March 30, 2011
A Charitable Baldwin
I don't mind admitting that I'm more drawn to celebrity gossip than C-Span. In that spirit, a recent item in the Wall Street Journal reports that actor Alec Baldwin intends to donate his profits from his gig as spokesperson for Capital One to nonprofit arts organizations. Thus far he has given $1 million to the New York Philharmonic and $500,000 to the Roundabout Theater Company, where he sometimes performs. In a brief interview with the WSJ, he asks "How can I get my hands on more money [to donate]? How can I set up a food company like Paul Newman that prints money? Could I sell hair gel?"
So, it turns out that Alec Baldwin, in addition to being a celebrity, is a budding social entrepreneur. I'm sure many of us could help advise him on his hair gel venture.