Paul Newman Tribute
Today I was reminded about what a gift it is to have the passion of a collector. Whether you collect art, vintage
So, I was saddened this past week, on another dimension, while reading my email. I see a news report that one of our most beloved movie actors Paul Newman had succumbed to cancer. I didn't know Paul Newman, never met him. I only knew the public, bigger then life persona. But, he played an important role in my early life. When I was about ten years old, I acquired a love for old movies and in particular three movie legends, namely James Stewart, John Wayne and Paul Newman.
Because there is also a very public side of this man, who exhibited an authenticity, a pureness that is about as contrary to typical
Here is an excerpt from USA Today.
Now this rare breed of handsome rascal who connected with audiences across five decades is gone. The screen legend died Friday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near
Not even a Brad Pitt or a George Clooney could take Newman's place. You would have to mix the DNA of both Clint Eastwood (the steely toughness) and Robert Redford (the manly allure) to come close to duplicating him.
As Clooney himself told Men's Journal in 2000, "Nobody gets to be famous as long as Paul Newman. You can't take your eyes off of him. He's always interested in the scene, as opposed to trying to be interesting."
The blue-eyed devil considered himself more lucky than talented to have the career he achieved.
So, this afternoon, with anxiety about this financial crisis we face and little comfort from Washington, I am distracted by comforting thoughts about a memorable actor whose performances never failed to take me to a better place. I recall as a ten year old, in the fifth grade, reciting that unforgettable, scolding quote, "what we have here is a failure to communicate".
Why my early heroes were James Stewart, John Wayne and Paul Newman, I can't explain, but in hindsight, not bad judgment for a 10 year old boy. Whether it was Hud Bannon in Hud or Luke in Cool Hand Luke, Paul Newman never had a failure to communicate. Thanks Paul for the memories and allowing us to go to a better place when the media and politicians are trying to convince us that money is the end of the world.
Here are a couple short video tributes