The Passing of Barbe and Bob

Sad passings today: Bob Hope, King of Comedy, and Jane Barbe, ubiquitous prerecorded telephone voice.

Bob Hope, the legendary comedian whose quick wit, daring personality and ski-sloped nose made him an icon of 20th-century entertainment, has died. He was 100.

One of the most recognizable voices in the country was silenced Tuesday. Jane Barbe, who recorded messages used by telephone companies across the country, died of complications from cancer at the age of 74.