(Book). In 1971, Jim Croce, a Pittsburgh native, wrote the haunting melody and words for the classic "Time in a Bottle," a song for his son, Adrian James. Less than two years later, Jim Croce's life was tragically cut short by a plane crash. This photographic memoir by his wife, Ingrid, offers an intimate look at their lives through Jim Croce's lyrics, quotes, photographs, and memories. With the turning of every page, it reveals never before seen photographs and a timeline of Jim Croce's successful life.