Dr. Peter G. Cranford

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Peter Gordon Cranford (Bracuto)

Birthplace: New York, Kings, New York, United States
Death: October 28, 2000 (91)
Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Cesare Bracuto and Maria Theresa Bracuto
Ex-husband of Ora Lee Cranford and Janet Boyd (Nicholls)
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About Dr. Peter G. Cranford

Born Peter Bracuto he took the middle and last name of his 1st wife's father (John Gordon Cranford)

Dr. Peter Gordon Cranford was a Clinical Psychologist with 35 years of full-time private practice.

In 1939, Dr. Cranford created a format for a game show and presented it to a New York advertising agency. The company sold the idea to CBS radio, which named the show Take It or Leave It. It was from that show that the phrase That's the $64 question, became popular.

On June 7, 1955, a television show based on the radio program went on the air with the title The $64,000 Question, with Cranford receiving a share of the royalties.

Dr. Cranford was the author of several books including:

But for the grace of God: Milledgeville : [the inside story of the world's largest insane asylum]

Disciplining Your Child the Practical Way

How to Be Your Own Psychologist: The Art of Irresistible Influence - - Compossibility!

THE WINNING TOUCH IN GOLF A Psychological Approach

Breakthrough Secrets Of Psychological Golf: A Practical Approach To Golfing Success

Whatever Happened to Peter Downstairs? (autobiography)

["An original and charming autobiography of an extraordinary life, written in professional narrative style. A suspenseful and kaleidoscopic autobiography, filled with the ups and downs of a life spanning most of the 20th century, with surprises at every turn. Filled with memorable anecdotes. The one about Eisenhower in Augusta should make history! Reads like a novel. A book you would not hesitate to give or recommend to others!"]


Dr. Peter G. Cranford, Psychologist, Author and Creator of Game Show

Dr. Peter Gordon Cranford of Augusta,Ga., died on Saturday, October 28, 2000 at Beverly Manor in Augusta.

Born in Brooklyn, he spent his early years in Westfield, New Jersey before moving to Georgia.

After several years as a clinical psychologist in Austin, Tex., Dr. Cranford became Chief Clinical Psychologist at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Ga., during which time he wrote about the 100-year history of the hospital.

He moved to Augusta in 1951, where he was in private practice as a psychologist for 35 years before retiring in 1986.

Dr. Cranford authored five books dealing with psychology in various fields. He was also the creator of a game show which culminated in “The 64,000 Question” show. In addition, he wrote a syndicated column for the Atlanta Journal and had a local radio program.

He founded and served as the first Chairman of both Psychologists in Private Practice, a division of the American Psychological Association, and also the Bertrand Russell Society in the United States.

He was a Captain in the Commissioned corps, United States Public Health Service, Malaria Control in War Areas, from 1943 to 1949.

A graduate of Savannah High School in Savannah, Ga., he attended Emory University at Valdosta and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida at Gainesville. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin.

Dr. Cranford was the recipient of the Italico Life Achievement Award and was an honoree of the Game Show Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the Georgia Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association, the Augusta Country Club and the American Academy of Marital Counselors.

Surviving are a daughter, Josephine German of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; five sons, Stephen Cranford and Peter Cranford, Jr., both of Augusta; David Cranford of Lithonia, Ga., Gordon Cranford of Santa Barbara, Calif., and George Cranford of Tucker, Ga.; five sisters, Anna Bracuto of Plainfield, Catherine Khouri of Woodcliff Lake, Olympia Bracuto of Rahway, Theresa Bracuto of Westfield and Margharita DeGregorio of Tinton Falls; two brothers, Dan Bracuto of Bricktown and Michael Bracuto of Pico Rivera, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were held under the direction of the Platts Funeral Home in Augusta.

Local arrangements were handled by the Gray Funeral Home, 318 East Broad Street in Westfield.

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Dr. Peter G. Cranford's Timeline

November 9, 1908
New York, Kings, New York, United States
October 28, 2000
Age 91
Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States