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A New Beauty, A New Beast, A Legacy Forever

I had no idea that there would be a legacy.  When Howard died, and for many years after, it really didn’t occur to me that ...

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Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

Howard’s Birthday

May 17, 1979 was Howard’s 29th birthday.  He had a show at the WPA Theater and it was opening night.  Opening night at the WPA wasn’t really as impressive as, say opening night at the Schubert.  The WPA was on ...

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Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

A Birthday Thank You

  Once again, it’s Howard’s birthday.  He would be 65 years old today. Which means he’d be eligible for all sorts of goodies by now.  His AARP membership would be in good standing, Medicare and Social Security would have kicked in and ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

A March 14 Thing

March 14 will ever be a blue day in our home.  It will ever make me stop and think.  But the truth of the matter is, it is a day like any other.  And I miss Howard, as we all ...

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Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 12 Comments

Downsizing Treasures

You just never know what you'll find in those boxes of memorabilia. I just got this from the wife of an old friend of Howard's (like the kind of old friend you shared a playpen with).  It's something Howard wrote, dated ...

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Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Letting Go

I began writing these these blog posts, in large part, for myself, so that I could somehow keep Howard alive.  More to the point, I wrote so I would not have to let him go.  I now realize that the ...

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Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

GMHC Howard Ashman Award and Cabaret

Monday night's Howard Ashman Award and Cabaret to benefit Gay Mens Health Crisis was, in a word, incredible.  The performances were stunning and the emotions and love in the room - for both Howard and Terrance McNally, this year's award ...

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Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments

Aladdin, The Tonys and More

The Tony nominations have been announced and it really is gratifying to see Aladdin get a nod for best score.  Congratulations of course, go to all of this year’s Tony nominees.  It’s a tough business and anyone making a living ...

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Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 Comments

Good Night, Goodbye

Howard left behind many who loved him, not all of whom you have read about here.   The stories I’ve chosen to tell are the ones I know something about.  All of us who knew and loved Howard experienced him in ...

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Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

Photo Op Circa 1958

As far as I know, there have been photo ops as long as there have been photos. Never a slouch at keeping traditions alive, Howard often contrived photo ops to amuse us through long childhood summers. Case in point, the movie musical ...

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Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment