I will never forget the first time I saw Mr. Newman in person. It was twenty-one years ago and we had just moved to Westport, CT. It was a Sunday afternoon (in the summer) and Gary and I were at ‘Stop & Shop’ on Route 1. We were standing in the checkout line and the gentleman in front of us turned to his lady companion and asked her if she had picked up Ketchup. She said no and when he turned around, I realized it was Paul Neman and his lady companion was he wife Joanne Woodward.
I stood still, looked at my husband Gary and said, “that was Paul Neman, he just spoke to me, he said, “excuse me”, oh my god, Paul Newman spoke to me!”
After living in Westport for a while I met one of his daughters and she was (still is) one of the nicest people around. Never were caught up with who her parents were (are).
Most people know Mr. Newman as an actor and a racecar driver, but Mr. Newman was more than that. Mr. Newman was a very charitable man. In 1982, he founded “Newman’s own” with his good friend Mr. Hotchner, a food company that produced everything from pasta sauces to cookies. Mr. Newman and Mr. Hotchner gave all profits to charities, including his own “Hole in the wall camps”, a camp for children who are gravely ill.
Mr. Newman died Friday at his home in Westport, CT at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind his wife of 50 years Joanne and five kids