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
Believe and Pretty
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
Same as above: KYA. Whenever I strayed, I always came back
Between the ages of 6 and 16 your average daily exposure
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?
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,
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
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 rigueur...it was a rush.
We've tried for years to get rid of Lazz's heavily
penile-padded Tom Jones skit, but the audience just won't
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
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