Sunday, March 22, 2009

Newman's Own

Recently I am fixated on microwavable popcorn. Until then I've been enjoying potato chips and ice cream (in the same sitting, mind you) for quite some time, but finally came to my senses and switched to something considerably less caloric. The brand I purchase is "Newman's Own". As is known, this is a brand founded by late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Newman. It started from humble salad dressing, but then kept adding more and more food items to the roster. I don't buy much 'food in the box', but if I do, I want something tastes good and can feel good about buying. So, why pick this brand?

Long long ago when I was working in the editing rooms of a movie I encountered Paul Newman. The editing rooms were situated on the entire 7th Floor inside famed Brill Building on Broadway. Mr. Newman was then editing "Color of Money" on the 3rd Floor. One day he came to our office (OMG! Paul Newman!!), perhaps looking for my boss's boss's boss Warren Beatty. When I told him he wasn't in his office, Mr. Newman saw a bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies on the fridge and asked me: "Would you mind I take it? I'll replace it later." Of course you may! In fact, take the whole fridge for I care! Anyway he left with the cookies. ...Just when I must have forgotten about the cookies, he appeared again at our office. "Here." He brought back a brand-new bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies. Can you believe it? I was so impressed that he actually remembered. Paul Newman was a star. But for me, he became a star I respected.

When I leanred of his passing last year, it was very very sad as if someone I 'knew' was gone.

My heart warms up a little when I see his smiling face on the "Newman's Own" products. RIP, Mr. Newman.

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