Topic: "Newman's Own" (4)
The Shire lies just a few miles from the town square in Marietta, Georgia. On several occasions, as Frodo slowed his pace in order to take note of people, flowers, buildings, or some other distraction, he would look around to see if someone looked like Joanne Woodward. This is her hometown. She is very much on Frodo's mind this day, as is Robert Redford, and Tom Cruise, and the countless hundreds who appeared in movies with her husband, and Frodo's hero, Paul Newman.
83 years is a long time in human terms, particularly when it encompasses depressions, and wars, and assassinations, freedom marches, impeachments, civil liberties, and, yes, salad dressing. Great wealth and fame were not the achievements of his lifetime, at least in his mind, in appearance if not in fact. Paul Newman stood for human dignity, and he did so in both personal appearance and with a checkbook. Frodo is very much saddened that the results of the next Presidential Election will not include a vote entered by Paul Newman. Frodo is sure that it would have meant something very special.
Scott Joplin, remember him? The score for "The Sting," in which Newman and Redford, scalawags that they were, took revenge on Robert Shaw for the murder of their friend, Luther, who just happened to be black. How about the drunken Boston lawyer, Frank, who took on the entire Catholic Church in order to right a wrongful innocent death by an incompetent surgeon. Along the way, Frank regained his life, but he lost his heart. Ah, but dear, dear reader, how can you forget Butch and Sundance, riding the bicycle, robbing the train, leaping the leap, all while B. J. Thomas crooned about "nothin' worryin' me?"
Frodo is more than a day older today. In the spirit of it all, and with sympathy for Ms. Woodward, Frodo and Sam will have spaghetti tonight. The jar of meat sauce to be used bears the smiling face of a great actor, a fine gentle man, and someone Frodo would like to have been, if for just a day.
All of the profit on the "Newman's Own" products went to, and will go to, charity. A class act, all the way. Exit, stage left.