James Whitmore, whom Aliah describes as someone whose energy was "enormous," is never far from their hearts.
His son talked lovingly of working with him on such plays as "Tuesdays With Morrie" and Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" last decade at the Peterborough Players — the theater where the late actor got his start in the late 1940s and always returned to — in Peterborough, N.H., the town that was the model for Wilder's fictional Grover's Corners.
"It was a great blessing in my life," Whitmore said.
Aliah spent the summer of 2008 at Peterborough with her grandfather when he played the stage manager in "Our Town."
"I was able to run rehearsals with him," she said. "It was a really special, intimate time. During those three months with him we talked a lot about theater, how much he loved it and how important it was. He still stood by the notion that the living American theater is the most powerful place in the world."
His grandfather inspired Jacob to use his imagination. "When I was a little guy, he would come over to my parents' house, get pipe cleaners and make glasses for me," he said. "I would be Clark Kent and he would be Perry White. He would send me out on missions and my imagination would go wild. Then I would report back to him."
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