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, August 2, 2015

Book Trailer #1 for 'Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography'

It's hard to believe that in May 2011, this blog started as a web presence in support of Bob Crane's nomination for the National Radio Hall of Fame. His induction is still the goal, but it's only part of the larger effort. Everything ~ this campaign, the book, the website, the social media pages ~ they all are interconnected with the over-reaching aim of providing the truth about Bob Crane and shining light on his lesser-known yet equally important contributions to the entertainment industry and society.

On September 17, 2015, the long-awaited Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography will be published. If you haven't seen me around lately, it's with good reason. I've been just a little bit busy! In addition to the demands of my career as an editor and managing editor for a health care publishing firm, in my spare time, I spent two solid years writing the book, which took 12 years to research ~ a collaborative effort between Dee Young, Linda Groundwater, and myself. 

It was, for all involved, a pure and honest labor of love.

As I sit here holding the first official copy hot off the press, my heart swells. I'm completely overwhelmed. I won't lie. It's a huge book, and at 660 pages, my publisher was about ready to shoot me! Yet it was all important to include. Further, it's a treasure trove of history, not just about Bob Crane, but also of the eras in which he lived and worked.
  • The Great Depression
  • World War II
  • The Big Band Era
  • The Golden Age of Radio
  • The Swinging Sixties
  • The "Me" Decade of the Seventies
I hope, with all my heart, that this book brings a new perspective of Bob Crane to the media and public. Beyond that, I want more than anything for it to brings peace to his family, friends, and loved ones. In short, I truly hope it makes people happy ~ because brining joy and happiness to others was what Bob Crane always wanted to do. ~Carol Ford

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography ~ Trailer #1

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