Monday, September 29, 2008

Paul Newman, role model

As has been widely reported, Paul Newman passed away on Saturday. He lived here in Connecticut (at the other end of the state), and his camp for terminally ill children is just up the road.

Some years ago, I sat down and tried to figure out who I knew of that had lives worth emulating, and Paul Newman was one of the people I came up with, so he's sort of been a role model for me.


He was married to the same women for 50 years.

He was a success in his chosen career.

He had a wicked cool hobby (race car driving).

He did great things with charitable giving.

Now, I know that he wasn't perfect, and there are things in his life I probably don't want to follow, but he's an inspiration as I try to stay married, be a good sociologist, have fun cycling and hang gliding, and make some sort of difference in the lives of others.


Brad Stewart said...

He was married to the same women for 50 years.

So, he was a mormon?

Brad Wright said...

It was his second wife, but... I don't think that he professed any particular religion.

Anonymous said...

I saw in an obituary that he was a noted practical joker. Is that one of the things you want to emulate?

Brad Wright said...

Oh, I'm sort of that way by nature... nothing I've had to work at!