It has been a sad weekend, no doubt. But for as many tears as I have shed over the passing of Paul Newman, there have been just as many smiles due to the stories have been flooding my inbox via my google alerts.
There are the articles from the movie mavens & critics, who have written about his long, illustrious career.
The expected articles from the major players in motorsports journalism, whose own personal experiences with Mr. Newman are regaled for all of us to share and envy and chuckle at.
There are the generalized obituary/tributes from those of us who are the small fish in the big jounalism pond, mostly on the outside looking in, but still in close enough proximity to have been touched on a personal level by his passing.
Then the rest are mostly just re-worked AP articles, flavoured to whatever demographic reads that particular newspaper, website, blog, etc…
But amidst all the generalized ones, there are a few that make you stop and smile. The politician who managed to get the man to do some pimping for his campaign. The man who was once a little boy at the Hole in the Wall camp. Heck I just read an article from Iran!
There are tributes and quotes from people of all walks of life and from all over the world. Actors, drivers, politicians, world leaders. It’s quite incredible. Makes me proud to have been associated with him in some small way.
And photo galleries! oh! magnificent! (makes my 3 paltry little pics a bit silly now) Here are just a couple:
And those are just the racing galleries. Many of the entertainment sites have their own galleries of his life and movie career.
Tonight on The Speed Report and on Windtunnel with Dave Despain there will be extended tributes to the man.
Tomorrow night pretty much every entertainment magazine show in the world will be carrying tributes I would imagine. If Letterman is live on Monday night, I’m 100% certain he will be talking about his long time friend and showing clips from previous interviews. (which were some of his best imo)
Perhaps the most moving tribute though was the joint statement released yesterday by his 5 daughters which read:
“Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee. Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist. Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity. Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: ‘It’s been a privilege to be here.’ He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon. During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.”
Well Mr. Newman, it was a privilege to have you here.