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.
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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Commercial Break - Las Vegas Desert Inn / 1962

Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn opened on the Las Vegas Strip on April 24, 1950, and nearly every notable entertainer from 1950 to 2000 performed in the Painted Ballroom or "crystal showroom" of the hotel. You could also play a round of golf at the famous Desert Inn Country Club located on the grounds of the hotel. In the 1970s and 1990s, the Desert Inn went through major renovations, and in 1997, the Palms Tower was built. The Desert Inn celebrated its 50th anniversary with celebrity glitz and glamour, but on April 27, 2000, three days later, the resort was sold to Steve Wynn. The Desert Inn ceased operation on August 28, 2000, and shortly thereafter, Wynn started planning to demolish the hotel to make room for the Wynn Resort, which now occupies the property. The Las Vegas Monorail passes by the Wynn Resort, and upon approaching the Wynn from the north (coming from the Hilton), you will go over a section of the Desert Inn's once-grand golf course.

Here, Bob Crane promotes the Desert Inn in this 1962 commercial.

Desert Inn Radio Spot / 1962
Bob Crane Show / KNX-CBS Radio
February 15, 1962

Bob Crane / Desert Inn Commercial / 1962 by vote4bobcrane

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Note: On October 23, 2001, the Augusta Tower of the Desert Inn was imploded.

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