Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2015: Wow, What a Year, with More in Store for 2016!

A few friends stopped in during my book signing
for Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography
at Bogart's Bookstore and Cafe
in Millville, New Jersey. I love this place!

On Friday evening, December 18, 2015, I enjoyed a night of book signing, music, and conversation at Bogart's Bookstore & Cafe in Millville, New Jersey. This was the latest in a string of book signing events I have done since Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography was published in September, and I have to say, I'm hooked! I love every second of it! There is nothing I love more than meeting people who like and appreciate Bob Crane, or who didn't know a whole lot about him before talking with me and who walk away with a more profound understanding of who he was as a person. 

Whether it was during a presentation before a large audience at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland, or casual conversations with curious shoppers at independent bookstores, one by one, people are starting to learn about Bob Crane. He was more than Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes, more than a murder victim, and more than a means to a profit via scandal and sensationalism. He was human—and a good human at that. 

By far, my favorite moments are when people approach me with pre-conceived notions about Bob because of what they have already seen in the media but who change their opinion after meeting me. Initially, they use words like "creep," "pervert," "deviant," and "sick-o" to describe Bob, only to discover they have been misinformed. One lady came up to my table on Friday night and said, "Oh, that guy. I know all about him." After a few minutes of talking with me, however, her demeanor changed. Before she left, she said, "Thank you. I'm so happy and relieved to know he wasn't a jerk! I always liked him on Hogan's Heroes. This makes me feel so much better!"

Other favorite moments include learning that people have driven great distances to meet and talk with me. At the Nostalgia Convention in Maryland, one person drove all the way from Texas, and on Friday night, a gentleman and his wife drove up from Delaware. I'm completely humbled and touched by their gestures, and I only wish I had more time to talk with them! 

What I'm discovering is what my gut has always told me: people want to like Bob Crane. They just want to be reassured. I know because before I wrote this book, I was one of them. They loved him on Hogan's Heroes. Those who were lucky enough to hear his radio programs on both the East and West coasts loved hearing his shows. But since his murder and the sex scandal that followed, many have been unsure of what to think of their favorite POW or radio personality, especially when all the media has ever seemed to focus on were his murder and sex scandal. Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography is different from anything else that has ever been done for him. It puts everything in context, presents the facts, and dispels the myths. It's okay for people to like Bob Crane again! And for those who have read the book and/or talked with me, their outpouring of gratitude—and often with emotion—speaks volumes.

As we close out 2015, I am happy to say this has been a tremendous year for me. The first half was spent finishing writing and formatting, and the second half was spent promoting the book and enjoying its success. After production and publishing expenses are paid off, author profits will go to various charities in Bob Crane's memory. The reason for publishing this book was never to get rich; it was to simply do Bob justice by telling his true story.

As we move into 2016, more book signings/author appearances will be announced (save the date: February 6, 2016, I'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Deptford, New Jersey). I'm trying to work out some appearances in the Midwest and in Los Angeles, and I'll keep you posted as those develop. More radio interviews will be conducted. And of course, we will keep up our ongoing efforts for Bob's induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The year 2015 was a remarkable year for me, and I anticipate 2016 will be just as exciting and rewarding. Thank you to every single one of you who has supported and helped along the way! 

Stay tuned—more good things are on the horizon!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Donna Reed Show — 'A Very Merry Christmas!'

Note: In March 1963, Bob Crane made his first appearance on The Donna Reed Show as Dr. Dave Blevins. This one guest appearance led to his being cast in the semi-regular role of next-door neighbor Dr. Dave Kelsey, officially launching his acting career and preparing him for the future. Bob thought highly of Donna Reed, who often coached him as an actor and offered him advice during Hogan’s Heroes. When asked about what he thought of Donna, he said, “She was marvelous. I learned everything I know in the business from her.” (For more about Bob Crane’s role on The Donna Reed Show, click here.) Although Bob did not appear in the Christmas episode, we have chosen to take this opportunity to honor The Donna Reed Show with a post about her holiday episode, "A Very Merry Christmas," as part of Me-TV's "A Very Merry Blogathon," hosted by the Classic TV Blog Association. This post is written by guest author Jude H. Cormier, owner and manager of the We Love The Donna Reed Show Facebook page. Thank you, Jude, and Happy Holidays to all!


The Donna Reed Show — 'A Very Merry Christmas!'

by Jude H. Cormier

When one thinks of the Christmas holiday, especially the televised version of it, you have the expected pitfalls and trappings. The Donna Reed Show’s “A Very Merry Christmas” (which is, in fact, the series’ lone holiday episode) has these things delivered in a warm and funny package. Scenes of Christmas cards dangling, sermons about the commercialism of the holiday, jokes about how awful everyone thinks fruitcake is, especially as a gift, are presented in typical, but still amusing fashion. The madness of shopping for gifts that are bound to be returned seem quaint, even by the late 1950s standards. 

What really sets this episode apart is the discovery that the children’s ward of the hospital (where Dr. Stone works and Donna Stone volunteers) seems to have been overlooked among the rush and bustle of doing “Christmas.” Donna is just appalled that no one seems to be doing anything for the children. Enter the wonderful Buster Keaton, who, as the hospital custodian, has been secretly doing it for years. Donna offers her assistance, much to the protest of her own kids, who can’t bear the thought of their own plans being interrupted.

In true heartwarming fashion, Donna’s family pulls through and brings gifts and decorations to the hospital. We all know Donna Reed for her wonderful contribution in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, but this episode of her sitcom is just as good in her repertoire for delivering the message of Christmas.

So gather up the family around the cozy fire, pass the sugar cookies, enjoy mugs of eggnog, and yes, a slice or two of the dreaded fruitcake, and make it “A Very Merry Christmas” for at least 30 minutes.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Win a Free Autographed Copy of Bob Crane's New Biography and Hogan's Heroes Season 6!

The cast of Hogan's Heroes season six.
Back row: John Banner, Richard Dawson, Bob Crane, and Werner Klemperer.
Seated: Robert Clary, Kenneth Washington, and Larry Hovis.

'Tis the Season! 
And we're celebrating by giving away some gifts! Simply submit your name and email address via our secure Contact Us form, and one lucky person will win an autographed hardcover copy of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography AND a brand new DVD box set of Hogan's Heroes season 6! Enter before midnight EST on December 23. Winner will be announced on December 24. Happy Holidays, and good luck! 

~Carol, Dee, and Linda

Sunday, December 6, 2015

'A Gift of Love and Laughter — Enjoy the Gift!'

Bob Crane with Ruta Lee on Hogan's Heroes.
The lovely and talented Ruta Lee, who appeared in several episodes of Hogan's Heroes ("To Russia Without Love," "Who Stole My Copy of Mein Kampf," and "Hogan and the Lady Doctor), and whose extensive resume includes her work on Operation Eichmann and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, was happy to contribute to Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. She liked Bob very much, and she had wonderful memories about working along side of him on Hogan's Heroes. 

She recalled his sense of humor and professionalism, and when asked what she wanted people to know about Bob, she said, "What the world saw and got was a gift of love and enjoy the gift!"

You can read more about Ms. Lee's remembrances of working with Bob on the set of Hogan's Heroes in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, available through all major book retailers worldwide.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bob Crane's 'Cavalcade of Turkeys' — Thanksgiving Day, 1972 (KMPC)

On November 23, 1972, Bob Crane hosted a special Thanksgiving Day program over KMPC Radio in Los Angeles. During his show, he played segments of a few celebrity interviews from his day s at KNX, including those of Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Lawrence, Hugo Montenegro, and Jerry Lewis. Here is the full recording of that special, split into two parts. The Condition of the tape had unfortunately deteriorated over time, but the slight imperfections in the sound quality do not take away from the joy of being able to hear this broadcast from Thanksgiving 1972!

Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Note: This recording was a part of Bob Crane's personal collection of his radio shows and is courtesy of his son, Scott Crane.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Last Time I Saw Paris (Robert Clary — Hogan's Heroes)

In honor of those who lost their lives in last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, as well as for so many others in attacks around the world: Robert Clary's version of The Last Time I Saw Paris, from the album 'Hogan's Heroes' Sing the Best of World War II.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Don't Get Discouraged — Everything Happens for the Best

It was early spring in 1962. and Bob Crane had been working in radio for twelve years, and at KNX-CBS Radio in Hollywood for six of them. He was at the height of his radio career, with his early morning drive-time show commanding the airwaves in Southern California. But he hadn't arrived at this position immediately. With meager beginnings at a jewelry/emporium shop in Stamford, Connecticut, in the late 1940s following high school graduation, Bob had climbed his way out of merchandizing and into radio, and up the proverbial career ladder.

It was only after he finally achieved broadcasting success in Los Angeles, however, when he was able to take a step back and evaluate his journey thus far. And he realized that, despite his own impatience, nothing happens overnight. Everything takes time. He called this the "idea of learning."

