Saturday, September 27, 2008

Farewell Paul Newman, social entrepreneur and dramatizer of one of my favorite Bantam Gold Medals, Donn Pearce's impeccably stylish Cool Hand Luke.

"In 1982, as a lark, [Newman] decided to sell a salad dressing he had created and bottled for friends at Christmas. Thus was born the Newman’s Own brand, an enterprise he started with his friend A. E. Hotchner, the writer. More than 25 years later the brand has expanded to include, among other foods, lemonade, popcorn, spaghetti sauce, pretzels, organic Fig Newmans and wine. (His daughter Nell Newman runs the company’s organic arm). All its profits, of more than $200 million, have been donated to charity, the company says."

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