Hope College

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This collection consists of a 1963 episode of the popular television show Bonanza, titled “A Stranger Passed This Way.” In this episode, the city of Holland, Michigan, and Hope College are mentioned. The summary of the episode is as follows: “Hoss is robbed and struck on the head. When he regains consciousness, he can’t remember anything, including his own identity. He is picked up and taken in by a Dutch couple named Vandervoort. Ironically, they have lost a son and the woman, Christina, decides that Hoss is just what they need. She gives him a name and a home and becomes so comfortable with the situation that when Ben visits their home, she denies seeing Hoss.” She convinces her husband that they should move back to Holland, Michigan, where many of their friends have settled, and take Hoss with them. She tells Hoss about Holland, and that a college is being built that will be named “Hope.” Also included in this collection is correspondence associated with the acquisition of this video (DVD).


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