Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman

"Oh, shit!"

I was deeply saddened today, to hear that Paul Newman has died. After reading the news I went to and have copied and pasted the following for myself and anyone else who might be interested. I once read in some interview that he ate a half a cantaloupe in the shower every morning. The thought comes to me frequently when I am around cantaloupes and makes me smile. I have been in love with Paul Newman since the night in high school when I piled in my girlfriends Buick with her and a couple other girlfriends and went to the Drive-in to see "Exodus".

For 25 years, we at Newman's Own have had a front row seat to watch Paul's entrepreneurial brilliance, humor, and compassion at work helping those in need. Our company motto, "Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good," was Paul's vision for Newman's Own and it is a philosophy we are proud to continue.
Paul occasionally referred to Newman's Own as the "joke that got out of control" and would express astonishment at its success. Despite this humorous approach, Paul was committed to the company's business and to providing top-notch quality – he brought all-natural food products to a wide audience long before it was fashionable. And he was one of the greatest recyclers, giving back to charity all the money he earned from the sale of Newman's Own products.
Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good
Newman's Own has grown into a powerful and lasting expression of Paul Newman's generosity. The Company has generated over $250 million in proceeds that have been donated by Paul Newman and the Newman's Own Foundation to thousands of charities worldwide. Particularly close to his heart were the Hole in the Wall Camps, now the leading global family of camps for children with life-threatening illnesses, which Paul started over 20 years ago.

Today, Newman’s Own is a thriving company with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. As always, all profits are donated to charity through Newman's Own Foundation. We will miss Paul, but we will honor his vision for the Common Good through dedicated stewardship of his company that will perpetuate his philanthropic legacy. Paul wouldn’t have it any other way.
He was also a terrific actor.


  1. I too, will miss Paul Newman. He symbolizes a past generation of great actors, and what's more impressive is his philanthropy.

    Either something is wrong with my computer, or you have your copy repeated a few times in this post. If I'm wrong, I apologize, but you might want to check it out.

    Thanks for your comment at Peripheral Vision. Here's the reply I left you:

    luckyzmom, Your comment just brought tears to my eyes, as it is not only kind but so eloquent. You've made my day--it means a lot to me if my little contribution to the Blogosphere has, at any time, made you feel good!!


  2. lynda- Oops, thanks for setting me straight. I have fixed the repetition. And, I feel good everytime I visit your blog. You are very talented and eloquent.

  3. I am sorry to see him go. Cancer is insidious.

  4. I love Newman's Own Lemonade's.


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