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.
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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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Save Colonel Hogan's Jacket!

Colonel Hogan's U.S. Army Air Force bomber jacket and shirt that Bob Crane wore in Hogan's Heroes are now up for auction through Profiles in History and via ebay. It goes up on the auction block on September 30, 2015—one week from today. My feelings are—this doesn't belong with a private collector, it belongs in a museum!

Sadly, I am not rich (far from it!), but if I had this kind of money, I'd buy it and donate it in a heartbeat. But I'm also not one to just sit back and do nothing. 

So we launched a GoFundMe campaign. Make a difference and help us "rescue" Colonel Hogan's jacket! If we win the auction, both iconic props (jacket and shirt) will be donated to a museum, and if you wish, your name will be added to a list that accompanies them. 

And if we win this auction, Robert Scott Crane has generously and graciously offered to also donate the rest of the Hogan costume—Hogan's "50 Mission" crush cap, the pants, the original shirt, and tie—that his father, Bob Crane, wore in the series. These items, along with the jacket, will complete the outfit. If we win, we will consider donating to either the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles or the Smithsonian. This way, the entire costume would be together and on display for fans to see up close—which is long overdue!

If we don't win, you owe nothing. It's an All or Nothing campaign. In the event we do not receive enough or we do not win, I will reject the campaign at the end and no monies will be withdrawn. 

So donate what you can. If you can't donate, that's okay, too. Money's tight. But then please Share, Share, Share! Make our campaign go viral. We've got just SEVEN DAYS!! 

Ready? GO!




The auction has ended, and the jacket was sold to a private collector for $22,500. We hope the person who won the jacket will take good care of it and know that if we had the money, we would have bought it and donated it to a museum.

UPDATE:
On September 30, 2015, Colonel Hogan's U.S. Army Air Force bomber jacket that was owned and worn by Bob Crane in Hogan's Heroes (and by Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express) was auctioned off for $22,500. We tried to raise money to win the jacket so we could donate it to a museum. However, we were unsuccessful.

However... On October 1, 2015, I received an email from Edward Patrick, the CEO of the Liberty Aviation Museum​ in Port Clinton, Ohio. He informed me that the museum had bid on and won Hogan's bomber jacket. Further, the museum had also bid on and won Colonel Klink's uniform (as worn by Werner Klemperer) and Sergeant Schultz's overcoat (as worn by John Banner), which were also up for auction in the same lot as Hogan's jacket. These three signature props have now been safely relocated to the museum, where they will soon be on display for the public to enjoy. Hogan, Klink, and Schultz are all back together again! And we are thrilled!

We are extremely grateful to the Liberty Aviation Museum and humbled by their amazing gesture to preserve these iconic items in television history, and we send them our deepest gratitude and thanks. Please consider donating to/volunteering at the museum, liking them on Facebook, and/or following them on Twitter to show your support.

More information on the official Hogan's Heroes uniform display as we receive it!

Update 11/14/15:Just a quick note: It will take the museum a little bit of time to set up the temporary display, and a little longer for the permanent display. They figure about a month for the temporary display to be ready. Before you plan a trip, please check with the museum first to be sure the items are being showcased yet. Thanks!

2 comments:

  1. thats great news! this is the first i heard of this...bob,werner and john are all back together again in spirit...bob crane, from his acting has always struck me as the ultimate mans man...i wonder if he really was in real life...i kinda think so...

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    1. Thanks for your comment. We were very happy to see this happen! Bob has been described as both a gentleman and a gentle man by those who knew him well, including Arlene Martel, who played Tiger on Hogan's Heroes.

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