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The Actor, Racer and Humanitarian

Paul Leonard Newman Passes

The Actor, Racer and Humanitarian
Posted September 30 2008 10:13 AM by Bob Ryder 
Filed under: Opinions, Opinions, Past Events, Opinions, Truckin' Etiquette, Truck News , Classic Truck Trends

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It is very rare when you have the privilege of meeting a great human being that makes an impression whereever his life's journey takes him. I can say I did have that privilege by meeting Paul Newman.

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Back in 1982 at Riverside Raceway while I was a crew member on a Can Am team for Graham McRae's Circus Circus MG5 team. We were racing the same weekend that P.L. Newman was competting in the SCCA Trans Am Series, driving a 280 Z Datsun for Bob Sharpe. We shared the same garage with the Sharpe, P.L. Newman racing team. Over the years of racing Graham had become friends with Paul Newman. During some down time between practice and qualifying seasons Mr. Newman came over and was commenting to Graham about his fashionable pink white and blue Circus Circus driving suit and his poor pit crew who had to wear such "merry" crew uniforms. Pink was not cool in the early 80's. That was when I was introduced to Mr. Newman, he asked my opinion of the teams "giddy" appearance. I told him, I was just doing my job, we all laughed. Then he told me, "its better you than me" as he shook his head walking away.  I was amazed how at eaze he made you feel in conversation. He just wanted to be one of the guys. I only got to converse with him a couple more times, it seemed he always had time for you. Unfortunately the Can Am series was desolved after that racing season, but I will never forget those memroable moments of being in the same garage or pit area with such an incredible human being. One thing I found curious was, later on I learned that Paul Newman was color blind.

After the Can Am series went under, one of his competitors Carl Haas called him with intrest of forming a open wheel racing team. Newman thought Haas was nuts, until he found out Mario Andretti was going to be the teams driver. The Newman/Haas Champ Car racing team was formed in 1983. The team won the Champ Car series in 1984 with Andretti driving. Mario's son Michael Andretti join the team in 1991, in 1993 Formula One Champion, Nigel Mansell crossed over to the Newman/Haas team. More recently Cristiano da Matta joined the team in 2002 Sebastien Bourdais won the Championship in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. 

His acting career saw him in more than 65 movies in 50 years on the silver screen. He was nominated for nine acting Academy Awards during his half a century career in Hollywood. He married his long time soul mate Joan Woodward in 1958. Paul was not the Hollywood type, he and Joan resided in the farmhouse home outside of Westport, Connecticuit where they raised their childeren.

Just some of his many films included; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Butch Casidy and the Sundance Kid, Color of Money, Cool Hand Luke, The Verdict, Hud, Exodus, Winning, The Hustler, The Sting, Absence of Malice, just to name a few. One of his last creations was the voice of Doc Hudson in the Disney Pixtar film "Cars". 

In 1982 he launched a his company, Newman's Own, with writer A.E. Hotchner. Initionally the company was Newman's own salad dressing, which soon grew into other food products such as meat sauces, lemonade, popcorn, and even dog food. All of the Newman's Own proceeds went to charity and his Hole In The Wall Gang Camps foundation which he founded in 1988 has raised over $250 million dollars for kids with serious medical conditions like cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, HIV. Currently there are Hole In The Wall Gang Camps in Conneticut, New York, Florida, California, North Carolina, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, France, The United Kingdom, and regions in Africa and Asia.

My personal acquintance with Paul Newman was short, but it has been with me my entire life since. He was a incredible man who possessed gods gift of charm, charisma, class, humor, integrity, passion, and was a humanitarian who lived his life to its fullest, and loved others even more.

Paul Newman lost his fight with lung cancer this past Friday, September 26, 2008 with family and friends at his farmhouse in Westport, Connecticut.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful wife Joan Woodward and five daughters
Claire, Melissa, Elinor, Susan, and Stephanie, his older brother Arthur, and two grandsons.
His eldest child son Scott passed away November 20, 1978 he was 28 years old.

P.L. Newman Rest In Peace

Remember, Old Guys Rule!
Bob Ryder

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