Bob's cousin Jim Senich was just starting his radio career in early 1962, and Jim was proud to follow in his older cousin's footsteps. But Jim was also discouraged at the response he was receiving. He saw Bob's success and was eager to achieve similar goals for himself. Bob and Jim were not only cousins, they were friends, and Jim looked up to Bob as a role model. And so, Jim sought his advice.

"Don't get discouraged," Bob told him in an audio letter, hoping to ease Jim's worries. "Eventually, what you're looking for is gonna happen, and by the time it does happen, you'll be that much better along the way to what you should be. Don't get discouraged, and just keep on plugging along, and what you want will eventually be yours. You know, there's nothing to stop it if you just keep on working hard. And by working hard, I mean doing the best job you possibly can. Everything happens for the best, and I believe it completely."

This is very sound advice, and it can be applied to anyone, at any stage of life. Wherever you are right now, I can almost guarantee you you're eager for the next thing, whether it is something new in your career or a personal goal. Whatever it is, if it's not yours yet, it's because you still have work to do to prepare for it. It took me most of my life to finally be able to write Bob Crane's biography, and twelve years to officially research it with Dee Young and Linda Groundwater and then publish it. And only now, as I look back on this journey, can I see and appreciate why things happened in the certain order that they did.

Nothing happens overnight. And Bob's "idea of learning" is something we all must learn. We must figure out how to be patient even though we want something to happen now. We should come to accept that sometimes, things just have to happen in their own way and in their own time, because even though it's difficult, it truly will be for the best.

And I believe that—completely.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hogan's Jacket, Klink's Uniform, Schultz's Overcoat—Off to a Museum!

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. But 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 are now 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.

NOTE: Author Carol Ford will visit the Liberty Aviation Museum on June 11-12, 2016. She will discuss her work on Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography and Bob Crane's life and times, and will sign copies of the book. For more information, contact the Liberty Aviation Museum.

Latest picture of the temporary Hogan's Heroes display.
Sent to Carol Ford from the Liberty Aviation Museum
February 17, 2016.

Monday, November 9, 2015

The 'Hogan's Heroes' Photo that Launched a Book

I first saw this picture when I was just 14 years old. I was in a Borders bookstore, and I was flipping through this big, green, heavy book—The Great TV Sitcom Book. I had recently discovered Hogan's Heroes, and I didn't know anything about the cast. But I knew Bob Crane was my favorite. I turned to the section on Hogan's, and I found this picture.

At first, I was thrilled because in the mid-1980s, there was no such thing as the Internet, Me-TV, or classic TV shows on video tape, DVD, live streaming, or YouTube. I got my Hogan's "fix" on a little 17-inch B&W TV, and finding just one little Hogan's Heroes picture in a random book was like striking gold. But it was what was written under the picture that stunned me. See, this is when I learned of Bob Crane's murder, how and when he was murdered, and that the crime was still unsolved. My heart was broken!

This picture always reminds me of that moment. That's when my little 14-year-old self said, "I'm going to help make this right. I don't know how I'm ever going to do that because I'm just a kid. But I promise I'm going to do something!" So I started researching Bob Crane...and I never stopped. And thirty years and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears later...and with the help of my friends...I wrote and we published a book. 

I'm often asked how and why I decided to write Bob Crane's biography. There is never an easy answer. It's not like I just woke up one day and said, "Hey! Here's a neat idea..." The journey was long, and with many twists and turns in the road. But it's always been a big part of my life to discover Bob's full life story, and now that I have, I will always want others to discover it, too.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

'Celebrity Cooks'—The Real Story Behind Bob Crane's Appearance

"I'm happy to set right a wrong... [Bob Crane was] a true professional. A well-together, fun gentleman. Full of laughs. The most well-adjusted person you'd ever want to meet. 
I wish you nothing but success [for your book]."
—Derek Smith, owner and producer, 'Celebrity Cooks'

The original, unofficial story goes something like this:

In the late spring of 1978, Bob Crane guest-starred on the Canadian television series Celebrity Cooks. A few days later, on June 29, he was murdered. His episode was supposed to air on July 10, but on July 1, it was pulled from the lineup out of respect. One source—a CBS network spokesman, Jeff Erdel—provided more details to a curious public about his decision not to air the episode. Upon reviewing the tape shortly following Bob's murder, Erdel claimed to have watched a wretched, sleazy, and broken Bob Crane stumble through the show. According to Erdel, Bob made inappropriate jokes about sex, and he talked extensively about death—making "death jokes," which Erdel found to be eerie in the wake of Bob's murder. Erdel also said he saw Bob crying, choking back tears as he discussed his separation and impending divorce from his second wife, Patricia Olson (Sigrid Valdis). This all happened in front of a live studio audience and as the cameras rolled. Erdel made his feelings about the episode known to the press immediately following Bob's murder. A few months later, he gave an exclusive interview with a gossip magazine journalist, who published a lengthy article, claiming that Bob's alleged questionable state of mind—evident to at least Erdel in the Celebrity Cooks episode—may have led to his murder. According to Erdel, Bob's episode never aired. Robert Graysmith later wrote about the event in his book, The Murder of Bob Crane, and it was also depicted in the Bob Crane biopic, Auto Focus.

It certainly makes for an interesting story, and my colleagues Linda Groundwater, Dee Young, and I had no reason to doubt what the media, a journalist, a seasoned author, and a movie producer told the world. Our bigger question was—why? What really happened on that day of the Celebrity Cooks taping? Why had Bob not been able to hold it together? What was going through his mind to cause him such angst, to the point where he could not control his emotions before the cameras and an audience? Others had talked to us at length about Bob's professionalism. His work was extremely important to him, and he was driven toward success. Bob did have a broad sense of humor, but behaving in such a manner was way out of character for him. And for this to have happened so close to his murder must have meant he was in deep despair and on the edge. What a terrible, heartbreaking thought. So we set out to find out.

Linda and I interviewed three people directly affiliated with Celebrity Cooks, and more importantly, who were present on the day of Bob's episode taping: owner and producer Derek Smith, talent agent Anne Kear, and stage manager Roger Packer. We spoke to them separately, with none of them able to influence the others' responses. And what we discovered was both enlightening—and disturbing.

According to Smith, Kear, and Packer, everything that has been told about Bob Crane's appearance on Celebrity Cooks before now is wrong, completely inaccurate, and nothing more than salacious hype. They were furious about how Bob and his Celebrity Cooks episode have been portrayed over the years, and they were more than happy to set things right.

Bob Crane with Celebrity Cooks host Bruno Gerussi share a laugh with
their live studio audience. (January 25, 1978)
In fact, according to all three, Bob was not only a terrific guest, he was one of their best guests. They recalled he was very personable and funny, and received an enthusiastic and warm response from his audience. He and host Bruno Gerussi had a lot of fun making his signature dish, "Chicken a la Hogan's Heroes." The only joke about death that producer Derek Smith recalled was one about cannibals having the mother-in-law for dinner, and the fact that he could not remember anything out of the ordinary meant that the episode had gone well.

At no point did anyone find Bob's temperament or disposition to be off-color, inappropriate, or in the least bit depressed. According to all three, there was no crying or talk of sex or his marital troubles. In fact, if Bob had exhibited any of those traits as reported by Erdel, they would have stopped tape and allowed him to collect himself, or they would have cancelled the episode entirely. Celebrity Cooks aired in the mid-afternoon, a time when young children would be watching. There was no way the producers or anyone connected with the show would have allowed an out-of-control guest ruin their reputation for providing wholesome, light, family entertainment.

Bob's episode was taped on January 25, 1978, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His was the second of three episodes taped that day. The other two episodes were with renowned French chef Julia Child, who taped the first and third episodes. It aired at least five times in Canada, beginning in February 1978 and repeated several times throughout the winter and spring of that year. Bob's episode was so well received, in fact, that it was going to be the first episode to be aired in syndication in the United States, and it was set for July 10, 1978. That is, until one man's uncorroborated opinion following Bob's untimely death changed all that.

This new information certainly made for a less-sensational story than the version that has been circulating and told ad nauseam since his death. In this case, the lack of story is the real story. There simply was no story, and so, one was exaggerated or, at worst, invented—for what? Fifteen minutes of fame? Ratings? Who knows. But it forced yet another unnecessary—and incorrect—footnote to Bob's legacy. And that is most disturbing.

When people ask us, "Why did you write Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography?", I give them examples. There are so many reasons why. And Bob Crane's Celebrity Cooks appearance is just one of many instances where others trying to tell his life story got it very, very wrong, and it must be made right.

