Beyond The Little Blue Box

The official narrative biography of John Draper (aka Captain Crunch). legendary 'Phone Phreak', digital explorer, software developer and privacy advocate.

The narrative

The narrative of this book recounts my years of knowing John Draper interspersed with collected memories from friends and relatives and stories and personal history, as told by John himself. It spans his 74 years on the planet, and my 22 years of knowing him. I have been John's roommate several times, business partner, and close friend over the years. I have always considered him a very interesting case for character study, and an unfathomable wealth of complexities and paradoxes. I hope to have portrayed 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 Fraser

Working on the book in Spain, June 2015


John (Middle) and brother Ron (bottom) with friends and neighbors, 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


Barbara Spooner, Ron Draper, Mike Davido, John T Arthur, Dennis (Denny) Teresi, Joe Engressia, Ron Rosenbaum, Steve Wozniak, Lee Felsenstein, Steve Jobs, Bob Albrect, George Firedrake, Roy Kaylor, Gordon French, Fred Moore, Marty Spergel, Mike Markula, Mike Scott, Randy Wigginton, Dan Kottke, Rod Holt, Alan Lundell, Andy Wright, Matthew McIntosh, Eric Gullickson, John Gilmore, Brian Behlendorf, Phil Zimmerman, Nestor Figueroa, Murshid Van Merlin, Bob Munden, Joe Parvey, Samvit Tara, Jeh Wadia, Kevin Mitnick, John James, Doug Goodall, Alex Kamradt, Bill Ragsdale, Ron Barkin, Michael Shrayer, Dave Gordon, Andy Herzfeld, EagleBeek, Rains Cohen, Reese Jones, Bill Atkinson, Don Colburn, Dan Sabsay, John Walker, Bill Squire, Joel Schatz, Rop Gonggrijp, Caroline Nevejan, Wau Holland, Arkady Volozh, Esther Dyson, Glenn Tenney, Guido Korber, Andreas Kallweit, September Films, Mike Shinkle, Evrim Sen, Denis Moschitto, John Johnson


So… Why are we running a crowdfunding campaign?

Well, although we’ve had offers from a few publishers… we’ve decided its in our best interest to self publish a limited edition first run.

We need to raise enough capital to pay the publisher, a few legal expenses, and to order the first batch of books… one of which could be sent out, to YOU…

Campaign coming soon


We wanted to keep this as simple as possible… If you pledge the second tier of $20… you’re basically pre-ordering a first-edition signed paperback copy of the book. For the minimum contribution of $10 theres an Ebook (the 2600 level), and for top level donations there are some very special perks and goodies. These are the main three pledge levels.

  • $20
  • Soft Cover Book
  • Signed by John Draper
    and C Wilson Fraser

  • Coming Soon
  • $35
  • Hard Cover Book
  • Signed by John Draper
    and C Wilson Fraser

  • Coming Soon

  • $99
  • Blue Box set
  • Soft Cover, Hard Cover, TShirt, Whistle, Poster
  • Signed by John Draper
    and C Wilson Fraser
  • Coming Soon

The film

Tech Crunch

Talk is underway of a film chronicling Johns life.
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