Sunday, September 28, 2008
Paul Newman's death yesterday has been reported throughout the country (see the NY Times article). It seems fitting to post a tribute to a man who, in addition to his work as an actor and director, founded a company, Newman's Own, that contributess ALL of its profits to charity. The NY Times article reports that the company has contributed over $200 million so far. Some of that money has been used to created Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, set up as summer camps to provide free recreational opportunities for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Mr. Newman's legacy as an actor will live on through the many movies he made, and his legacy as a caring man concerned about helping others will live on through the camps, his company, and the Scott Newman Center which he founded in memory of his son and which publicizes the dangers of drugs and alcohol.