A Good Man

Saturday, September 27, 2008
I was sorry to learn this morning that Paul Newman has passed away.

While I think he was a superlative actor, I think his greatest contribution was that of philanthropist. A lot of people had better lives as a direct result of his work, and that's something worth being remembered for.

Joanne, you have my sympathy. He was a good man.

6 comments:

Eric said...

He was a phenomenally good actor. And, yes, a good man.

mom in northern said...

Puddle time

Thordr said...

I truly wish more artists and athletes would answer the same calling as he did. He was a marvel, both outgoing and humble, a great example of a humanitarian, philanthropist, a roll model we can only hope to emulate. If I can do in my life a small fraction of the things he did, I feel I will have served my fellow people well.

Janiece Murphy said...

You said it, thordr.

neurondoc said...

He once knocked me on my ass. Literally. I worked one summer during college at the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority (in Giants Stadium), where they had the Meadowlands Grand Prix. The office peons (I was one such) were allowed to walk around the area while they were doing the time trials. I was basically mimicking a total gape-mouthed tourist, paying no attention to where I was going, when I smacked straight into someone. I fell right on my ass. The person apologized and helped me up. When I got a good look at him I realized that it was Paul Newman. He kindly apologized for knocking me down (I was the one not looking where I was going). I apologized back and we went on our respective ways. Classy guy, and from Cleveland, just like my husband (who is not quite so classy, having been a sailor, and all).

Natalie

Janiece Murphy said...

Natalie, what a great story.