Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Resources and Official Contributors - 'Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography'

Original Research/Contributors (Research Phase: 2003-2015)
The following individuals have provided detailed recollections and information to the authors specifically for Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. Some people wished to remain anonymous for various reasons, and therefore, they are not listed here. The authors are deeply indebted and profoundly grateful to all who contributed, not only for sharing their memories and thoughts about Bob Crane, but also for believing in the true purpose of this work.

Family and Close Friends
Karen Crane (daughter) – Ongoing conversations 2012-2015
Robert Scott Crane (son) – Recorded interview June 2010, ongoing conversations 2010-2015
Jim Senich (cousin) – Recorded interviews June 2007, ongoing conversations 2004-2015
Jane (Senich) Ryfun (cousin) – Ongoing conversations 2012-2015
Barbara Trembley (nee Senich) (cousin) – Ongoing conversations 2012-2015
Charles Zito (best school friend) – Recorded interview August 1, 2008, ongoing conversations 2008-2010 (d. February 5, 2010)
Donald Sappern (school friend) – Recorded interviews August 18, 2006 and June 4, 2007
Dr. Edwin Gordon (school friend) – Recorded interview March 2, 2007
Neil McGuinness (school friend) – Via letter Summer 2008
Dr. David Dugan (school friend) – Via letter Summer 2008
Jane Golden (nee Lippoth) (school friend) – Recorded interview September 20, 2008, ongoing conversations 2008-2015
Harvey Geller (friend and neighbor) – Recorded interview August 24, 2007, ongoing email correspondence 2007-2009 (d. March 12, 2009)
Salvatore (“Tootie”) De Benedetto (friend and jazz band member) – Recorded interview November 30, 2007
Eliot Dober (friend, WICC, Exec. Dir. Cerebral Palsy Foundation – Connecticut) – Recorded interview June 20, 2009, ongoing conversations 2009-2010 (d. July 30, 2010)
Julius Bogdan (neighbor) – Conversation/statements only August 2009
John and Pamela (Hayes) Thompson (friends, theatre actors) – Recorded interviews August 23 and August 30, 2009, ongoing conversations 2009-2015

Friends and Classmates from Stamford High School, Stamford, CT
Edward Finney – Via letter Summer 2008
Raymond Gagliardi – Via letter Summer 2008
Louis Esposito – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Aniello Casillo – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Joe Delfino – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Gloria Rosa (nee Di Sette) (also co-worker Finlay Straus Jewelers) – Recorded interview Summer 2008
Mary Anderson (nee Daly) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Patricia Mucci (nee De Angelis) Via phone conversation July 10, 2008
John Bell – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Angelina Barcello (nee Moccia) – Via letter Summer 2008
Estelle Alterwitz (nee Silberman) – Via letter July 12, 2008
Nathan Gottfried – Via letter Summer 2008
Beatrice Wexler (nee Levinson) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Annalise Barrett (nee Biegler) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Ruth Lanyon (wife of Rodney Lanyon) – Via letter Summer 2008
Eric Ericson – Via letter Summer 2008
Catherine Dial (nee Kohores) – Via letter and phone conversation Summer 2008
Ed Caraszi – Via letter August 7, 2008
Jean Sempey (nee Packman) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
John Mercede – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Virginia Kristoff (nee Pendleton) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Martin Rosenblum – Via letter Summer 2008
Edward R. Martin – Via letter Summer 2008
Alice Jarrell (nee Peterson) – Via letter August 9, 2008
Cleante Pimpinella – Via letter Summer 2008
Frances C. Cassity (nee Maziuk) – Via letter Summer 2008
Anne Sessa (nee Lopiano) – Via conversation October 2011
Jackson A. Ransohoff (also brother of television producer Martin Ransohoff) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Doris Leidecker (nee Sidney) – Via letter Summer 2008
Phyllis Gallucci (nee Telesco) – Via letter Summer 2008
Audrey Ivanko (nee Swan) – Via letter Summer 2008
Additional members from the Stamford High School Class of 1946 who wished to remain anonymous but whose testimonies are on file with the authors.

