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He Wasn’t Always A Hero

Sunday was Mother’s Day and I reminded Mom that May 17 is coming up.  Howard would have been 67 years old.
“No,” she said. Well, yes. In Mom’s memory, ...

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Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 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

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

Adolescent Magic

As we both moved into adolescence and Howard found his place at Children’s Theater Association and at other local theaters, I lost my brother’s attention.  He made new friends and began to feel his way out of the house and ...

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Posted on: March 20th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments

When Daddy Got Sick

Our family life was divided into two parts – before and after Daddy got sick.  That was the phrase we all used, Mom included.  Daddy got sick in 1958 or ’59, I’m not sure which.  I know it was in ...

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Posted on: February 14th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

The Ultimate Insider

Howard was special.  He read early, wrote early, he sang and danced and seemed to have a supernatural ability to charm adults.  He was also a little effeminate.  I have some family film of him at maybe four or five ...

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Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 10 Comments

Great Little Shop Interview With Howard

The other day I found this great interview with Howard.  It was done when the Little Shop tour hit Baltimore.  There's good stuff here and I like it especially because Howard talks a bit about his early life in our ...

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Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

Happy Birthday, Brother

It’s human nature, I guess, but I often can’t help but wonder what Howard would be doing now, had he lived. Howard was born on May 17, 1950.  So today he would have been 62 and the cold, hard fact is ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 12 Comments

Peter Pan Act II

I promised you a Peter Pan Act II (Act I was way back last year) and since John’s busy on the road this week, I figured I’d jump in. For a couple of years in the late 50’s and early ...

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Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Snow Day

I do not know why my grandparents decided that what Howard really wanted was a collection of plastic toy soldiers.  I suspect, though, that it was our grandfather’s doing.  Our mother’s father, Pop Pop took great pride in Howard’s many ...

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Posted on: January 22nd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments