Important Information

This section contains important information about Bob Crane that you may not have previously known, and it is the backbone of our campaign. Based on the first-hand accounts of more than 150 people who knew Bob better than most, this information helps quell the myths and urban legends that exist and is the reason we are here.

Many who knew Bob well have little regard for the 2002 movie Auto Focus, and their memories of Bob are much different. Bob’s close friend and former Variety Magazine Editor, Harvey Geller, summed it up well in a "Letter to the Editor" to the LA Times, claiming that much of the movie was unfounded - nothing more than a "one-dimensional cheap shot of Bob Crane."

On September 17, 2015, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography was published. This unprecedented work details Bob's entire life and career, and it aims to end the myths about him following his murder. More than 600 pages in length, it contains the first-hand accounts of more than 200 prominent individuals who were close to Bob and who knew him better than most. Published by AuthorMike, Ink, the book is available worldwide through all major book retailers.

There is much more to Bob Crane than what the public has been told since his death. Perhaps the most important (and little-known fact) is that he recognized his personal troubles and had made a serious commitment to seek help just prior to his murder. He had been a devoted and loving father, a loyal and caring friend, and a talented entertainer driven toward success. He was simply a human being, with hopes and dreams, strengths and weaknesses, a bright and sunny disposition, and family and friends who loved him and still miss him very much.

Bob Crane
Bob Crane practices his drums in the Hogan's Heroes dressing room. From the personal collection
of Carol Ford.

'Los Angeles Times' Article
Refocusing on Crane

WLEA 1480 AM (Hornell, NY)
Carol Ford and Linda Groundwater Discuss Bob Crane and His New Biography

The Stamford Advocate (Stamford, CT)
Women's Love for 'Hogan's Heroes' Yields Book Seeking to Clear Star's Name

Gloucester County Online (Gloucester County, NJ)
Hogan's Hero (written by Carol Ford)
Bob Crane Biography: Television Actor (1928-1978)

The Evening Tribune (Hornell, NY)
Radio Legend Bob Crane Found His Groove in Hornell

WKAL 1450 AM (Rome, NY)
Carol Ford Discusses Bob Crane and His New Biography

Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT)
Bob Crane, Former WICC Host, Up for National Radio Hall of Fame

Stamford Patch (Stamford, CT)
Stamford's Unsung Hero

Connecticut Broadcasting History
Tribute Page to Bob Crane

Stella Stories
Stella and the Crane Family

PR Newswire
New Biography about 'Hogan's Heroes' Star Bob Crane to Give True Perspective on Actor's Life

Late Radio Personailty, 'Hogan's Heroes' Star Bob Crane Nominated for Induction into National Radio Hall of Fame

Orange County Register
Campaign Started to Honor Bob Crane
Vocalist's Son Shares Memory of Bob Crane, KNX

'Vote For Bob Crane' Posts
Refocusing on Crane: A Friend Shares His Opinion of 'Auto Focus'
Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and Do Unto Others...
Specks on the Parthenon: Remembering Bob Crane, Amy Winehouse, and All Those We Have Lost Who Suffered from Addiction
Bob Crane: Radio Legend
Stamford High School Class of 1946: The Spirit of '46
Lending a Helping Hand
Bob Crane and United Cerebral Palsy
Bob Crane: Radio, His Drums, and 'Hogan's Heroes'
Laffter Sweet and Profane
Bob Crane: Interviewer Extraordinaire