Bob Hope flew into and out of many an airport in his day, but the
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport was closest to his home in Toluca
Lake. Now, the airport is likely to bear the legendary entertainer’s
name before the end of the year.
The Airport Authority on Monday unanimously approved an agreement
with Hope’s family to rename the facility the Bob Hope Airport,
paving the way for a deciding vote by the Joint Powers Authority.
“There couldn’t be a more deserving individual than Mr. Bob
Hope,” Burbank Airport Commissioner Don Brown said Monday, adding
that renaming the facility would be historic because only a few
airports in California are named after individuals.
All that is left is approval of the name change from the cities of
Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. If all goes according to plan, the
name change could be dedicated Dec. 17 -- the 100-year anniversary
“It’s an absolute thrill,” said Linda Hope, Bob Hope’s daughter,
who attended Monday’s authority meeting. “It is such a meaningful
tribute to my dad. Burbank has been like home for him.”
Hope, who died July 27 at 100, was a longtime resident of Toluca
Lake, and traveled to and from Burbank Airport many times. He even
had his own jet based there in his later years, his daughter said.
City Council members from each of the three cities support
renaming the airport.
“To me, I don’t mind if it’s called Bob Hope Airport, just like
John Wayne Airport was named after John Wayne,” Councilman Bob
Yousefian said Monday. “It’s just a name.”
Airport officials have said the estimated cost to change the name
of the airport will be $250,000. The changeover will include new
signage, a possible sign on the airport’s control tower and a
fund-raising gala, which would be held next year.
Former Burbank mayor Michael Hastings, who proposed the name
change on behalf of the Hope family, and who is working with the
authority to make it a reality, told the authority Monday that Hope
Enterprises and NBC, which aired Hope’s television specials, would
provide much of the funding. No money would be expected from the
three cities, he said.
“We’re equally excited, and whatever we have to do to make it
work, we’ll do it,” Hastings said.
After some discussion Monday by the authority and a vote, the
small audience and the commissioners broke into applause.
“The Burbank Airport is home, and home is where the heart is,”
Linda Hope said.