Legendary comedian Bob Hope has one main factor pushing him to make it to his 100th birthday - he wants to live longer than his grandfather did.

The British-born funnyman, who will welcome in his landmark day tomorrow (29MAY03), wants to pass the family record set by his elder relative and add an extra digit to his age.

Hope's daughter LINDA says, "His eyes light up with each thing I tell him and they bring a big smile to his face. We've been blessed with every day he's been with us - and he's been very competitive, determined to be 100.

"His grandfather made it to 99 and dad always said, 'I'm going to beat that.'

"He has accomplished what God made him do. He's never complained - he could have been CEO of anything."

28/05/2003 21:22