Hornell, New York
Kevin P. Doran (WLEA, owner and on-air host) – Via phone conversation Spring 2014
John Sloggs (WLEA listener – 1950) – Via email correspondence 2014

Connecticut Radio
Frank Derak (WICC) – Ongoing conversations 2005-2015
Morgan Kaolian (WICC, Channel 43) – Via email correspondence, ongoing onversations
Wes Hobby (WICC) – Via email correspondence July 24, 2005
Al Warren (WICC) – Ongoing conversations 2005-2015
Jack Coombe (WNOC) – Via letter and ongoing conversations 2007-2015
Harry Luke (WICC, WNAB) – Via conversation August 2008
Bill Dillane (WADS, WICC) – Ongoing conversations 2007-2015
Gene Valentino (WATR) – Via email correspondence December 29, 2008
Martha Gross (WICC) – Via conversations 2007-2008
Rev. Tom Carten (WICC) – Via phone conversation May 18, 2009
Michael Collins (WICC, Connecticut Broadcasters Association Historian)
Bob Slugoski (WATR) – Via email correspondence
William Secor (participant, WICC Junior Achievement) – Via email correspondence
February 3, 2013
John Ramsey (Connecticut Broadcasting History) – Ongoing conversations 2007-
Mark Ammann (nephew of Wayne Mitchell, WICC, Channel 43) – Phone conversation/email, February 26, 2015

California Radio
George Nicholaw (KNX) – Via letter and phone conversation June 13, 2007 (d. August 9, 2014)
Tom Bernstein (KNX) – Via email correspondence June 2007
Tom and Diane Thornton (KNX) – Recorded interviews July 13 and 14, 2007
Leo McElroy (KNX) – Recorded interview July 7, 2007
Gordon Mason (KNX) – Recorded interview August 16, 2007 (d. December 10, 2007)
Tom Kelly (KNX) (statement only) – Via phone conversation Summer 2007
John Hokom (KNX program director) – Via email correspondence
John Sutton (son of Robert P. Sutton, former KNX general manager) – Via phone conversation February 20, 2015
Geoff Edwards (KMPC) – Recorded interview June 28, 2007 (d. March 5, 2014)
Roger Carroll (KMPC) – Via email correspondence Summer 2007
Bob Maryon (KMPC) – Recorded interview August 11, 2007
Joe Cosgrove (KPOL-Los Angeles/KTHO-Lake Tahoe) – Recorded interview August 18, 2007
Gary Owens (KFNB/KMPC) – Recorded interview July 14, 2008 (d. February 12, 2015)
Bill Wolff (KNX) – Via phone conversation August 9, 2007 (d. December 2012)
Arlen Peters (KNX) – Via email correspondence August 2007
Alan Hall (KNX) – via phone and email correspondence (August 2012)
Tom Hatten (KNX) (statement only) – Via letter
Additional former KNX colleagues and Columbia Square alumni who wished to remain anonymous but whose testimonies are on file with the authors.

The Donna Reed Show
Eddie Foy, III (casting director) – Recorded interview March 30, 2008
Paul Petersen (actor) – Recorded interview April 15, 2008

Hogan’s Heroes
Albert S. Ruddy (co-creator and producer) – Recorded interview April 15, 2008
Jerry London (associate producer, director) – Recorded interview August 17, 2007
Bruce Bilson (director) – Recorded interview February 6, 2008
Robert Butler (director) – Recorded interview April 13, 2009
Robert Clary (actor) – Via handwritten correspondence October 14, 2008
Cynthia Lynn (actress) – Recorded interview April 24, 2007 (d. March 11, 2014)
Arlene Martel (actress) – Recorded interview September 8, 2006 (d. August 12, 2014)
Victoria Carroll (actress, also The Love Boat) – Recorded interview June 20, 2009
Robert Hogan (actor) – Recorded interview October 28, 2008
Jon Cedar (actor) – Via email correspondence August 8, 2007 (d. April 14, 2011)
Inge Wegge (actress) – Via email correspondence March 31, 2005
Monte Markham (actor) – Recorded interview July 26, 2015
Ruta Lee (actress) – Via email correspondence October 14, 2014
Bernard Fox (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence July 24, 2007
Alan Oppenheimer (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence June 18, 2006
Stewart Moss (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence September 9, 2006
Frank Marth (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence September 2006