Listen to our expanded podcast episode about Bob's appearance on Celebrity Cooks:

Note: Bob Crane's Celebrity Cooks appearance is covered in great detail in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. For more information, click here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tribute to Kevin P. Doran — Owner, General Manager of WLEA

Over the course of researching Bob Crane's biography, I've met, talked with, and gotten to know many people across the country and all over the world. These individuals become a part of my own life and make a lasting impression. Kevin P. Doran, owner and general manager of WLEA in Hornell, New York, was no exception.

Bob Crane at WLEA, Hornell, NY (1950)
Courtesy of Scott Crane and published in
Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography.
WLEA holds the honor of being the first radio station to hire Bob, and it will always be an important chapter in both his and WLEA's history. At WLEA, Bob started applying his learned and self-developed broadcasting skills, voice impersonations, and gimmicks. It was where he first experimented with his formula of sampling and began "messing" with or "enhancing" sponsors' ads. And WLEA is very proud of Bob Crane and of his affiliation with their station. 

When Linda Groundwater started researching Bob's biography in 2003, WLEA was one of the first places of importance that she contacted. Kevin responded quickly, full of support and offers to help in any way that he could. I also reached out to Kevin a few times—both for help with the biography as well as with our efforts for Bob's induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Kevin never failed to offer his assistance wherever he could, which included reaching out to his listeners who may have known Bob or listened to his show. And some of those responses made it into the book!

Kevin also provided a statement of praise for Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, which is published on the back jacket cover, stating: "If you're a Bob Crane fan, this book is a must. Loved the old pictures of Crane in his WLEA days."

On April 16, 2014, Kevin interviewed me. It was my first-ever radio interview, and this rookie was just a little nervous! It was pre-recorded, where I called in from home. It was pouring down rain that day, and I was trying to keep my six-month-old golden retriever puppy, Copper, quiet, but was failing miserably. During a break in the interview, I managed to get him outside despite the April showers, and although he got pretty muddy, at least he wasn't squeaking the toys anymore! Right towards the end of the interview, Copper let out a few loud barks, and these can be heard in the interview. Kevin laughed, saying, "Mad dog!" I'll never forget it—my first interview, and Copper had to get his two cents in!

I was saddened to learn that on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Kevin succumbed to leukemia, a battle he had been fighting for decades. I, along with Linda Groundwater and Dee Young, offer our sincerest condolences to Kevin's family, friends, and coworkers. Kevin will always be remembered as one of the best, and I know he will be missed by so many who loved him. Rest in peace, Kevin, and thank you for everything.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Save Hogan's Jacket — Time Is Running Out

We're serious about winning back Colonel Hogan's bomber jacket (owned and worn by Bob Crane on Hogan's Heroes). And if we win, we're donating it to a museum. Further, Bob Crane's son, Scott Crane, will donate Hogan's "50 Mission Crush Cap," shirt, tie, and pants to complete the outfit, so that fans may see the entire uniform on display. Hogan's jacket, which was also worn by Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express, is an iconic piece of Hollywood history, and it belongs in a museum.

Please help us out by sharing or donating. But time is running out. The auction goes up on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. If we can't raise enough funds, we can't bid on it, and it will go back into the hands of a private collector. Thanks to all who have already supported this cause!

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.

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!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bob Crane, His Hogan Cap, and a Nostalgic Celebration

I had been waiting for this moment my whole life. That moment when I could present before a large group of people about a subject I have adored since my childhood: Bob Crane.
Author Carol Ford in the vendor hall at the Mid-Atlantic
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.

I won't lie. It was scary. I'm a writer. I'm an editor. I love meeting and talking with people. But I've never been a public speaker. Leading my Editorial Department meetings can cause my stomach to do flip flops (or turn over on itself, as Sgt. Andrew Carter would say). And that's with people I know and love and work with on a daily basis! This was something completely different.

So as I got up on the stage and situated myself behind the microphone on Saturday, September 19, 2015, for my first-ever seminar presentation, I started to feel that familiar feeling of dread. What if I messed up? What if the slides don't work correctly? What if the audio doesn't work? What if I freeze and can't remember what to say?

And then I remembered what Bob once told his cousin Jim Senich. He said, "Look at it this way. When you get up to speak, and you look out at that audience, just remember one thing. No one out there can do what you're doing. They're going to be with you all the way."

Setting up for Carol Ford's presentation at the Mid-Atlantic
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.
And they were. 

I met a lot of people who attended my session at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. They were excited, curious, and interested to learn more about the man who brought Colonel Hogan to life. They were with me as I talked, listening to every word I said. I plowed through my presentation—perhaps a bit clumsily at first, but then with more confidence and grace.

When I finished, they applauded and rushed to the stage to see the Holy Grail of Hogan's Heroes—Colonel Hogan's "50 Mission" crush cap that had belonged to Bob and was on loan to me for the event by Bob's son, Robert Scott Crane. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hogan's Heroes and the launch of Bob's new biography!

Colonel Hogan's "50 Mission" crush cap, owned by
Bob Crane and on loan by Bob's son, Scott Crane,
for the  Mid-Atlantic 
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.
And it was, without question, one of the best moments and most extraordinary days of my life.

It was also one of the most humbling and overwhelming days I have ever experienced. For on that day, I witnessed something quite amazing.

People don't immediately remember or realize all of the good Bob did in his life.

His fifteen consecutive years in radio, where he changed radio and invented the style of "sampling"—performing a seamless show from beginning to end and interspersing his gimmicks, commercial antics, music, drumming, commentary, and skits, not to mention his celebrity interviews. 
Colonel Hogan's "50 Mission" crush cap, owned by
Bob Crane and on loan by Bob's son, Scott Crane,
for the  Mid-Atlantic 
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.

His numerous charitable contributions to many organizations, including the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network, and entertaining U.S. troops.

His decision to not accept the role on Hogan's Heroes until he knew for sure it would not offend veterans and former POWs.

His hard work at learning the craft of acting and studying under acclaimed acting instructor Stella Adler.

His devotion to his friends, always looking out for them and helping them whenever he could.

His love for his entire family and all of his four children—Robert (Bobby), Debbie, Karen, and Scott.

His strong desire to, no matter what challenges were before him, remain positive, seeking to do good and be good.

Bob Crane's Hogan's Heroes scrapbook,
on loan by Bob's son, Scott Crane,

for the  Mid-Atlantic 
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.
Bob Crane once said, "When I was a kid, I fell in love with Spencer Tracy in Captains Courageous. That, to me, was the ideal. A good man. A brave man. What I would want to be. I'm still in love with that." 

Perhaps no other quote sums up Bob Crane more than that particular quote. 

After my presentation, I talked with attendees who came forward to get a closer look at Hogan's cap. One beautiful soul traveled all the way from Texas just to hear my talk. Others were in awe over what I had told them and what they were able to see. But it was one lady who came forward with tears in her eyes who I will remember most. 

And when I saw her tears, I said, "Oh, no! You're crying?"

Her next words affected me deeply.

"You have changed my negative perception about Bob Crane, and you have given me my show back."

Bob Crane's Hogan's Heroes belongings,
on loan by Bob's son, Scott Crane,

for the  Mid-Atlantic 
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.
A lot of people want to like Hogan's Heroes. And they want to like Bob. However, with his murder and scandal swirling for decades, that has not been easily achieved for some people. Yet with every word I spoke, every slide I showed, and every question I answered, something remarkable happened. 

It all started to change. It was a shift toward the positive and the truth.

After listening to me speak, people were able to like Bob Crane again. And I watched this beautiful phenomenon unfold right before my eyes. 

I had not been prepared for that, and it was overwhelming. Afterwards, when I had a few quiet minutes alone, I cried, not tears of sorrow, but tears of joy. All of the work we have done on Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography and for Bob himself was now, finally, making a difference.

I will always remember the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention for all of the fun I had as a vendor and a speaker. I completely sold out of books, and I met some really wonderful people who will stay in my heart forever. 

But most of all, I will never forget watching the dark clouds lift and the negative opinions change, allowing Bob's true legacy of light, love, and kindness to shine through once again.

Carol Ford talks with attendees following her presentation at the Mid-Atlantic 
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.

Carol Ford talks with attendees following her presentation at the Mid-Atlantic 
Nostalgia Convention, September 17-19, 2015.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Celebrate Hogan's Heroes 50th Anniversary and Bob Crane's New Biography with Us!

This is it! Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography will be released in just seven days, and right on the 50th anniversary of the show that made Bob and international celebrity—Hogan's Heroes! I'll be at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention next week and will present a session on Bob Crane, his new biography, and Hogan's Heroes on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. I hope to see you there! It's gonna be great!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Back to School with Colonel Hogan and Corporal Newkirk: Bob Crane Interviews Richard Dawson

It's that time of year again—back to school! Where did summer go?

On September 15, 1972, Bob Crane hosted a back-to-school special over KMPC Radio in Los Angeles, during which time he interviewed several celebrities about their school days. In this clip, Bob interviewed Richard Dawson, who talks about his school experiences and growing up in England.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bob Crane's New Biography—Only a Few Weeks Away!

