Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bob Crane's New Biography: Update

I am happy to say that Bob Crane's biography is progressing nicely. I continue writing and editing as earlier chapters are being formatted. It is hard work. And it is a lot of hard work. But I am hopeful that the end result will please those who loved him, bring understanding to the public, and finally, do some justice for Bob that is so long overdue.

In 2015, Hogan's Heroes will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The release of Bob Crane's new biography will coincide with this milestone event for the series. And to get there, I will write, write, write; edit, edit, edit; proof, proof, proof. 

It you think you know Bob Crane because you saw the film Auto Focus, you don't know Bob Crane at all. Mark my words, Flipside: The True Story of Bob Crane will be nothing like Auto Focus. It will be accurate. It will be complete. It will be honest. It will be heartfelt. And it will be worth it!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bob Crane Interviews Mary Tyler Moore over KMPC (c. 1972)

In this charming clip, Mary Tyler Moore explains to Bob Crane about the origins of her full name, how she got started in acting, and her work on The Richard Diamond Show. Does it get any better than this?

The Bob Crane Show / Interview with Mary Tyler Moore
Thanksgiving Day (Year Unknown, circa 1972)
Broadcast over KMPC Radio / Hollywood, California
Clip courtesy of Scott Crane.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Restitution: Telling the Truth about Bob Crane

Taking a few minutes to update you on the status of Bob Crane's new, serious biography, Flipside: The True Story of Bob Crane. The first half of the book is written, and chapters are currently being formatting. Everything is moving along, and I'm hoping we can publish by the end of 2014. However, that being said, I also won't rush to publication. It will be perfect, or as close to perfect as humanly possible, before we go to press. Too much misinformation has already been released about Bob Crane to publish this book without ensuring every piece of information is accurate and verified.

As I have been on this journey, I have heard many words of thanks along the way. Linda Groundwater, Dee Young, and I have had people who knew Bob and who love him tell us "thank you for doing this" so many times, we have lost count. Last night, I heard those words again, this time from Bob's cousin, who told me, "Your wonderful writings will be a restitution. I pray for your publication."

Words such as this cannot be taken lightly. They reiterate the enormous responsibility that rests in my hands and in the hands of my research partners and collaborators ~ to finally, after all these years, tell the world who Bob Crane was, and just as importantly, who he was not.

Restitution. And so long overdue. But not much longer now.