Published in September 2015, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography contains the first-hand testimonies, memories, and recollections from 200 prominent individuals from Bob Crane's life. Family, friends as far back as grade school, and coworkers in radio, television (including many from Hogan's Heroes), theatre, and film have helped tell his complete story. In addition, the hard cover edition contains more than 200 rare family and professional photographs, some never before published or seen by the public until now. Discover the truth! If you think you know Bob Crane before reading this book, you don't know him at all. Author profits will be donated to various charities in Bob's memory.
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Official Statement about the Re-Investigation of Bob Crane's Murder (11/23/16)
"We—my coauthors and I, members of Bob Crane's family, his friends, and his colleagues—are always hopeful that one day, the true identity of Bob's murderer will be known and justice can be served. However, this recent investigation did not reveal any groundbreaking information or provide a resolution, and the subsequent media coverage did nothing more than bring unnecessary heartache to many who knew, loved, and cared about Bob. We do not discuss or endorse any speculative theories as to who may have committed the crime. We encourage those who want to know more about Bob Crane to discover his complete and true life story in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. All author profits are being donated to various charities in Bob's memory."
—Carol Ford, author, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bob Crane Helps WICC Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary ~ January 29, 1976

On January 29, 1976, Bob Crane was in Bridgeport, CT, to help WICC Radio celebrate its 50th anniversary. Bob talks about his time working at WICC from 1951-1956. (Note: WLIZ hired Bob in April 1951, but in November 1951, WLIZ purchased WICC. WLIZ staff, including Bob Crane, took over operations for WICC in early 1952 because it was the stronger signal, and WLIZ went quiet.)



This recording is courtesy of WICC, Bob's cousin and former WICC radio personality Jim Senich, and former WICC radio personality Al Warren. Selected photographs are courtesy of WICC, Scott Crane, Eliot Dober, Bill Dillane, and the Bridgeport Public Library. Some of the photos are poor resolution, but better than not having at all!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography ~ September 17, 2015

NEW BIOGRAPHY ABOUT 'HOGAN'S HEROES' STAR BOB CRANE
TO GIVE TRUE PERSPECTIVE ON ACTOR'S LIFE

WILBRAHAM, Mass., Feb. 18, 2015Bob Crane, best known for his work on the popular 1960s World War II sitcom Hogan's Heroes and whose 1978 murder remains unsolved, is the subject of a new biography that will give the public a completely different perspective on his life.

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography will be released on September 17, 2015, and according to author Carol Ford, refutes inaccurate judgments about Crane and provides an in-depth look at his life and major career accomplishments, many of which were unprecedented.

"Other works have dwelled primarily on the negative aspects of Bob Crane's life and his murder, to the exclusion of nearly all else," Ford said. "People simply don't realize how many important contributions he made to the entertainment industry and to society."

Ford and her co-researchers Dee Young and Linda Groundwater spent more than a decade interviewing approximately 200 prominent individuals from Crane's life—family members; friends as far back as grade school; coworkers in radio, television, theatre, and film; and the counselor/pastor who was helping Crane overcome his addiction shortly before his death—hoping to provide a more accurate account of his entire life. Ford believes she and her colleagues have done just that.

"Bob was a kind-hearted, talented man who genuinely wanted to do good," Ford added. "He was not perfect, but nobody is. His complete life story is dynamic and deserves to be told."

Born on July 13, 1928, in Waterbury, CT, Crane achieved international success as Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes. Prior to that, Crane spent 15 consecutive years in radio. His radio program consistently ranked at the top of audience market shares on each coast.

Crane's murder on June 29, 1978, in Scottsdale, AZ, shocked the public and garnered massive media coverage. Despite the glare, the crime has never been solved. What did come to light during the investigation was Crane's lifestyle, which included sex and amateur pornography with numerous consensual women. Shortly before his death, however, he had admitted to a pastor/addiction counselor that he realized he was a sexual addict and wanted to be healed.

The book will be published by AuthorMike Ink Publishing and will be available through all major book retailers worldwide. The book's release also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Hogan's Heroes, which premiered on September 17, 1965. A portion of the book's profits will be donated to various charities in Bob Crane's memory.

For more information, visit www.vote4bobcrane.org/book.html

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