Have you pre-ordered your copy of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography yet? If not, what are you waiting for? 

If you think you know Bob Crane because you saw AutoFocus, think again! You have a lot to learn! This new book details Bob's entire life, taking you all the way back to his hometown roots in Connecticut, through World War II and his early radio career in the 1950s and 1960s, onto international stardom as the beloved Colonel Robert E. Hogan on Hogan's Heroes, as well as his film and theatre work, and beyond—up until the night he was brutally murdered on June 29, 1978. This book also discusses his sexual addiction, and brings a new awareness of it from a clinical perspective, something that has never before been done for him. 

Bob Crane was a human being. Neither a devil nor a saint, he was not perfect, but he was perfectly human. There was a lot to say about Bob—650 pages worth! And so much of it was overwhelmingly good!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography / Book Trailer #2—Hogan's Heroes

I've gotta tell ya, I love making the book trailers! Special thanks to my brother-in-law, Jeff Reim, who always does a superb narration. This trailer includes excerpts from the Hogan's Heroes chapter published in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. This chapter is 100 pages long and loaded with photographs (different from the ones shown in this video). Hope you enjoy! (And be sure to grab your copy of the book!)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The End of an Era: Bob Crane's KNX-CBS Radio Finale—August 16, 1965

It was the end of an era.

Bob Crane, who had made a dynamic name for himself in radio on both the East and West Coasts beginning in 1950, was trading his radio microphone in for a U.S. Army Air Force officer's crush cap. And when Bob signed off KNX for the last time on Monday, August 16, 1965, there was a literal sob heard throughout Southern California, and most audibly, throughout the halls of Columbia Square, home of KNX.

Bob had already spent the last eight months working on Hogan's Heroes, all while maintaining his regular schedule at KNX. He thought he could continue on at KNX while also working full time on Hogan's Heroes, similar to as he had done while working on The Donna Reed Show. Ambitious though he was, Bob soon discovered he was wrong. The new schedule had proven to be grueling, and it started to affect not only his work, but his health.

The following is an exclusive excerpt from Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, by Carol M. Ford, with Dee Young and Linda J. Groundwater:
CBS had made it quite clear: Hogan’s Heroes must be a winner. They would accept nothing less. Neither would Bob. But with a starring role on a TV series and his regular job at KNX, Bob’s already manic schedule would now be nothing short of insane. Something had to give. Bob’s intention was to continue at KNX while filming Hogan’s Heroes, working both jobs simultaneously the same way he had done when he worked on The Donna Reed Show. On May 6, 1965, Bob entered into another one-year contract with CBS to continue his morning program at KNX from 1965-1966. By this time, the agreements between Bob and KNX were fairly informal, with Bob himself even claiming that they were more or less a handshake deal, even though signed contracts did exist. Bob enjoyed his work in radio, and KNX knew Bob was their top commodity.
However, after filming the first several episodes of Hogan’s Heroes, the arrangement soon proved to be far more difficult than Bob or anyone else had anticipated. There was a big difference between being part of a supporting cast and carrying the lead role in a series. Nevertheless, Bob struggled to maintain both jobs.
“I did both The Donna Reed Show and my radio show for two years,” Bob said. “But that was a situation where I wasn’t in every scene. I wasn’t Donna Reed in other words. But in this series, I am Donna Reed.” 
The dual career arrangement was to be short-lived. By June 1965, Bob had discovered that juggling two full-time and highly prolific careers was irrational—and impossible. He could not perform both jobs well, take care of himself and his family, and remain sane. It became too much.
“People were swarming around me with fresh cups of coffee, foot massages, and soothing words,” Bob had said, “and it suddenly hit me what the trouble was—I was just too darned tired. I had pushed it. When we first started the new series, I was falling apart physically. That’s when I decided I couldn’t do the radio show too. I tried to carry on until January [1966] after my replacement for radio was hired. But one day, I just started forgetting my lines. That was the day I made up my mind to quit the [radio] show. Being on radio and starring in a TV series at the same time means waking up at five-thirty a.m., going to do four hours of radio, then running down to the set and staying there until seven-fifteen at night, then getting my makeup off and going back to the radio station to get my music ready for the next day, getting home at nine-thirty, eating dinner, looking at my lines for a few minutes, and then falling asleep. I got so I was Uncle Daddy to my kids. ‘My wife, what’s her name’ and all those jokes were apropos. When I’d drive in the driveway, the kids would say, ‘Hey, here comes Bob Crane.’ I got Bob Sutton (general manager of KNX) on the phone and said, ‘I’ve had it, buddy. I’m bugging out early,’ and that was that. Fortunately, there is such a great group of guys over there that they understood.” 
Despite the signed contract, CBS and KNX realized that it was dangerous to Bob’s health for him to continue at full capacity in both Hogan’s Heroes and at KNX. So, with the approval of KNX and CBS, Bob bowed out of radio. It was a pivotal decision for Bob to leave the medium he had always loved and that had made him both wealthy and famous. After more than fifteen consecutive years behind the microphone, from one coast to the other, Bob hosted “The Bob Crane Show” live for the last time over KNX on Monday, August 16, 1965. (pp. 215-216/hardcover edition, © Carol M. Ford). 
Bob Crane brought a whole new dimension to radio. He incorporated what KNX termed his "show stuff" (in other words, his skits, gimmicks, and drumming) with the traditional programming of music and commercials. Bob invented what was known as "sampling"—not breaking his show into segments, but rather, having everything flow together. A commercial became part of a skit became part of the next record, during which he would also drum along, and then some pieces were revisited later during another part of the show. It all flowed together; none of it was compartmentalized.

A gifted voice impersonator, KNX also hailed him as radio's "Man of a Thousand Voices," and most of the voices heard on Bob's show were created and performed by Bob himself. People listening would swear they were hearing Bob carrying on a conversation with another person in a particular skit, but in reality, in many cases, it was all performed by Bob and then pre-recorded.

Of course, Bob's KNX celebrity interviews were unparalleled in radio at the time, and should still today command great respect. These interviews are a treasure trove of Hollywood history. During his tenure at KNX, he interviewed thousands of celebrities and Hollywood notables. So successful and entertaining were his interviews, that producers urged Bob to transition his radio show to television. They also pressed him to replace Jack Paar on The Tonight Show. After Bob declined, it went to Johnny Carson.

Bob's colleagues in radio have referred to him as a radio genius. Much of what Bob did behind the mic seemed to flow right from his mind, without any preparation. And while some of that is true—some of his quips and ad libs were spontaneous—he prepared extensively for his radio show, so much so, that when he launched into his program each morning, it all flowed together. He was very much at home behind a microphone, and he enjoyed every second of it.

Bob stayed close to radio for his entire life. During Hogan's Heroes, he donated many hours of his time with the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network. Following the cancellation of the series, he returned to radio briefly, working at KMPC, where he filled in for his former broadcasting competition, Dick Whittinghill, and then provided a year-long series of specials for the station. In 1976, he returned to WICC in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he helped the station celebrate its 50th anniversary.

In radio, Bob Crane became a star. We all know him as the wise-cracking Colonel Hogan, but radio is where he got his basic training. He learned new skills at every station, beginning at WLEA in Hornell, New York, in 1950, and he carried those skills with him throughout radio and beyond into acting and directing. The impromptu title bestowed upon him—"King of the LA Airwaves"—is mostly accurate. He truly was, but not just in Los Angeles! 

Shortly before his death, Bob hinted at possibly wanting to write his own autobiography. Imagine what we might have learned—and specifically about radio and his time at KNX—if his life had not been cut short and he had only been allowed that opportunity.

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Support and Endorsement, Resources and Official Contributors - 'Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography'

Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography, as well as all of our work on behalf of Bob Crane, is officially supported and endorsed by members of Bob Crane's family, including his son Robert Scott Crane, his daughter Karen Crane, and several of his cousins, and they have also contributed to the book. Further, our book and all of our ongoing work are supported and endorsed by Bob Crane's close friends as far back as grade school; his coworkers in radio, television, theatre, and film; and the counselor who was helping Bob Crane understand and deal with his addiction shortly before his murder—an addiction Bob himself recognized and from which he wanted to heal. As you can see below, all of these individuals also contributed to our book. Thus, with such tremendous endorsement and support, as well as extensive research spanning decades, we can say, with support from Bob Crane's family and his estate, that we are Bob Crane's official biographers. We provide truth, clarity, and understanding about his life, from birth to death, without judgment or any profit-driven agenda. Author proceeds are regularly donated to charity or are used to offset costs of continuing our work on his behalf.


