Cover image for Crane : sex, celebrity, and my father's unsolved murder
Title:
Crane : sex, celebrity, and my father's unsolved murder
Publication Information:
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

Univ Pr of Kentucky 2015
ISBN:
9780813160740
Physical Description:
350 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Author's note -- Reveille, 1978 -- Oh, pioneers, 1955-1956 -- No good-byes, 1978 -- One happy little family, 1956-1964 -- CSI : crime scene ineptitude, 1978 -- Uncle Daddy, 1964-1965 -- Round up the usual suspects, 1978 -- Zero to ninety, 1965-1966 -- Seeing orange, 1978 -- Living la vita Hogan, 1967 -- Happy Father's Day, 1978 -- Divorce, Tarzana style, 1968-1969 -- Loose nukes, 1978 -- Love in a time of war, 1969-1970 -- Don't make waves, 1970-1971 -- War is over, 1971-1972 -- Beacon in the storm, 1972-- Heeeere's Jackie!!! 1972-1975 -- The family photo album, 1975 -- Take the bunny and run, 1976-1977 -- Scottsdale redux, 1978 -- Heeeere's Bobby!!! 1979 -- There ain't no stinkin' closure! 1979-1980 -- For members only, 1981-1982 -- Kari, 1982-1985 -- Bobby Ten Hats, 1986 -- Crane in the hutch, 1986 -- Going to war, 1986-1988 -- Full-fledged Chongo, 1989 -- Scottsdale redux, 1990 -- Bob's candy shoppe, 1990 -- John, John, Jack, and Johnny, 1990-1991 -- Murder cases never close, 1991 -- Planes, cars, and roller coasters, 1991 -- Just a speck, 1992 -- Go and stop, 1992 -- The beat goes on, 1992-1993 -- Hostage no more, 1993 -- Adios, amigo, 1993-1994 -- Judgment at Scottsdale, 1994 -- Ninety to zero, 1994-1995 -- Yet another cold call, 1996 -- Same shit,different century, 2000-2001 -- Out of focus, 2001-2002 -- Nature morte, 2003-2007 -- Taps, 2009 -- Appendix A: Bob Crane interviewed by John Carpenter for an x-rated "Swingers" magazine, 1969 -- Appendix B: Robert Crane and John Carpenter telephone calltranscript, 1978 -- Appendix C: Robert Crane's letter to Sony Pictures Classics legal department addressing Auto Focus script, 2002 -- Appendix D: Robert Crane's piece for Auto Focus website, 2002 -- Appendix E: HWY 111 : Bob Crane's ten stupid questions, 2003.
Abstract:
"On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, known to Hogan's Heroes fans as Colonel Hogan, was discovered brutally murdered in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment. His eldest son, Robert Crane, was called to the crime scene. In this poignant memoir, Robert Crane discusses that terrible day and how he has lived with the unsolved murder of his father. But this storyline is just one thread in his tale of growing up in Los Angeles, his struggles to reconcile the good and sordid sides of his celebrity father, and his own fascinating life. Crane began his career writing for Oui magazine and spent many years interviewing celebrities for Playboy--stars such as Chevy Chase, Bruce Dern, Joan Rivers, and even Koko the signing gorilla. As a result of a raucous encounter with the cast of Canada's SCTV, he found himself shelving his notepad and tape recorder to enter the employ of John Candy--first as an on-again, off-again publicist; then as a full-time assistant, confidant, screenwriter, and producer; and finally as one of Candy'spallbearers. Through disappointment, loss, and heartbreak, Crane's humor and perseverance shine. Beyond the big stars and behind-the-scenes revelations, this riveting account of death, survival, and renewal in the shadow of the Hollywood sign makes a profound statement about the desire for love and permanence in a life where those things continually slip away. By turns shocking and uplifting, Crane is an unforgettable and deeply human story"--Provided by publisher.
Added Author:
Holds:

Available:*

Library
Material Type
Shelf Number
Copies
Status
Searching...
Book 791.43028 CRANE 1
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, known to Hogan's Heroes fans as Colonel Hogan, was discovered brutally murdered in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment. His eldest son, Robert Crane, was called to the crime scene. In this poignant memoir, Robert Crane discusses that terrible day and how he has lived with the unsolved murder of his father. But this storyline is just one thread in his tale of growing up in Los Angeles, his struggles to reconcile the good and sordid sides of his celebrity father, and his own fascinating life.

