People who hear the name always ask: "So where did the name Cru come from?”
I first heard the name Cru when I was eight years old, in the 1986 cult classic movie Rad. The movie starred a very young actor by the name Bill Allen who played a small town paper boy/BMX rider named Cru Jones. That's all people know this guy (Bill Allen) from as an actor. No offence Bill, but I'm right. lol. I mean I know everything you've ever done, like playing in a band called the Pipe Fitters with Lou Diamond Philips and being best friends with the late Brandon Lee. But for the average person, not so much. When I tell people about the movie, I always say "you know Rebecca from Full House, she's in it." oh and "the guy who directed Smokey and Bandit. That guy directed it." So a real quick synopsis of the movie: Rad takes place in a small town called Cochrane. Cru is a paperboy and has a 1986 Mongoose BMX bicycle by his side at all times. When a BMX event (Helltrack) comes to town, Cru has to decide between taking his S.A.Ts or trying to qualify for the race.
I remember the first time I saw the movie. We had gone away on a camping trip with the family Bonair pop-up trailer. Leaving for a camping trip and being away for a weekend was kinda a big deal growing up in the 80s. We had a dilemma. we were going to miss Saturday morning cartoons. 80s cartoons were the best. You know it. Not knowing at the time but Dad had set the VCR to record them for us. After the trip, of course, the first thing we did was watch the cartoons that we missed. At the end of the 4 hrs of cartoons, the VHS tape kept recording. Result; The 12 o'clock movie: Rad. We must have watched this film a hundred times, falling in love with the story and of course all the characters.
Over the years I've met a handful of people who had also fallen in love with the movie Rad. Mike Gareau, I met in 2000 playing basketball at a local Peterborough park. After bball, we sat and got to know each other. The movie Rad came up. Of course, the movie happened to be his favourite movie. Wow. He was a young father at the time and told me how he and his daughter Jayslyn watch Rad every fathers day together. I thought that was so "RAD". A few years back Spanky as everyone in Peterborough knows him by, surprised me with a autographed copy of Bill Allen's book "My Rad Career." Super Cool.
I always thought that if I ever had a boy that his name was gonna be Cru. Only one problem; Eva. She has heard all the stories. how I love the movie, how I want to call a boy Cru if we were to have kids. "Absolutely not". That's what she said. The name means "Raw" Well, that didn't stop me, I kept pushing and pushing. No surprises here. 20 weeks we found out we were having a boy. By this time Eva had a handful of names, and she's fallen in love with several of them. I had given up on the name Cru. Right after we found out we were having a boy; I left for a short work trip with a long time friend; Mike Hale. I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. I told him our exciting news. His response: "You're naming him Cru right?" I said, "Eva doesn't really dig the name". He pushes; "Dude, you've been talking about this name for like 15 years. You're naming him Cru." and he was serious.
It took a little more convincing, but Eva finally warmed up on the name. January 5, 2016, we made it official when we named our son Cru Kaius Greene. Now the two of us could not even imagine calling him anything else.
And to think, if dad hadn't recorded those cartoons so many years ago, I might have never seen the movie at all. Our son's name could have come from my second favourite movie: The Goonies. We could have ended up naming our son: Chunk.