Original Research/Contributors (Research Phase: 2003-2015)
The following individuals have provided detailed recollections and information to the authors specifically for Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. Some people wished to remain anonymous for various reasons, and therefore, they are not listed here. The authors are deeply indebted and profoundly grateful to all who contributed, not only for sharing their memories and thoughts about Bob Crane, but also for believing in the true purpose of this work.

Family and Close Friends
Karen Crane (daughter) – Ongoing conversations 2012-2015
Robert Scott Crane (son) – Recorded interview June 2010, ongoing conversations 2010-2015
Jim Senich (cousin) – Recorded interviews June 2007, ongoing conversations 2004-2015
Jane (Senich) Ryfun (cousin) – Ongoing conversations 2012-2015
Barbara Trembley (nee Senich) (cousin) – Ongoing conversations 2012-2015
Charles Zito (best school friend) – Recorded interview August 1, 2008, ongoing conversations 2008-2010 (d. February 5, 2010)
Donald Sappern (school friend) – Recorded interviews August 18, 2006 and June 4, 2007
Dr. Edwin Gordon (school friend) – Recorded interview March 2, 2007
Neil McGuinness (school friend) – Via letter Summer 2008
Dr. David Dugan (school friend) – Via letter Summer 2008
Jane Golden (nee Lippoth) (school friend) – Recorded interview September 20, 2008, ongoing conversations 2008-2015
Harvey Geller (friend and neighbor) – Recorded interview August 24, 2007, ongoing email correspondence 2007-2009 (d. March 12, 2009)
Salvatore (“Tootie”) De Benedetto (friend and jazz band member) – Recorded interview November 30, 2007
Eliot Dober (friend, WICC, Exec. Dir. Cerebral Palsy Foundation – Connecticut) – Recorded interview June 20, 2009, ongoing conversations 2009-2010 (d. July 30, 2010)
Julius Bogdan (neighbor) – Conversation/statements only August 2009
John and Pamela (Hayes) Thompson (friends, theatre actors) – Recorded interviews August 23 and August 30, 2009, ongoing conversations 2009-2015

Friends and Classmates from Stamford High School, Stamford, CT
Edward Finney – Via letter Summer 2008
Raymond Gagliardi – Via letter Summer 2008
Louis Esposito – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Aniello Casillo – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Joe Delfino – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Gloria Rosa (nee Di Sette) (also co-worker Finlay Straus Jewelers) – Recorded interview Summer 2008
Mary Anderson (nee Daly) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Patricia Mucci (nee De Angelis) Via phone conversation July 10, 2008
John Bell – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Angelina Barcello (nee Moccia) – Via letter Summer 2008
Estelle Alterwitz (nee Silberman) – Via letter July 12, 2008
Nathan Gottfried – Via letter Summer 2008
Beatrice Wexler (nee Levinson) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Annalise Barrett (nee Biegler) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Ruth Lanyon (wife of Rodney Lanyon) – Via letter Summer 2008
Eric Ericson – Via letter Summer 2008
Catherine Dial (nee Kohores) – Via letter and phone conversation Summer 2008
Ed Caraszi – Via letter August 7, 2008
Jean Sempey (nee Packman) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
John Mercede – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Virginia Kristoff (nee Pendleton) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Martin Rosenblum – Via letter Summer 2008
Edward R. Martin – Via letter Summer 2008
Alice Jarrell (nee Peterson) – Via letter August 9, 2008
Cleante Pimpinella – Via letter Summer 2008
Frances C. Cassity (nee Maziuk) – Via letter Summer 2008
Anne Sessa (nee Lopiano) – Via conversation October 2011
Jackson A. Ransohoff (also brother of television producer Martin Ransohoff) – Via phone conversation Summer 2008
Doris Leidecker (nee Sidney) – Via letter Summer 2008
Phyllis Gallucci (nee Telesco) – Via letter Summer 2008
Audrey Ivanko (nee Swan) – Via letter Summer 2008
Additional members from the Stamford High School Class of 1946 who wished to remain anonymous but whose testimonies are on file with the authors.

Hornell, New York
Kevin P. Doran (WLEA, owner and on-air host) – Via phone conversation Spring 2014
John Sloggs (WLEA listener – 1950) – Via email correspondence 2014

Connecticut Radio
Frank Derak (WICC) – Ongoing conversations 2005-2015
Morgan Kaolian (WICC, Channel 43) – Via email correspondence, ongoing onversations
Wes Hobby (WICC) – Via email correspondence July 24, 2005
Al Warren (WICC) – Ongoing conversations 2005-2015
Jack Coombe (WNOC) – Via letter and ongoing conversations 2007-2015
Harry Luke (WICC, WNAB) – Via conversation August 2008
Bill Dillane (WADS, WICC) – Ongoing conversations 2007-2015
Gene Valentino (WATR) – Via email correspondence December 29, 2008
Martha Gross (WICC) – Via conversations 2007-2008
Rev. Tom Carten (WICC) – Via phone conversation May 18, 2009
Michael Collins (WICC, Connecticut Broadcasters Association Historian)
Bob Slugoski (WATR) – Via email correspondence
William Secor (participant, WICC Junior Achievement) – Via email correspondence
February 3, 2013
John Ramsey (Connecticut Broadcasting History) – Ongoing conversations 2007-
Mark Ammann (nephew of Wayne Mitchell, WICC, Channel 43) – Phone conversation/email, February 26, 2015

California Radio
George Nicholaw (KNX) – Via letter and phone conversation June 13, 2007 (d. August 9, 2014)
Tom Bernstein (KNX) – Via email correspondence June 2007
Tom and Diane Thornton (KNX) – Recorded interviews July 13 and 14, 2007
Leo McElroy (KNX) – Recorded interview July 7, 2007
Gordon Mason (KNX) – Recorded interview August 16, 2007 (d. December 10, 2007)
Tom Kelly (KNX) (statement only) – Via phone conversation Summer 2007
John Hokom (KNX program director) – Via email correspondence
John Sutton (son of Robert P. Sutton, former KNX general manager) – Via phone conversation February 20, 2015
Geoff Edwards (KMPC) – Recorded interview June 28, 2007 (d. March 5, 2014)
Roger Carroll (KMPC) – Via email correspondence Summer 2007
Bob Maryon (KMPC) – Recorded interview August 11, 2007
Joe Cosgrove (KPOL-Los Angeles/KTHO-Lake Tahoe) – Recorded interview August 18, 2007
Gary Owens (KFNB/KMPC) – Recorded interview July 14, 2008 (d. February 12, 2015)
Bill Wolff (KNX) – Via phone conversation August 9, 2007 (d. December 2012)
Arlen Peters (KNX) – Via email correspondence August 2007
Alan Hall (KNX) – via phone and email correspondence (August 2012)
Tom Hatten (KNX) (statement only) – Via letter
Additional former KNX colleagues and Columbia Square alumni who wished to remain anonymous but whose testimonies are on file with the authors.

The Donna Reed Show
Eddie Foy, III (casting director) – Recorded interview March 30, 2008
Paul Petersen (actor) – Recorded interview April 15, 2008

Hogan’s Heroes
Albert S. Ruddy (co-creator and producer) – Recorded interview April 15, 2008
Jerry London (associate producer, director) – Recorded interview August 17, 2007
Bruce Bilson (director) – Recorded interview February 6, 2008
Robert Butler (director) – Recorded interview April 13, 2009
Robert Clary (actor) – Via handwritten correspondence October 14, 2008
Cynthia Lynn (actress) – Recorded interview April 24, 2007 (d. March 11, 2014)
Arlene Martel (actress) – Recorded interview September 8, 2006 (d. August 12, 2014)
Victoria Carroll (actress, also The Love Boat) – Recorded interview June 20, 2009
Robert Hogan (actor) – Recorded interview October 28, 2008
Jon Cedar (actor) – Via email correspondence August 8, 2007 (d. April 14, 2011)
Inge Wegge (actress) – Via email correspondence March 31, 2005
Monte Markham (actor) – Recorded interview July 26, 2015
Ruta Lee (actress) – Via email correspondence October 14, 2014
Bernard Fox (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence July 24, 2007
Alan Oppenheimer (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence June 18, 2006
Stewart Moss (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence September 9, 2006
Frank Marth (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence September 2006

Bob Crane, His Drums and Orchestra Play the Funny Side of TV
Stu Phillips (music producer) – Recorded interview June 8, 2007

Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
Larry D. Mann (actor; statement only) – Via handwritten correspondence July 17, 2009
Maureen Arthur (actress) – Recorded interview August 1, 2009

Arsenic and Old Lace
Robert Scheerer (director; statement only) – Via handwritten correspondence September 2008

The Bob Crane Show
Norman S. Powell (creator/producer/director) – Recorded interview February 26, 2008
James Sutorius (actor) – Via email correspondence February 8, 2008
Bruce Kimmel (actor) – Via email correspondence July 27, 2006

