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The Sprinter

May 17, Howard’s birthday, is always a special one for me and Bill and all of us who loved Howard. I wrote this post a few weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting for today – it’s a toast ...

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Posted on: May 16th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 9 Comments

John Musker Question Countdown #1

During Mermaid, what would Howard do that would inadvertently make you laugh, and what would he do that would make you pull your hair out? In this post, ...

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Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 13 Comments

And Now, Without Further Delay – John Musker Question Number 8

John Musker back behind the eight ball with question number 8: How much input did you have on Mermaid’s songs? Were they perfect to begin with, or did you have to advise Howard to change the lyrics? When Ron Clements and I ...

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Posted on: March 4th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 6 Comments

Going To The Movies

“You have to see Diner,” Howard said. An inordinate number of Howard’s sentences began that way. “You have to see, try, eat, hear.” And when Howard said ...

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Posted on: January 28th, 2011 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

Christmas Goose

His Jewish heritage aside (as if that were possible) Howard was a man who loved Christmas.  He loved the shopping, the decorating, and the gift-wrapping but mostly he loved the food. Howard could obsess over the most mundane of foods.  An ...

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Posted on: January 6th, 2011 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 3 Comments

I’m Howard Ashman’s sister, Sarah.

This simple declaration has done wonders for my social life.  I’ve hobnobbed with the highest of hobs, I’ve waltzed down red carpets while onlookers scratch their heads trying to figure out who the hell I am, I’ve gotten phone calls ...

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Posted on: December 21st, 2010 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 11 Comments