Patti and Bob Hope taken her Junior year in High School. There was a Miss Cinderella Contest at in Tulsa and Bob Hope was the MC and was to pick the best girl singer. There were 9 contestants and Patti won. Bob Hope gave her a check for $50 signed by him and Patti wouldn't cash the check. She framed it. (Remember she was known around Tulsa in 1946 but no where else). Later, Bob Hope's secretary called her and asked why it had not been cashed and she told them that she didn't want to loose his autograph! They told her to cash it and they would send her a copy of the check.
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