Bob Crane, His Drums and Orchestra Play the Funny Side of TV
Stu Phillips (music producer) – Recorded interview June 8, 2007

Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
Larry D. Mann (actor; statement only) – Via handwritten correspondence July 17, 2009
Maureen Arthur (actress) – Recorded interview August 1, 2009

Arsenic and Old Lace
Robert Scheerer (director; statement only) – Via handwritten correspondence September 2008

The Bob Crane Show
Norman S. Powell (creator/producer/director) – Recorded interview February 26, 2008
James Sutorius (actor) – Via email correspondence February 8, 2008
Bruce Kimmel (actor) – Via email correspondence July 27, 2006

Ellery Queen
Edward Abroms (director) – Via phone conversation September 2008

The Hawaii Experience
John Orland (director) – Recorded interview July 6, 2009

The Love Boat
Ted Lange (actor) – Via email correspondence August 18, 2009
Victoria Carroll (actress, also Hogan’s Heroes) – Recorded interview June 20, 2009

Celebrity Cooks
Derek Smith (owner and producer) – Recorded interview June 19, 2009
Anne Kear (associate producer/talent agent) – Recorded interview June 27, 2009
Roger Packer (studio director) – Recorded interview June 19, 2009

The Flaw
Jim French (radio scriptwriter) – Via email correspondence June 20, 2006

Send Me No Flowers (1969)
Rick Plastina (actor) – Recorded interview June 3, 2009

Tunnel of Love (1959)
Who Was That Lady (1960)
Donald Freed (Director) – Recorded interview July 27, 2014

Beginner’s Luck
Victoria Berry Wells (actress) – Recorded interview February 27, 2007
Donna (Siegfried) Goobic (lighting designer/stage manager, Beverly Dinner Playhouse, New Orleans [1972-76]) – Recorded interview August 16, 2009
Michael Cahill (The Cahill Archives, Beverly Dinner Playhouse, New Orleans) – Via email correspondence Summer 2009

Other Contributors
Dick Van Patten (actor) – Via email correspondence July 18, 2006
Monty Hall (television host) – Via email correspondence February 17, 2008
Tom Davis (brother of Larry Hovis, actor) – Recorded interview July 27, 2008
Richard Addrisi (musician, The Addrisi Brothers) – Via email correspondence July 25,
Colonel Jerry Chipman, USAF (Retired) – Via email correspondence June 10, 2006
Pat Boone (musician) – Via email correspondence
Martin Ransohoff (television producer) – Via phone conversation October 2008
Marie Blesk (Stratford, CT, PAL Talent Unit) – Via letter August 2008
Ed Begley, Jr. (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence July 21, 2008
Francine York (actress, The Red Skelton Hour) — via written correspondence May 8, 2015
Dr. Leo Finkelstein, Jr. (USAF film writer/pro ducer/director) – Via email correspondence February 1, 2009
Frank and Marion Karas, owners, The Floor Covering Shop, Stamford, CT – June 2007
Ron Marcus (historian, Stamford Historical Society) – Ongoing correspondence 2004-2012

Therapy and Clinical Psychology Regarding Sex Addiction
Reverend Edward Beck (retired; vice president, Windmill Dinner Theatre, Scottsdale, Arizona; addiction counselor) – Via email correspondence and audio letters May 15, 2006, July 27, 2006, October 12, 2006, and July 7, 2009
Veronica Monet, ACS (sex addiction/human sexuality expert) – Recorded interview January 2009
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT, CST (sex addiction expert) – Recorded interview January 2009
Nancy Irwin, PsyD, C.Ht. (sex addiction expert) – Recorded interview January 2009
David Bissette, PsyD (sex addiction expert) – Recorded interview January 2009

