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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

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

Interviews

Interviews are tough to do – for both the interviewer and the interviewee. And it’s a fact of life that sometimes the facts get a little bashed in the process. You hope, though, that when you’re being interviewed ...

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Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

Auntie Ursula

The oddest things occur to a person when driving.  For instance, I was just minding my own business, picking up some groceries, when it hit me like a flash.  Howard’s and my great aunt, Ann, was an Ursula doppelganger.  Coincidence?  ...

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Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

An Oscar Nightmare

Here's a little summer game for you.  I'm posting a lyric Howard (with music by Alan Menken) wrote on spec for an Academy Award program.  Think Billy Crystal. It wasn't used but I've always thought it was pretty funny. The game is simple ...

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Posted on: August 18th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 3 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

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

John Musker Question Countdown #2

Could Howard ever have been promoted to a director, despite his relative lack of knowledge of animating a film? As I considered this question, it seemed to suggest three additional questions, all of which affect the answer to this one. The first ...

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Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 Comments

John Musker Question Countdown #4

Question #4 What did you think of the stage adaptations of Aladdin and Little Mermaid? Did you get to have any input during the creative process of either show?   Ron Clements and I had almost no input to either the Little Mermaid ...

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Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments