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  • Exclusive, never-before released historical documents chronicling Bob Crane’s life and career.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

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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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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Open Statement from Karen Crane on Robin Williams and His Children

Karen Crane, daughter of Bob Crane, has responded to the tragic death of Robin Williams, the family he leaves behind (specifically his children), and those who malign others in public. The Crane family has born the brunt of public harassment and ridicule for decades following Bob's 1978 murder. In light of Robin Williams' death and in response to the hostility shown toward Robin's daughter Zelda via social media, Karen has openly stated the following:

"I saw this tonight and couldn't stop crying. I've been worried about his children, specifically his daughter, and then I see this. And I WISH that I couldn't relate, but I do. The sudden tragic death of a well-loved public figure, no matter whose hands caused it, as in my dad's murder or Robin Williams' suicide ~ It's the family who's left to dodge the verbal bullets, and it's not fair! I know because I've lived it, and I relate to how abusive the public can be, voicing their cutting opinions about a man, my father or HER father, whom they never met, and all while they sit safely at their computers behind locked doors. But even more unnerving is when they have the balls (sorry) to actually say it to my face. My dad's faults became public, but it never changed the fact that I love him, and he'll always be my dad. And I'd bet that Robin's daughter was close with her dad, too. My life's nightmare may finally get some rest after unloading it on paper, but this poor girl's nightmare is just beginning." 
~Karen Crane