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Twenty Five Years

I’d like to thank the Academy for this incredible honor… Wait, that’s not it.  Right, here we go now… I’d like to thank Sam Smith for kinda screwing up his acceptance of an Academy Award for best song.  Yeah, that’s more like ...

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Posted on: March 13th, 2016 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 6 Comments

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 Birthday Gift

Today's Howard's birthday.  Let's celebrate. Last week,  my good friend, as well as Howard’s good friend and trusty assistant, Nancy Parent, called me with a discovery she’d made while cleaning her office. It’s a sketch for lyrics – not meant to be ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 11 Comments

Mid Summer Update

What with the summer and all, I’m being a little lazy about blogging.  I’m working to get my momentum back by September and will be posting some updates before then, too. Most exciting, for me anyway, is a great animated short ...

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Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 10 Comments

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

John Musker Question Countdown #3

Do you think Howard would have been a good fit for Hercules, with its gospel and rock qualities? I think Howard would have had fun with the gospel and rock and roll approach we used for Hercules.  In all honesty, Howard ...

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Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 8 Comments

John Musker Question Countdown #5

Question #5 How does an idea for a project usually begin? Where does inspiration come from? And how long does it take for an idea to really take off? No two projects have the same period of gestation.  And their sources are ...

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Posted on: April 17th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 6 Comments

John Musker Question Countdown # 6

Question #6 The other day, I was watching Mermaid with commentaries on, and whenever a certain scene came up, John would say, "Oh, Howard wrote that," which surprised Alan Menken. So my question is how much of The Little Mermaid, ...

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Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

John Musker Question Countdown – Number 7

Question Number 7:  I know that Howard came to Disney and taught you guys a lot about musical theater but I also know he was very excited about learning how animation works. What did you teach him? Did you have ...

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Posted on: March 26th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 6 Comments