Ellery Queen
Edward Abroms (director) – Via phone conversation September 2008

The Hawaii Experience
John Orland (director) – Recorded interview July 6, 2009

The Love Boat
Ted Lange (actor) – Via email correspondence August 18, 2009
Victoria Carroll (actress, also Hogan’s Heroes) – Recorded interview June 20, 2009

Celebrity Cooks
Derek Smith (owner and producer) – Recorded interview June 19, 2009
Anne Kear (associate producer/talent agent) – Recorded interview June 27, 2009
Roger Packer (studio director) – Recorded interview June 19, 2009

The Flaw
Jim French (radio scriptwriter) – Via email correspondence June 20, 2006

Send Me No Flowers (1969)
Rick Plastina (actor) – Recorded interview June 3, 2009

Tunnel of Love (1959)
Who Was That Lady (1960)
Donald Freed (Director) – Recorded interview July 27, 2014

Beginner’s Luck
Victoria Berry Wells (actress) – Recorded interview February 27, 2007
Donna (Siegfried) Goobic (lighting designer/stage manager, Beverly Dinner Playhouse, New Orleans [1972-76]) – Recorded interview August 16, 2009
Michael Cahill (The Cahill Archives, Beverly Dinner Playhouse, New Orleans) – Via email correspondence Summer 2009

Other Contributors
Dick Van Patten (actor) – Via email correspondence July 18, 2006
Monty Hall (television host) – Via email correspondence February 17, 2008
Tom Davis (brother of Larry Hovis, actor) – Recorded interview July 27, 2008
Richard Addrisi (musician, The Addrisi Brothers) – Via email correspondence July 25,
Colonel Jerry Chipman, USAF (Retired) – Via email correspondence June 10, 2006
Pat Boone (musician) – Via email correspondence
Martin Ransohoff (television producer) – Via phone conversation October 2008
Marie Blesk (Stratford, CT, PAL Talent Unit) – Via letter August 2008
Ed Begley, Jr. (actor; statement only) – Via email correspondence July 21, 2008
Francine York (actress, The Red Skelton Hour) — via written correspondence May 8, 2015
Dr. Leo Finkelstein, Jr. (USAF film writer/pro ducer/director) – Via email correspondence February 1, 2009
Frank and Marion Karas, owners, The Floor Covering Shop, Stamford, CT – June 2007
Ron Marcus (historian, Stamford Historical Society) – Ongoing correspondence 2004-2012

Therapy and Clinical Psychology Regarding Sex Addiction
Reverend Edward Beck (retired; vice president, Windmill Dinner Theatre, Scottsdale, Arizona; addiction counselor) – Via email correspondence and audio letters May 15, 2006, July 27, 2006, October 12, 2006, and July 7, 2009
Veronica Monet, ACS (sex addiction/human sexuality expert) – Recorded interview January 2009
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT, CST (sex addiction expert) – Recorded interview January 2009
Nancy Irwin, PsyD, C.Ht. (sex addiction expert) – Recorded interview January 2009
David Bissette, PsyD (sex addiction expert) – Recorded interview January 2009

Print Resources

Many print resources included here were clippings Bob Crane saved in his scrapbooks. While he had written the date and publication on most of them, on some, he had not. Although every effort was made to locate the missing information, in some instances, we were unsuccessful. Digital versions of all articles and/or clippings are on file with the authors.

__. (1946, June 6). 537 receive diplomas at H.S. commencement. Stamford Advocate (Stamford, CT).
__. (1951, January 15). Variety show. The Bridgeport Telegram.
__. (1951, February 5). Air-casters. Broadcasting-Telecasting, p. 52.
__. (1951, April 19). New ‘Town Crier.’ The Bridgeport Telegram.
__. (1951, November 18). WICC control acquired by station WLIZ interests. The Hartford Courant, p. 16.
__. (1952, January 25). Playhouse will cast for 13 parts in Jerome Chodorov’s ‘Kind Lady.’ The Wilton Bulletin. Retrieved from
__. (1952, July 21). Bridgeport fete: WICC ties in with parade. Broadcasting-Telecasting, p. 46.
__. (1952, December 8). Air-casters. Broadcasting-Telecasting, p. 58.
__. (1953). Back in your own back yard. WICC Bridgeport, Conn. Bob Crane. Who’s Who in TV and Radio, 1(2), 92.
__. (1953, March 1). 1926 to 1953: WICC reflects epic of radio-TV. Local station history shows bold pioneering. Sunday Herald (Bridgeport, CT), p. 101.
__. (1953, March 6). “County members of the Connecticut Chiropractic Association…” The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT).
__. (1954, October 29). Campus notes: University of Bridgeport. The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT), p. 44.
__. (1955). Man of the morning. TV Radio Mirror, 45(1), 6.
__. (1955, January 15). Variety show. The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT), p. 5.
__. (1955, January 29). To address Kiwanis. The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, CT), p. 29.
__. (1955, March 6). “WICC’s Bob Crane receiving fan mail…” The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT), p. B-1.
__. (1957, April 7). Former WICC disc jockey Bob Crane… The Sunday Herald (Bridgeport, CT), p. 80.
__. (1958, April 13). Rotary to hear Bob Crane, star of radio show. Valley News (Van Nuys, CA).
__. (1958, May). “’Oops’ groans Bob Crane…” TV Radio Life.
__. (1958, May 1). Auxiliary sets moms’ lunch. Van Nuys News, p. 38-A.
__. (1958, May 3). This week’s television radio news in pictures. TV Radio Life, p. 7.
__. (1958, August 21). ‘Man of 1000 Voices’ guest of BP Rotarians. Covina Argus Daily Tribune (Covina, CA), p. 51.
__. (1958, October). Just plain Crane. TV Radio Life.
__. (1958, October 4). Along TV-radio row. TV Radio Life, p. 41.
__. (1959). A laugh in the morning: Bob Crane. See/Hear, 1(12), 10.
__. (1959, January 20). Kiwanians enjoy radio personality at Tuesday meet. Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 20.
__. (1959, May 20). Bob Crane goes on CBS network. The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, CT).
__. (1960, July 4). A stereo commercial. Broadcasting, p. 32.

