Archive for September 27th, 2008

Farewell to Paul Newman

Read the recap of Paul Newman’s life on CNN.com

No need to point out that Paul Newman created Newman’s Own, one of the very first (and most successful) brands of natural/organic foods. The guy believed in his products so much that he put his own face on every jar, bottle, box and package. And with humor, at that. Every bit of after-tax profit, he donated to charity. Forget that he was a movie icon for a few minutes, and consider his life as a whole: Married since 1958. Created an organic food empire AND used it to improve the lives of thousands of kids.

To date, the company (Newman’s Own) — which donates all profits to charities such as Newman’s Hole in the Wall camps — has given away more than $200 million. Newman established the camp to benefit gravely ill children.

“He saw the camps as places where kids could escape the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back and raise a little hell,” Forrester said.

Today, there are 11 Hole in the Wall camps around the world, with additional programs in Africa and Vietnam. Some 135,000 children have attended the camps — free of charge.

The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps “is part of his living legacy, and for that we remain forever grateful,” the association said in a statement.

A real maverick (the type who doesn’t scream it on the rooftops), when most of his peers would have chosen to spend their days napping and playing golf, Paul raced cars, ran a food empire, and worked to leave the world a little bit better than he found it. The guy was an example of integrity, enthusiasm, empathy, entrepreneurial vision and honesty. Perhaps even more importantly, he lived with unapologetic passion. His body may have grown old, but his soul, his spirit, his heart stayed young until the end. You could see it in his eyes. On so many levels, Paul was a hell of a role model, and he will be sorely missed. He was one of the great ones.

And he was a pretty good actor as well.

Godspeed, Mr. Newman. You will be sorely missed.

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