Crane began his career writing for Oui magazine and spent many years interviewing celebrities for Playboy -- stars such as Chevy Chase, Bruce Dern, Joan Rivers, and even Koko the signing gorilla. As a result of a raucous encounter with the cast of Canada's SCTV , he found himself shelving his notepad and tape recorder to enter the employ of John Candy -- first as an on-again, off-again publicist; then as a full-time assistant, confidant, screenwriter, and producer; and finally as one of Candy's pallbearers.

Through disappointment, loss, and heartbreak, Crane's humor and perseverance shine. Beyond the big stars and behind-the-scenes revelations, this riveting account of death, survival, and renewal in the shadow of the Hollywood sign makes a profound statement about the desire for love and permanence in a life where those things continually slip away. By turns shocking and uplifting, Crane is an unforgettable and deeply human story.


Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Actor Bob Crane's 1978 murder has been written about before (Robert Graysmith's The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes?) and was the subject of a feature film in 2002 (Auto Focus, starring Willem Dafoe and Greg Kinnear), but here the story takes on a personal note-it's written by Crane's eldest son. Bob Crane was an early morning radio DJ in Los Angeles when he was offered the opportunity to play the affable Colonel Hogan in what was to become the wildly popular TV show Hogan's Heroes (1965-71). But there was another aspect to Crane-sex addiction-and his son pulls no punches in revealing his father's darker side. Robert grew up in the shadow of his famous father. He began writing for Oui magazine interviewing celebrities and became the personal assistant for actor John Candy. He weaves his own story into the murder and subsequent investigation over the years that focused on a friend of Crane's and Crane's soon-to-be ex-wife but remains unsolved. VERDICT Celebrity watchers and true-crime aficionados will enjoy this candid, unflinching look at what it's like to grow up the child of a celebrity.-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xi
1 Reveille, 1978p. 1
2 Oh, Pioneers, 1955-1956p. 5
3 No Good-byes, 1978p. 12
4 One Happy Little Family, 1956-1964p. 15
5 CSI: Crime Scene Ineptiaide, 1978p. 34
6 Uncle Daddy, 1964-1965p. 41
7 Round Up the Usual Suspects, 1978p. 53
8 Zero to Ninety, 1965-1966p. 56
9 Seeing Orange, 1978p. 60
10 Living la Vita Hogan, 1967p. 63
11 Happy Father's Day, 1978p. 70
12 Divorce, Tarzana Style, 1968-1969p. 73
13 Loose Nukes, 1978p. 79
14 Love in a Time of War, 1969-1970p. 85
15 Don't Make Waves, 1970-1971p. 94
16 War Is Over, 1971-1972p. 102
17 Beacon in the Storm, 1972p. 107
18 Heeeere's Jackie!!! 1972-1975p. 109
19 The Family Photo Album, 1975p. 117
20 Take the Bunny and Run, 1976-1977p. 122
21 Scottsdale Redux, 1978p. 127
22 Heeeere's Bobby!!! 1979p. 137
23 There Ain't No Stinkin' Closure! 1979-1980p. 143
24 For Members Only, 1981-1982p. 150
25 Kari, 1982-1985p. 158
26 Bobby Ten Hats, 1986p. 171
27 Crane in the Hutch, 1986p. 179
28 Going to War, 1986-1988p. 189
29 Full-Fledged Chongo, 1989p. 197
30 Groundhog Day, Scottsdale, 1990p. 204
31 Bob's Candy Shoppe, 1990p. 206
32 John, John, Jack, and Johnny, 1990-1991p. 213
33 Murder Cases Never Close, 1991p. 221
34 Planes, Cars, and Roller Coasters, 1991p. 223
35 Just a Speck, 1992p. 232
36 Go and Stop, 1992p. 235
37 The Beat Goes On, 1992-1993p. 239
38 Hostage No More, 1993p. 241
39 Adios, Amigo, 1993-1994p. 252
40 Judgment at Scottsdale, 1994p. 267
41 Ninety to Zero, 1994-1995p. 273
42 Yet Another Cold Call, 1996p. 275
43 Same Shit, Different Century, 2000-2001p. 280
44 Out of Focus, 2001-2002p. 286
45 Nature Morte, 2003-2007p. 303
46 Taps, 2009p. 307
Acknowledgmentsp. 315
Appendix A Bob Crane Interviewed by John Carpenter for an X-Rated "Swingers'" Magazine, 1969p. 317
Appendix B Robert Crane and John Carpenter Telephone Call Transcript, 1978p. 321
Appendix C Robert Crane's Letter to Sony Pictures Classics Legal Department Addressing Auto Focus Script, 2002p. 329
Appendix D Robert Crane's Piece for Auto Focus Website, 2002p. 331
Appendix E HWY 111: Bob Crane's Ten Stupid Questions, 2003p. 333
Indexp. 337