__. (1960, October 6). Soroptimists set theater party Sunday. Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 28-C.
__. (1961, January 22). Disc jockey Crane guest of Valleyrama. Valley News (Van Nuys, CA).
__. (1961, April 27). Luncheon kicks off Realtor Week. Valley News (Van Nuys, CA).
__. (1962, March 22). Testimonial to erudition for Deejay Bob Crane. Radio-Television Daily, p. 5.
__. (1962, July 29). Candid TV week. TV Sunday News, p. 2.
__. (1962, August 7). “KNX’s Bob Crane…” Radio-Television Daily, p. 8.
__. (1962, August 23). Bob Crane stars in comedy. Pasadena Independent (Pasadena, CA), p. 21.
__. (1962, August 27). Bob Crane to act in summer theatre. Independent (Long Beach, CA), p. 21.
__. (1962, December 27). It’s slapstick to suspense for quick-change comic. Radio-Television Daily, p. 8.
__. (1963). It’s the story of Bob Crane. TV Radio Mirror, 61(1), 64-65.
__. (1963, January 20). Being parent rough. The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, CT), p. 54.
__. (1963, April 14). Bob Crane stakes claim to TV fame. Bridgeport Sunday Herald (Bridgeport, CT), p. 17.
__. (1963, September 8). “It is interesting to note...” The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, CT), p. 93.
__. (1964, January 9). Tarzana Chamber. Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA).
__. (1964, February 18). Give $92,910 to aid fight on arthritis. Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 4B.
__. (1964, March 16). “This refreshing honest…” Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), p. 23.
__. (1964, March 26). Bob Crane is full of it every morning. Pasadena Independent (Pasadena, CA), p. 28.
__. (1964, June 13). “A more domesticated ‘doctor’ Bob Crane…” Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA), p. 13.
__. (1965). Critics’ consensus – ’65-’66.
__. (1964, September 21). California query. Broadcasting-Telecasting, p. 103.
__. (1965). Deejay may have hit in Nazi POW series. Cincinnati Post.
__. (1965). First rating: Newcomer ‘Hogan’ 5th.
__. (1965). ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ to premiere in black [and] white. Longview News Journal (Longview, TX).
__. (1965). Nielsen’s new show numerology.
__. (1965, January 5). Crane on of Bing’s TV pilot Heroes.’
__. (1965, January 5). ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ rolling at Desilu this week.
__. (1965, January 9). Tarzan Chamber. Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA).
__. (1965, March 1). Award-winning commercials. Broadcasting-Telecasting, p. 36.
__. (1965, June 1). New comedy series added next season. The Sandusky Register (Sandusky, OH), p. 26.
__. (1965, June 4). Crane exits KNX for TV; Rege Cordic replaces him.
__. (1965, June 23). On all channels: ‘Hogan’s’ humorous heroics; Brodkin’s folktune pilot. Variety.
__. (1965, July 28). Rating the new television season. PiQ fates & fortunes on the new season. Variety, p. 53.
__. (1965, August 17). Bob Crane is star in upcoming series. Progress Bulletin Entertainment, p. 10.
__. (1965, August 30). Crane’s rags Army vintage. The Sandusky Register (Sandusky, OH), p. 18.
__. (1965, September). Opening week top 20.
__. (1965, September 4-10). Two premieres in one: Lee’s and Network’s. Chicago Tribune TV Week, p. 8.
__. (1965, September 7). ‘Survival kit’ is promotion for CBS ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’
__. (1965, September 10). Taken for granted. The Hawk-Eye Burlington News, p. 13.
__. (1965, September 15). Radio and television. The Virginian Pilot, p. 28.
__. (1965, September 18). TV reviews: Mr. Roberts has to shape up or ship out. The Los Angeles Times.
__. (1965, September 20). Hogan’s Heroes (review). Variety.
__. (1965, September 20). Looks like nip-and-tuck ratings race this season. Variety.
__. (1965, September 24). Show business: Television: The overstuffed tube.
__. (1965, September 27). Look: Networks turn to teen-agers. Newsweek.
__. (1965, October 2). Bob Crane. TV Viewer (Anchorage, AK).
__. (1965, October 12). ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ TV’s top NEW show! Variety.
__. (1965, October 24). Viewers apparently agree – POW camp can be funny. Los Angeles Herald-Examiner TV Week, pp. 4-5.
__. (1965, November 7). ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ No. 1 in J-A poll; 4 new shows in top 10. New York Journal American, p. 3-L.
__. (1965, November 14). TV poll. Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, p. H10.
__. (1965, November 22). Inside TV: Heroes to film 32 episodes. Los Angeles Times.
__. (1966). “Leader of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ attended school in city” (Hornell, NY).
__. (1966). The unlikeliest hero of them all. TV Star Parade, 16(6), 8, 70-71.
__. (1966). Who said that? Hogan’s Heroes talk-a-thon. TV Star Parade, 16(9), 29-31, 71-72.
__. (1966, January 30). Cover close-up: ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’ Independent Star News (Long Beach, CA), p. 9.
__. (1966, February 12). ‘Hogan’s Heroes’: Bob (Hogan) Crane and Werner (Klink) Klemperer make it sound like ‘a real fun war.’ TV News, pp. 7-9.
__. (1966, February 27). Bob Crane names to headline show for Jewish home. Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA).
__. (1966, April 20). “Visitors to the set of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’…” The Herald-Mail Company (Hagerstown, MD), p. 3.
__. (1966, May 1). Ex-Waterburian served as ‘Remington Raider.’ Waterbury Sunday Republican (Waterbury, CT).
__. (1966, May 2). Letters help writers. Valley Independent (Monessen, PA), p. 21.
__. (1966, May 21). Kissing yes, smoking, no! El Paso Herald Post (El Paso, TX), p. 11.
__. (1966, June 5). Emmy off-guard. Independent Star News (Pasadena, CA).
__. (1966, June 5). TV talk: Emmy Awards a success. Independent Star News (Pasadena, CA), p. 69.
__. (1966, June 11). Actor Bob Crane an individualist. Hogan’s Heroes won’t do appearances as group. Courier Times.
__. (1966, June 25). Stars of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ to guest on John Gary Show. Weekend Daily Reporter (Dover, OH), p. 8.
__. (1966, June 26). Bob Crane and the dead fly caper. Citizen News TV Week.
__. (1966, June 26). Bob Crane’s ‘instant’ success story. Nashua Telegraph, p. 3.
__. (1966, July 24). Bob Crane turns down Ed Sullivan. The Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH), p. 7-C.
__. (1966, September 12). Hogan’s Heroes has new secretary to help befuddle Germans; rest of cast unchanged. Montana Standard Post (Butte, MT), p. 23.
__. (1966, September 24). ‘Pleasant peasant’ blouse: Hogan’s girl sparks scenes. El Paso Herald (El Paso, TX), p. 31.
__. (1966, September 25). Crane makes comedy album. Express and News, p. 9.
__. (1966, September 26). Sigrid Valdis: She’s there when needed or even sooner. The Daily Herald (Provo, UT), p. 24.
__. (1966, September 27). TV notes. The Oil City Derrick (Oil City, PA), p. 12.
__. (1966, November 8). “Werner Klemperer’s father…” Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA).
__. (1966, December 3). Bob Crane wanted to be drummer. Biddeford-Saco Journal (Biddeford, ME), p. 11.
__. (1967). Bob Crane: ‘How to be a hero in your own family!’ Photoplay, 71(1), 38-41.
__. (1967, February 4). Tele-talk. The Times (San Mateo, CA), p. 62.
__. (1967, February 20). Bob Crane signed for first star role. The Daily Herald, p. 5.
__. (1967, April 1). When television stars have time, they make movies. Alton Evening Telegraph, p. B-2.
__. (1967, June 23). Model claims mod fashions make dolls resemble blimps. The Kansas City Star, p. 10.
__. (1967, August 5). Hunting for the brass ring: For Sigrid Valdis, it’s a husband who’ll buy her a carousel. TV Guide, p. 74.
__. (1967, August 19). POW cast moves into 3rd season. The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI), p. 19.
__. (1967, September 2). Hero’s drumming dream finally becomes reality. Simpson’s Leader-Times (Kittanning, PA), p. 19.
__. (1967, September 16). The sergeant’ hard climb from the ranks. How Ivan Dixon made it from Harlem to ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’ TV Guide, pp. 25-26.
__. (1967, October 27). “Bob Crane, star of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’…” The Daily Reporter (Dover, OH), p. 24.
__. (1967, November 26). Dad ‘swiped’ first drum for Hogan. Express and News (San Antonio, TX), p. 98.
__. (1968, February 1). Director suggests canned crying for sad TV shows. The Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 44-B.
__. (1968, February 13). “That Bob Crane is a very nice man…” The Daily Reporter (Dover, OH), p. 7.
__. (1968, February 14). Announce locations for pledges. Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, p. 17.
__. (1968, February 17). Local residents to appear on telethon. Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, WI), p. 15.
__. (1968, March 13). Reviews of current movies. The Sun, p. B-7.
__. (1968, March 29). “Bob Crane, star of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’...” The Luddington Daily News (Luddington, MI), p. 12.
__. (1968, April 4). Key to urban health topic at luncheon. Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 43-B.
__. (1968, May 12). “’Operation Entertainment,’ the ABC variety series…” Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, CT).
__. (1968, July 26). World War II based ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ returns to CBS for fourth season. The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), p. 44.
__. (1968, October 27). “For Bob Crane of Hogan’s Heroes: Do you think…” Family Weekly, Daily Review (Hayward, CA).
__. (1969, January 9). Bob Crane to star at ‘Mesa’s Heroes.’ The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), p. F-9.
