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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The workshop for Zina Camblin's play about Whit's life and death has been moved back from December to January. I will keep everyone posted as the actual date is scheduled.


Thursday, September 20, 2012


A rehearsed workshop (including lighting and sound) for Whit's play is scheduled for December at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati. The exact date is not yet available, but I will post it as soon as I know. This is a very exciting next step towards the full production!!


Monday, May 14, 2012

PDF version

If anyone would like a PDF of Whit's blog, please let me know. It's just Whit's actual posts and words spoken at his memorial, so it doesn't include my additions or the photos I put up, but it's chronological (easier than navigating the online version), printable and sendable.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Prison Talk

If you got here from the thread at PTO, thank you for reading Whit's blog. Unfortunately I (and others) was recently permanently banned from PTO because I/we also joined another site devoted to parents of incarcerated children, so I won't see anything you post in that thread. If you have any comments, please leave them here, or email me directly (see "Contact information and how I post").

Jeff, Whit's dad

Monday, April 9, 2012


Happy Birthday, dear Whit.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Reading of Whit's play

A reading (by the actors) of Zina Camblin's play about Whit's life will take place on the evening of April 10 - his birthday. Venue is Know Theater, who are producing the play next fall. If you would like to attend, please let me know. Michael Millard and Scott Ainslie are flying in, Gerry aka Tiny will be there, as well as Diane and my sister Carolyn. For most of you from out of town it's probably not worth the trip - save your airfare for the full production :-) But wherever you are coming from, just get in touch so I can give you the details.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Gerry Duggan, Whit's closest friend, protector and confidante at Terre Haute, has also become a close friend of mine. If you've read the blog, you know him as "Tiny," but even those references don't begin to describe how close Whit and he were.

Gerry has been out of prison for 2 years now, and is about to finish his Associate's degree in drug and alcohol counseling. We see each other often, as Gerry lives just up the road near Dayton. Today I would like to share a piece Gerry wrote, sent to me with the following explanation:

Today is the two year anniversary of my release from prison. I brought this up in one of my classes today and it became the focus of the class. When I got home I felt the need to put some of my thoughts on paper. Today has been a very emotional day for me and I don't know how much of what I wrote makes sense but I am sure you will get it.

As I read the piece, I of course couldn't help think that it reflected the personal experience Whit would have enjoyed after coming home. Would that he could have.

Here is Gerry's essay:

Today is the two year anniversary of the day I was released from prison. I have to say that I have overcome a lot of barriers since my release, but what I have realized is there is one barrier that is still standing between me and completely overcoming my past. That barrier is me; I still view myself as a convict. I tend to assume that is how other people view me, but I found out today during a group dynamics class I am taking that for most people they just view me as Gerry. One of my classmates who until today was not aware of my past said she thought I was one of the most honest caring people she knew. Her comment brought tears to my eyes; it gave me a glimpse of how people see me. What I am finding out is that I am still defining myself by who I was and not who I am. I have spent a lot of the last two years trying to prove that what I did to get locked up does not define me as a person, when in reality the only one I have to worry about defining who I am is me. I guess I am struggling with actually accepting the fact that it is time to allow myself to live and to stop living my life based on my past. I don’t know if I would have made it this far without all the support of my family and friends; every day I see reminders of how hard it is to survive the reentry process without having a support system. Since my release I have been doing a lot of writing, and over the last week I have been looking over some of the essays I have written since my release, and it has been a very emotional time for me. I guess rereading some of my experiences after my release brought back all the fear I felt at that time, but it also showed me just how far I have come. I am hoping to never forget what I went through to get to this point, because I believe it is something I can always use as a source of strength.