Monday, September 29, 2008

Adios, Pablo!

Primo Actor Paul Newman died Friday at the Age of 83. He's best known to us, and those of a Certain Age, as the star of dozens of Cooler than Cool flicks: Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy, The Sting, & The Color of Money, among them. Our students, alas, remember Pablo for his Salad Dressing.

We'd like to share a little Paul Newman Humor, as a way of remembering, & as way of Paying Tribute. Saying "Thanks," if you will.

Dear Old Mom & Dad retired to a farmhouse out on Long Island. They lived in a quaint fishing village, near the Hamptons, but not of the Hamptons. Every so often, they'd zip into Bridge or South Hampton for a little antiquing & a little Celeb-Watching.

Daddy had a Sweet Tooth. So did Mom. They frequented this Ice Cream Emporium in Bridgehampton. Mmmmmmmm...delish! Actually, it was a custard place, long before custard became The Thing.

One day, Mom & Dad popped in for a cone. Mom dug in her pocketbook to come up with the cash. The Parentals got their treats, & headed out the door.

But who should be coming into the Ice Cream Parlor, but Paul Newman & his wifey, Joanne Woodward? In the flesh. All handsome & blue eyes & actorish, and all.

Mom practically bumped right in to ol' Pablo. He said, "Excuse me." Ever the Gentleman, he held the door for M & D. Shortly thereafter, Dear Old Mommy noticed something dripping from her pocketbook.

In her Flabbergasted, Paul Newman State of Mind, she'd put her ice cream cone in her pocketbook. And was clutching her wallet like a cone. What a mess. And, what a story!

Adios, Pablo! And, thanks for the memories...

11 comments:

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

AWESOME story - that cracks me up.

Hey - can you e-mail the questions to me at work? I can't get to my regular e-mail and i want to get those to you by this afternoon

it's

elizabeth.gray at wachoviasec.com
and.. actually send it to
elizabeth.gray at agedwards.com
too please

Mrs. Who said...

I am afraid I would have put my ice cream cone in my purse too!!

He will be sorely missed, especially in this time when young actors and actresses have NO SECRETS and jump from one short-lived marriage to another.

Lynda said...

What a great story! He was a so handsome. Definitely handsome enough to melt ice cream.

Josh L said...

That sounds remarkably similar to a story I read on Dailykos (http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/9/27/92928/2942/319#c319 and http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2008/9/27/92928/2942/210#c210). Maybe that happened a lot around him. Anyway, I've seen his movies so clearly not all of your students remember him for his salad dressing.

"Why you crazy? The fall will probably kill you."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qCPhah8ojQ&feature=related

Nina said...

That is a great story...
Aw to be be star struck like that.

mammadawg.com said...

OMG - what a great story!! That is definitely one to remember.

On a side note, wanted to invite you to drop by the crib when you get a chance, k? I've got somethin' for ya =)

Tara R. said...

I would have had the same reaction. He remained a handsome devil to the end.

Kelly - PTT said...

What an awesome story!! I would have probably fallen over backward;) Paul Newman was a class act in every way. I'm so sorry to see him go...

Dawn said...

That's cute!! Great post! He will be missed.

Veggie Mom said...

This story is priceless! Paul Newman was just the kinda guy who could melt a gal's heart-AND her pocketbook!

Urban School Teacher said...

Very good Melissa B- Newman definitely had that certain something about him, that indefineable star quality.

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