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Paul Newman passed away

by WOODS-HICK / September 27, 2008 12:03 AM PDT

yesterday according to foxnews a few minutes ago.

I had the pleasure of working with him for 3 months.

A true gentleman, down to earth and one of the boys.

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(NT) Nice guy and very generous to charities.
by JP Bill / September 27, 2008 12:12 AM PDT
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a statement from Newman's Own Foundation
by WOODS-HICK / September 27, 2008 12:25 AM PDT

Newman's Own Foundation Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Paul Newman
(January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008)

Last update: 9:14 a.m. EDT Sept. 27, 2008
WESTPORT, Conn., Sept 27, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Remembering the life and legacy of Paul Newman, Newman's Own Foundation has issued a statement. The statement, from Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester, follows:

"Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all.

"Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one's life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance.

"An exceptional example is the legacy of Newman's Own. What started as something of a joke in the basement of his home, turned into a highly-respected, multi-million dollar a year food company. And true to form, he shared this good fortune by donating all the profits and royalties he earned to thousands of charities around the world, a total which now exceeds $250 million.

"While his philanthropic interests and donations were wide-ranging, he was especially committed to the thousands of children with life-threatening conditions served by the Hole in the Wall Camps, which he helped start over 20 years ago. 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.

Today, there are 11 Camps around the world, with additional programs in Africa and Vietnam. Through the Camps, well over 135,000 children have had the chance to experience what childhood was meant to be.

"In Paul's words: "I wanted to acknowledge luck; the chance and benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, who might not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it."

"Paul took advantage of what life offered him, and while personally reluctant to acknowledge that he was doing anything special, he forever changed the lives of many with his generosity, humor, and humanness. His legacy lives on in the charities he supported and the Hole in the Wall Camps, for which he cared so much.

"We will miss our friend Paul Newman, but are lucky ourselves to have known such a remarkable person."

I can not get the link to work

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His partner in the charity was
by drpruner / September 27, 2008 6:26 AM PDT

famous in his own right; try search on
A.E. Hotchner

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thanks..... here's something
by WOODS-HICK / September 27, 2008 9:15 AM PDT

and I read his wiki bio

1982: Newman's Own Begins on a Whim

For several years, Paul Newman and his long-time friend, author A.E. Hotchner, were in the habit of giving bottles of their homemade salad dressing to friends as holiday gifts. They would mix up a batch in Newman's basement and hand out old wine bottles filled with the dressing while Christmas caroling in their Westport, Connecticut, neighborhood. The response was favorable, and their 'limited edition' bottled dressing became a sought-after item in neighborhood gourmet shops.

Newman and Hotchner reasoned they might attempt to market their dressing. They were told to expect to spend $400,000 on test marketing, but instead they simply invited a group of friends to choose from among a few salad dressing samples, and then selected the favorite. The two men each contributed $40,000, and a private manufacturer agreed to bottle the dressing. Thus, in 1982, Newman's Own, Inc., created its first product: Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing. As a joke, Newman put a likeness of his own face on the label, deciding to give any after-tax profits away because he had no need or desire to make money from the business. He convinced his friend Stew Leonard of the famous Stew Leonard's grocery store in Norwalk, Connecticut, to take 10,000 cases, though Leonard cautioned Newman not to expect much from a celebrity food product.

Marketing experts also had their doubts, warning Newman to expect $1 million in losses during the first year. Instead, Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing was wildly successful, generating after-tax profits of nearly a half million dollars in the first year, which was all donated to charity. Quoted in a company press release, Newman stated, 'If we'd followed the experts' advice, we'd probably still be bottling dressing in our basement, wondering if Newman's Own was a worthwhile business venture.' Hotchner went on to become Newman's partner, vice-president, and treasurer of Newman's Own, Inc., based in Westport.

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(NT) 26 years- I didn't remember it being that old.
by drpruner / September 27, 2008 10:02 AM PDT
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(NT) A classy man !!
by critic411 / September 27, 2008 12:25 AM PDT
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(NT) Condolences to his wife, family, and friends
by grimgraphix / September 27, 2008 1:39 AM PDT
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(NT) Good man. Good family. Good actor.
by Dan McC / September 27, 2008 9:02 AM PDT
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he made a lot of good movies
by jonah jones / September 27, 2008 8:47 PM PDT
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