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Craig unfortunately passed away in 2007. But his sense of humor and sensibilities will always be part of the band. For those who want to see a glimpses of Craig's singing talents, click here to see his renditions of Make Believe and Pretty Woman.


San Francisco, Outer in Santa Rosa

When did you begin seriously listening to Top 40 radio?
Probably around age 7 (1957). I have an older sister, Kathy, who turned me on to it.

What station and where?
KYA first and foremost. I was one of "Emperor" Gene Nelson's Royal Commandos. When KEWB in Oakland came around I listened occassionally, but I always returned to KYA. The late Russ "The Moose" Syracuse, Tommy Saunders, Ed Hider, "Tall" Tom Campbell, and even the well-travelled Johnny Holliday are etched in my memory. Tom Donahue, if I remember correctly, started his San Francisco radio career at KYA. I won so many record contests on Tommy Saunders show that I had to disguise my voice and give names and addresses of my friends. You're welcome Andy Regalia, Pete Zegura, and Steve Cassidy.

For better or worse, earliest songs etched in your memory?
Happy Trails to You, El Paso, Teen Angel, some Lennon Sisters stuff, Honeycomb, April Love, BeBop Baby, My Heart is an Open Book, Snake in the Garden, Purple People Eater, I Believe, and the entire West Side Story soundtrack.

If stranded in the jungle, ten songs you would take:
How about "Stranded in the Jungle" by the Cadets. (I'd "hop on a whale that was going my way" to help me escape). I could get by with about any ten Roy Orbison songs. What a voice...what a loss.

First few records owned and why:
Gravy Waltz by Steve Allen, and I still don't know why. Pre-Beatles, I was in folk music mode as far as my records were concerned - a lot of Brothers Four and some Kingston Trio. I heard a guy named Bob Dylan sing "House of the Rising Sun" on some old folk collection. Didn't think I'd ever hear of him again after that performance.

One Song, a Hit the first time you heard it and why:
Probably "Hello Mary Lou". Ricky Nelson sang it with a band after an "Ozzie and Harriet" show. It was the first Rock and Roll song I ever "saw".

First trace of show business in your blood:
I'm told that I stunned a crowd during a family vacation at a place called Forest Lake with my rendition of "I'm a Little Teapot". I must have been around 4.

First performance in front of a captive audience:
Pantomiming to "The Hat I Got for Christmas is Too Beeg" by Mel Blanc, in front of the Christmas Show for Cub Scout Pack 164 at Ulloa Elementary, where I also attended. (Thanks to Marion Cassidy, Den Mother, Den 7). You never hear that song on the radio, probably due to political incorrectness. We could probably have done it, after all, our original lineup had two Lopez's and one Gonzales.

Between the ages of 6 and 16 what was your favorite radio station:
Same as above: KYA. Whenever I strayed, I always came back to KYA.

Between the ages of 6 and 16 your average daily exposure to music?
My father was SFPD. For some reason, I was blessed with the latest in transistor radios my entire early upbringing. ("This must have fallen off of a truck"). I listened to a lot of radio, probably more than I watched TV. Bob Sarlatte and I seem to have shared this fixation. I rigged a radio to play in the shower, convinced my parents that I should be able to do homework with it on, and fell asleep with it on. Dad would come in to turn it off later in the evening.

Ulterior uses of music (this one's for Julio but if you can answer it too):
I'll let Julio handle this one...he's been married the longest of any of us.

Name of first band?
Pastor's Study

Musical repertoire of first band?
I was the president of my Presbyterian youth church group. Although I went to a Catholic High School, (which probably didn't go over real well with the the Elders), several of us convinced those with the coffers to help finance a youth rock group, probably one of the earliest attempts to found a Christian rock band now that I think of it. Our intention was to ultimately perform at a church service, but our obvious lack of talent prevented even the no-clue Presbyterian clergy from letting us do so. We tried to do the songs of the day (around 65/66). All I remember is that I was the lead singer because I didn't play an instrument (still don't), and we tried to end our sets with "Amen" by The Impressions. That was somewhat appropriate since the church paid for most of our equipment.

Earliest musical influences and why:
Elvis...why not? I still think he's alive in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Punch line of earliest joke you can recall:
Help me find my keys and we'll drive out!

Who or what influenced your sense of humor?
First, my father. I loved the subtlety of Bob Newhart, and the outrageousness of Monty Python, the silences of Jack Benny, and the rantings of George Carlin. With music and comedy, Tom Leher and the Smothers Brothers would kill me.

How did you first hear the name BWGP?
Since I'm one of the originals, I was there in Jerry's dorm room at St. Mary's College when the name was first uttered. There was an eerie silence because we all knew that was IT. Kind of a group epiphany. Then we just had to figure out how to spell it. When and why did you join BWGP? I'd like to think that it was because of immense obvious talent, but I really think it was because I had a loud voice and I was willing to be an ass in front of people.

Earliest recollection of performing with BWGP?
I believe it was even before we had the name, at a Hootenany (now there's a word you don't hear anymore) at St. Mary's, and then a little acoustic appearance at Holy Names College. (Jerry and I had girlfriends there).

Most desperate BWGP moment:
When I was fired, but the less said about that the better. I'm back now, much to my delight.

Most embarrassing moment performing with BWGP:
My original costume was a bright pink satin-like pantsuit. Onstage it ripped open in the crotch. Don't really recall if the "boys" made it onstage or not.

Fondest recollection of BWGP:
The first billing we had, that I remember, was from an organization on the St. Mary's campus called CIAO, or the Collegiate Italian American Order, which was formed to offset the Irish club on campus. Original Glass Pack Bill Lazzaretti, friends Jim Pantera, George Sollini, and Rich Curtola, among others, formed the "organization" to ostensibly put on this show, as it was the only function they ever put on. Notwithstanding, the show did go on, and the ovation that occurred during our opening number, over 30 years ago, still reverberates in my memory. At the time, I believe the term "rush" was de was a rush.

Finest sketches:
We've tried for years to get rid of Lazz's heavily penile-padded Tom Jones skit, but the audience just won't let us.

Not so finest sketches:
Lazz's heavily penile-padded Tom Jones skit...especially the years when he had to explain to his daughter, my god-daughter, why he was stuffing this ski-sock with his sweat socks, and then going on-stage with it bulging down his right (or is it his left) leg.

Weirdest BWGP moment (on or of stage):
Explaining to my son Kyle why Lazz's leg looks so weird during the Tom Jones sketch.

How do you explain your role in BWGP the 19th Annual Farwell Performance to new friends or colleagues who have never heard of BWGP and didn't know you have a secret closet life?
Youthful indescretion...but then I kept on doing it, and it became a habit, then, dare I say, an addiction. I can't stop. I must admit that I started being a Glass Pack at a very young age, and although I tried to quit once, and another time I was forced to quit, I cannot stop being a Glass Pack. I'm afraid I'll be a Glass Pack until I die...God willing.


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