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Newman’s Own Recipe for Life



Paul Newman (or “PL” as his friends called him) was quintessentially cool and amazingly altruistic.

It wasn’t just the series of grinning rebels he created for our big-screen pleasure that impressed us. It was more the manner in which he embraced life and loved freely.

Newman had those gallant qualities that seem to be in short supply these days—genuineness, kindheartedness and humility.

He served his country in World War II with nobility, initially enlisting in the Navy in the hopes of being a pilot. It was determined, though, that despite the intense blueness of his eyes he was colorblind. He ultimately served in the Pacific theater as a radioman and gunner in torpedo bombers.

A true believer in marriage and family, Newman had one of the most successful marriages in or out of Hollywood. He generally sought a simple life and tended to stay away from the spotlight.

After a 1969 role in “Winning” where he played a race car driver, Newman embarked on a real life racing career. In 1976 he won his first national amateur championship and won two more national championships in the 1980s.

It seems providential that the last movie in which he would participate would be “Cars,” the 2006 animated film where a race car named Doc Hudson would luck out and get the trademark Newman voice.

More than two decades prior to his passing, Newman created the “Hole in the Wall Gang,” a no-cost camp for seriously ill children. Currently, eleven such camps are spread across the globe.

In the 1980s, Newman started a food company, launching the business with his own recipe for salad dressing. As a matter of fact, he dubbed the savory concoction “Newman’s Own.” However, proceeds from the ever-expanding line of products were anything but. Profits to the tune of hundreds of millions went to countless charities; the motto of the company being “Shameless exploitation in pursuit of the Common Good.”

Now we know what kind of salad dressing they’re serving at the heavenly buffet.

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