I’ve been thinking a lot about Paul Newman, as I’m sure a lot of people have. In his obituary in the New York Times, he was quoted saying:
“We are such spendthrifts with our lives. The trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”
He also explained the logic of distributing some of the profits from Newman’s Own to charities for the hungry: ”We take the profits we make from the people who eat our food and turn those profits into food for people who haven’t enough to eat. That’s the cycle of our business, from those who have to those who have not.”
Here’s a piece from the New York Times in 1998 about Newman’s Own.The firm was expanding and hired Thomas Indoe, a former executive for Del Monte Foods and RJR Nabisco. Indoe explained why he took the job. ”I was reviewing where I was in life. I’ll never get rich here — there aren’t any stock options — but that’s fine with me. My kids look at my job and say, ‘What a neat thing you’re doing, Dad,’ versus working for a big corporation, putting money to the bottom line.”
David Letterman provided his own memories here.