I was very sad to hear (and I'm sure you were too..) about the death of Paul Newman last weekend. Aside from a film star who left us with a legacy of excellent films and made lots of money, Paul Newman was relatively reclusive. He let his wild side out by racing cars, but rarely did anyone hear him roar about his political views as lots of the stars are doing now. (Even good friend Robert Redford.)
We knew Paul Newman for his movies and for his popcorn. Millions of us were familiar with his natural food products, salad dressings (at McDonalds..) and his donation of more than $150 million dollars to children's charities. He never took one dime of profits from his company for his own use.
Sound familiar these days?
Can you imagine a CEO of a Wall Street firm saying he was donating everything he earned to the charities his corporation set up? I hope there are lots of them out there.. there are many here in Kansas. Maybe we only hearing about the ones on Wall Street who take the money and run.
Paul Newman directed his five daughters, before his death, to continue to funnel any money made from the family's product line into the "Hole in the Wall" camp for kids with cancer, and the other charities he supported in his long and well-lived life. Gosh, wouldn't it be great if some of our nation's corporate business leaders would try to follow his example?
I'm goin' home tonight to watch a Paul Newman movie. See you tomorrow. RH