Bora Bora and 1987 Television

Bora Bora will always have a special significance for Linda and me. I blogged last time about that, but now let’s answer the trivia question from the previous post: What entertainer taped a television show on the Liberte late in 1986 for a 1987 TV special?

The answer is Bob Hope, whose first television special of 1987  was called “Bob Hope’s Tropical Comedy Special From Tahiti.” His guests were Morgan Brittany, John Denver, Howard Keel, Jonathan Winters, Miss America Susan Akin and Miss Tahiti Ruth Manea. Bob Hope performed his monologue on the pool deck of the Liberte. The high point of the show was a parody of “Mutiny on the Bounty,” taped aboard an exact replica of the famous ship that had been built by director Dino DeLaurentis at Cook’s Bay, Moorea. The skit starred Hope as Captain Bligh, Howard Keel as the ship’s doctor, John Denver as Fletcher Christian and Jonathan Winters as a tribal chieftain with whose daughter Fletcher has fallen in love. The Bob Hope Show Backstage: Have Camera, Will Travel is a wonderful retrospective look at Bob Hope, his comedy writers, and television guests over the years.

Bob Hope taped his monologue aboard the Liberte the week of November 8-15, 1986. The reason I know this fact is that Linda and I cruised the Liberte one week later, November 15-22, 1986, on our very first cruise. Although the passengers, staff, and crew of the ship were thrilled that Bob Hope was aboard, the presence of Bob Hope’s television production crew and cast caused a lot of inconvenience for passengers. Although we would have loved to meet Bob Hope, Linda and I were happy to enjoy a more peaceful cruise.

I offer one last look at the beauty of Bora Bora.

Bora Bora Helicopter Ride

Aerial View of Bora Bora

The photo was taken during our second visit to Bora Bora in 2000 while we were touring the island by helicopter. Our ship can be seen in the background. We will never forget the beauty of the hues of blue and green in the lagoon.

Why not add Bora Bora to your own travel bucket list?

My wife Linda manages Antietam Travel Service in Frederick, Maryland, and I maintain the website http://www.antietamtravel.com and our Wordpress blog.

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