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Paul Newman, 1925-2008

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Dahlia Lithwick wrote a fine obituary, which begins:

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp opened in Connecticut in 1988 to provide a summer camping experience—fishing, tie-dye, ghost stories, s’mores—for seriously ill children. By 1989, when I started working there as a counselor, virtually everyone on staff would tell some version of the same story: Paul Newman, who had founded the camp when it became clear his little salad-dressing lark was accidentally going to earn him millions, stops by for one of his not-infrequent visits. He plops down at a table in the dining hall next to some kid with leukemia, or HIV, or sickle cell anemia, and starts to eat lunch. One version of the story has the kid look from the picture of Newman on the Newman’s Own lemonade carton to Newman himself, then back to the carton and back to Newman again before asking, “Are you lost?” Another version: The kid looks steadily at him and demands, “Are you really Paul Human?”

Newman loved those stories. He loved to talk about the little kids who had no clue who he was, this friendly old guy who kept showing up at camp to take them fishing. While their counselors stammered, star-struck, the campers indulged Newman the way they’d have indulged a particularly friendly hospital blood technician. It took me years to understand why Newman loved being at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. It was for precisely the same reason these kids did. …

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Written by Leisureguy

27 September 2008 at 8:45 am

Posted in Daily life

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  1. The WP also has a nice piece, albeit focusing more on his acting, but which ends:
    “He said that over the toilet bowl in his office bathroom he hung a letter from a fan — of his tomato sauce. The letter ends: “My girlfriend mentioned that you were a movie star and I would be interested to know what you have made. If you act as well as you cook, your movies should be worth watching.””

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/27/AR2008092701222.html

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    TYD

    27 September 2008 at 8:51 am

  2. Paul Newman is a legend for his work in movies, and he’s a stud for all his work outside of movies

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    coffee fiend

    9 January 2009 at 8:49 pm


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