__. (1969, January 18). Bob Crane to appear in Drury Lane production. The Jacksonville Daily Journal (Jacksonville, IL), p. 13.
__. (1969, January 19). Lame brain of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ reveals considerable talent as writer in TV. The Ogden Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT), p. 80.
__. (1969, January 26). Hogan role not frustrating. San Antonio Express, p. 130.
__. (1969, March 20). New rash of medicine shows set for television. Kingsport Times, p. 4-D.
__. (1969, March 21). Bob Crane not billed right for TV special. The Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, CT), p. 27.
__. (1969, June 3). Mrs. Bob Crane sues actor for a divorce. The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, CT), p. 8.
__. (1969, June 5). TV’s Col. Hogan coming to Albq. Albuquerque Tribune, p. B-3.
__. (1969, June 10). Bob Crane, Abby Dalton head ‘Cactus Flower’ cast in Warren. Chronicle Telegram (Elyria, OH), p. 11.
__. (1969, June 10). Crane at Kenley. New Castle News (New Castle, PA), p. 6.
__. (1969, June 20). TV series star in Kenley play. The Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH), p. 8.
__. (1969, August 24). Gaelic gambling instinct exploited. Express News (San Antonio, TX), p. 20.
__. (1970, February 4). Bob Crane hopes Chicago likes ‘Beginner’s Luck.’ The Hollywood Reporter.
__. (1970, February 5). Bob Crane to join CP Telethon. The Troy Record, p. 34.
__. (1970, February 13). Glittering stars to appear on telethon. Atlanta Enterprise.
__. (1970, March 22). ‘Beginner’s Luck’ show premiere. News Journal (Chicago, IL), p. 6.
__. (1970, March 28). Crane in comedy. The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL), p. 20.
__. (1970, April 4). ‘Beginner’s Luck.’ Florence Morning News (Florence, SC), p. 18.
__. (1970, August 14). Bob Crane in pre-Broadway play ‘Beginner’s Luck’ at Playhouse. The Ludington Daily News, p. 25.
__. (1970, August 19). 20 years ago. The Bridgeport Post (Bridgeport, CT), p. 34.
__. (1970, August 19). Bob Crane sparks hilarious funfest at The Playhouse. Traverse City Record-Eagle (Traverse City, MI), p. 18.
__. (1970, August 23). New man stands guard. The San Bernardino County Sun, p. D-10.
__. (1970, September 18). Real POWs provide plots for Hogan’s Heroes series. The Anniston Star (Anniston, AL), p. 7.
__. (1970, September 19). ‘Col. Hogan’ gets story ideas from real POWs. The La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, WI), p. 15.
__. (1970, September 26). ‘Hogan’ gets new hero. Pittsburgh Courier, p. 13.
__. (1970, October 18). Bob Crane marries in ceremony on set. The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, IN), p. 23.
__. (1970, November 2). Broadcasting at 50: Can it adapt? Broadcasting, p. 70.
__. (1970, November 8). “Writer Laurence Marks based tonight’s Hogan’s Heroes on…” The Anniston Star (Anniston, AL), p. 28.
__. (1971, January 5). “Bit parts: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, and Richard Dawson…” Daily Review (Haywood, CA), p. 31.
__. (1971, March 5). Archie. Independent (Long Beach, CA), p. 2.
__. (1971, March 14). Bob Crane will star at Little Theatre-on-Square. The Terre Haute Tribune-Star (Terre-Haute, IN), p. 8.
__. (1971, April 5). Hogan gang is planning nightclub act. The Coshocton Tribune, p. 3.
__. (1971, May 4). “Bob Crane of TV’s Hogan’s Heroes…” The Daily Reporter (Dover, OH), p. 8.
__. (1971, June 29). Star of ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ to appear at Playhouse. Traverse City Record-Eagle (Traverse City, MI), p. 3.
__. (1971, August 27). ‘Send Me No Flowers’ stars ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ Bob Crane. The Ludington Daily News (Ludington, MI), p. 22.
__. (1971, October 2). Show in the making. The Daily Times News (Burlington, NC), p. 11.
__. (1971, December 5). Seven stars signed for San Diego stage. The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, CA), p. 53.
__. (1972, February 25). Beginner’s Luck opens March 7. The Vista Press (Vista, CA), p. 8.
__. (1972, March 30). Bob Crane ducked TV personality bit. The Lowell Sun (Lowell, MA), p. 44.
__. (1972, April 12). Bob Crane is casting El Pasoans in comedy. El Paso Herald-Post (El Paso, TX), p. 5.
__. (1972, April 29). “Bob Crane in town…” El Paso Herald-Post (El Paso, TX), p. 35.
__. (1972, May 5). Autograph party planned at Bassett. El Paso Herald-Post (El Paso, TX), p. 28.
__. (1972, May 5). Lions’ governor-elect seeks to strengthen clubs’ goals. El Paso Herald-Post (El Paso, TX), p. 3.
__. (1972, May 6). ‘Beginner’s Luck’ now at Marquee: Riotous comedy stars TV’s Bob Crane. El Paso Herald Post (El Paso, TX), p. 35.
__. (1972, May 13). “One of El Paso’s friendliest groups…” El Paso Herald-Post (El Paso, TX), p. 6.
__. (1972, May 26). El Paso memories cherished by military Mother of the Year. El Paso Herald-Post (El Paso, TX), p. 9.
__. (1972, July 22). “Bob Crane of television’s ‘Hogan’s Heroes’…” Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, IL), p. 18.
__. (1972, August 9). “Bob Crane, starring in ‘Who’s That Lady I Saw You with?’…” The Hoffman Estates Herald, p. 3.
__. (1972, October 8). Bob Crane to star on stage in San Diego. The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, CA), p. 53.
__. (1972, October 27). “’Send Me No Flowers’ comedy stars Bob Crane…” Valley News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 48.
__. (1972, November 16). Bob Crane in holiday special. The San Bernardino County Sun, p. 65.
__. (1972, November 26). Bob Crane makes return to radio in new specials. Lubbock-Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock, TX), p. 131.
__. (1972, November 27). Replacement. Playground Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, FL), p. 4B.
__. (1972, November 28). ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ comedy star Bob Crane still waiting on money. Playground Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, FL), p. 8.
__. (1973, January 28). Arthritis telethon. Progress Bulletin, p. 13.
__. (1973, February 2). ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ actor dead at 63 of hemorrhage. Nevada Evening Gazette, p. 2.
__. (1973, February 2). Sgt. Schultz of TV Hogan’s Heroes, dies. Progress Bulletin, p. A-2.
__. (1973, April 12). Bob Crane returns to KMPC… The Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 96.
__. (1973, May 1). Crane set as star. Grand Prairie Daily News, p. 7.
__. (1973, June 28). Crane guffaw producer in Beginner’s Luck.’ Arizona Republic, p. 131.
__. (1973, July 26). “It looks like another sellout…” Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), p. 139.
__. (1973, September 6). Hogan invades TWC. Rambler, 48(1), 1.
__. (1973, September 13). Crane explains problems of undressing on stage without special shorts. Rambler, 48(2). 3.
__. (1974, January 18). Bob Crane looks like a Disney dad. Pittsburgh Post Gazette, p. 11.
__. (1974, January 26). Prime Time rule to be relaxed in September. The Los Angeles Times, p. A2.
__. (1974, May 17). Stars set to entertain. Valley News (Van Nuys, CA), p. 30.
__. (1974, June 30). Actor Frank Sutton dies. Abilene Reporter, p. 68.
__. (1974, June 30). Heart attack kills actor Frank Sutton. The Vernon Daily Record, p. 2.
__. (1974, July 10). “Bob Crane—Hogan in the long-running, ever popular ‘Hogan’s Heroes’…” Hope Star (Hope, AR), p. 11.
__. (1974, July 12). Six new series are cancelled by networks. The Gallup NM Independent, p. 11.
__. (1974, October 3). “’Hogan’s Heroes’ star Bob Crane…” News-Journal (Mansfield, OH), p. 47.
__. (1974, December 29). TV time-line. The Post Crescent Sun, p. 16.
__. (1975, March 2). Bob Crane back on TV with Thursday night series. Toledo Blade, p. 79.
__. (1975, March 2). Cover close up: One more time. Star News (Pasadena, CA), p. 16.
__. (1975, March 3). Bob Crane returns with weekly TV series. Victoria Advocate.
__. (1975, May 23). Crane show may be heading for success. The Sedalia Democrat (TV & Entertainment), p. 1.
__. (1975, July 25). “Bob Crane and wife…” The Daily Herald (Chicago, IL), p. 17.
__. (1975, July 31). “Opening next Wednesday at Drury Lane East…” Suburbanite Economist (Chicago, IL), p. 79.
__. (1976, January 29). Bob Crane hosts Cerebral Palsy Telethon Saturday on Channel 30. The Hartford Courant, p. 305.
__. (1976, February 8). “Bob Crane, who left WICC…” The Bridgeport Post, p. B-1.
__. (1976, March 20). Wayne Rogers to host Easter Seal Telethon. The Independent Press Telegram, p. B-8.
__. (1976, May 5). Gilberton area. Evening Herald of Shenandoah-Ashland-Mahanoy City, p. 15.
__. (1976, May 24). “Bob Crane, or as he is usually known: Hogan…” The Newark Advocate (Newark, OH), p. 14.
__. (1976, June 4). Bob Crane plays The Playhouse. The Circleville Herald (Circleville, OH), p. 3.
__. (1976, September 20). 30,000 watch Mum Parade. The Hartford Courant, p. 16.
__. (1976, September 20). ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ star recalls job in Bristol. The Hartford Courant. p. 17A.
__. (1976, December 5). Bob Crane was inspired by Gig Young to act. The Ledger, p. 43.
__. (1977, June 23). Hogan’s Hero stars at Country Dinner Playhouse. The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise (Seguin, TX), p. 37.
__. (1977, June 24). Bob Crane to appear at Country Dinner [Playhouse] [sic]. The Taylor Daily Press, p. 3.
__. (1977, August 11). “Actor Bob Crane, appearing…” The Hearne Democrat (Hearne, TX), p. 3.
__. (1977, November 10). Bob [Crane] [sic] to star at Beef ‘n’ Boards. The Journal News, p. 49.
__. (1977, November 11). “TV star to aid Medina fund drive.”
__. (1978, April 25). ‘Hogan’ in ‘Luck’ at Windmill show. Plano Daily Star-Courier (Plano, TX), p. 2.
__. (1978, May 26). “Windmill Dinner Theatre Bob Crane in ‘Beginner’s Luck’…” Irving Daily News, p. 2.
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