Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman Tribute 1925-2008

My mother participated on the March on Washington in 1963 , on that August day she was joined by celebrities that included Paul Newman. My mother was always impressed by Newman's presence at the March.Mom indicated that celebrities had it easy, and they "didn't have to try to improve the condition of the people". Paul used his celebrity to champion many causes for the betterment of humanity.Paul Newman left an legacy that included , being an accomplished actor by winning the prestigious Academy Award .Paul also was an sportsmen ,sponsoring an Indy racing team among his many ventures.
Classic: Peter Jennings Presents Person of the Week Paul Newman

Paul Newman products include the famous popcorn and salad dressing products."Paul Newman's Own" donated his profits to charities. Newman's favorite charities were those involving children . Newman's politics landed him opposite some of the most powerful Republican politicians of his era. President Richard Nixon had him on his "enemies list" ,because of his deep seated involvement in Democratic party circles. In 1968,Newman was a delegate to the Democratic convention as a delegate for Eugene McCarthy .
Among my favorite movies were " Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid","The Sting",and "Cool Hand Luke". All classics ,with Paul Newman like it was with my mother there was never a failure to communicate.


Blogger Gregory Chriesman said...

He always had that mischievious gleam in his eyes; like he was up to something

September 30, 2008 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Doug B. said...

Thanks for your piece on Paul Newman. I met him in 1966 or 67 when he was in Wisconsin campaigning for Minnesota's U.S. Senator Eugene McCarty, who was running against LBJ for the Democratic Presidential ticket.
Your Mother was right: he was not a celebrity in the usual sense; he had an air of personal dignity, conviction and honesty that was there for the world to see.

October 22, 2008 at 4:32 PM  

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