Print, Audio, and Video Resources

More than 600 published and/or recorded resources were located and referenced. Many were clippings Bob Crane saved in his scrapbooks or taken from his own personal audio collection. Digital versions of all resources are on file with the authors.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2015 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention / Hogan's Heroes 50th and Bob Crane Biography

Save the date! We are booked for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention (September 17-19, 2015, at the Hunt Valley Wyndam, Hunt Valley, Maryland)! 

On Saturday, September 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m., I'll be doing a presentation based on research from Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography and will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hogan's Heroes. In addition, I will have a booth in the exhibit hall, where I can talk with attendees and sell copies of the book. 

More details coming soon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography ~ Pre-Orders Now Available for Hardcover Edition

Pre-Orders of Hardcover Edition 
Now Available!
Limited edition, hardcover, signed copy of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

This is a pre-sale. The book will ship out on September 1st, two weeks before release date.

Deluxe, expanded edition contains:
  • Exclusive, never-before released historical documents chronicling Bob Crane’s life and career.
  • More than 200 family and professional photographs, many exclusive, courtesy of Bob Crane's family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Over 600 pages containing first-hand accounts from nearly 200 people from Bob Crane's life.
  • Personally signed by all three authors: Carol M. Ford, Dee Young, and Linda J. Groundwater.
  • Hardcover embossed with a stamp of Bob Crane’s original signature.

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography is being published by AuthorMike Ink Publishing and will be available through all major book retailers worldwide.

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


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


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography - Author's Update

Just a quick update on Bob Crane's new biography. I continue to make great progress with writing and reviewing page proofs, and my colleagues and I are still on target for a summer 2015 publication release date. 

People remember Bob Crane for his work on Hogan's Heroes, for his murder, and for the sex scandal that erupted immediately following his death. There is no denying that Bob had an addiction. And that is exactly what it was. An addiction.

Regardless of how he appeared on the outside during his sexual prowess and conquests, inside, he was feeling something much different. Pages and pages and pages of testimony from the pastor and addiction counselor who was counseling Bob at the time of his murder in June 1978 reveal a man who was terribly ashamed of his behavior and who wanted desperately to change. His was a powerful addiction, with its grasp reaching as far back as the early 1950s in Connecticut.

Bob knew he was addicted. He was suffering personally and professionally because of it. He wanted to change. He confided these deep, innermost thoughts and feelings to only two addiction counselors. He did not share these things with his family or his friends. It was his own private battle, and he did not want the people he cared about to know. He was ashamed.

In addition to a rich and detailed accounting of Bob's entire life, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography will provide a thorough and deep understanding of his recognition of his addiction and his strong desire to break free of it and overcome it. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hogan's Heroes Ice Bucket Challenge


We have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge! Well, Col. Klink has for us. Here's our video for you to enjoy. We, in turn, tag all of YOU to try and donate whatever you can ~ time or money ~ to ALS or to any charity of your choice.
We think the Ice Bucket Challenge is really pretty awesome and one of the most creative awareness campaigns in recent years. But it's only as good as the people who donate ~ either time or money. You don't have to donate a lot of cash if you don't have it...just whatever you can give. We're thrilled the ALS Assocation has received so much attention and support! But there are others in need as well. Dumping water on your head will get a few laughs, but remember it's about charity. Be sure to give to the ALS or any charity of your choice, regardless of whether or not you brave the icy water!

Special Note: Bob Crane was a strong supporter of a great many organizations, volunteering his time and money to countless charities. Most notably, he volunteered with the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network, the Cystic Fibrosis Fund Drive, and the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation Telethon, as well as hosting the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon on a regular basis.