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

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Bob Crane Show - January 1, 1964 / New Year's Day Tribute to 1940s Big Bands

It's been quite awhile since our last post, but not without good reason. Much energy has been going into the organization and writing of Bob Crane's biography, and that is still on target for a 2014 publication date. But as 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to thank all of you for your support, as well as let you know that we will once again be re-nominating Bob for consideration and induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2014. Since this campaign began in 2011, it has grown and reached every corner of the globe. Many who either knew Bob, worked with him, or who work in the broadcasting and/or entertainment industries support Bob's induction and have officially endorsed his nomination.

It is a shame that Bob Crane has not yet been properly recognized for his work in radio or television. However, it is our ongoing hope that despite this oversight, every time someone visits our blog or Web site, and eventually reads our book, a clearer picture of this man comes into view. Bob Crane was more than just Colonel Hogan or a murder victim. He was simply a human being, who was a caring and doting father, who was a good friend, who was a hard worker, who gave back to the world through much generosity and acts of charity, who has been called a ray of sunshine by those who knew him, who was not perfect but was trying to overcome his demons, and who was a rare talent in the fields of music, broadcasting, television, theatre, and film. 

In this clip from the January 1, 1964, KNX New Year's Day broadcast, Bob provides a tribute to the Big Bands of the 1940s ~ the music he loved best. Enjoy, and Happy New Year! ~Carol Ford