the narrative

The narrative of this book recounts moments in time through my years of knowing John Draper interspersed with collected memories from friends and relatives and the stories and personal history of John, as told by himself. It spans John’s 72 years on the planet, and my 21 years of knowing him.
I have been Johns roommate several times, business partner, and close friend over the years. I have considered him a very interesting case for character study, and an unfathomable wealth of complexities and paradoxes.
I have hoped to portray him in an honest but affectionate light. It is a 'warts and all' portrayal balanced by the incredible story that is his life.

Craig Wilson

Working on the book in Spain, June 2015


Sister, Barbara and brother, Ron (bottom), 1956
The first bust, 1971
Circa 1974
Circa 1982
Us festival, circa 1985
Australia 1995
California 1996
India 1998
Riding an elephant, India 1998
Riding a camel, Egypt 1999
Homebrew Computer Club reunion, 2000
Documentary with Woz, 2001
Documentary with Woz and Kevin Mitnick, 2001
With Woz, 2004
Digibarn, 2005
Defcon 13, 2005

The Film

Talk is underway of a film chronicling Johns life. Check back later...

The Film - in discussion
The Film - in discussion

Video Archive


We would like to acknowledge the following people:

Barbara Spooner
Ron Draper
Mike Davido
Denny Teresi
Steve Wozniak
Steve Jobs
Bob Albrect
George Firedrake
Roy Kaylor
Gordon French
Mike Markula
Mike Scott
Randy Wigginton
Dan Kottke
Rod Holt
Alan Lundell
Andy Wright
Matthew McIntosh


We are currently working on our Kickstarter campaign. Please check back later...

John Draper aka Captain Crunch

John Thomas Draper (born 1943), also known as Captain CrunchCrunch or Crunchman (after Cap'n Crunch breakfast cereal mascot), is an American computer programmer and former phone phreak. He is a legendary figure within the computer programming world and the hacker and security community. Draper has long maintained a nomadic lifestyle; as of May 2013, he resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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