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Paul Newman, 1925-2008


As far as local angles go on Paul Newman, who passed yesterday of lung cancer at 83, the Staten Island Advance has an unusual one: the paper recalls that “Newman’s dramatic roots sprouted in St. George.” In 1952 the aspiring actor was living at 30 Daniel Low Terrace, and in September happened to be interviewed by the Advance‘s inquiring photographer, who asked his opinion of women voters. “I guess I haven’t much faith in the ability of women to make up their minds about who to vote for,” said Newman, who was then still married to his first wife, Jackie Witte, and five months from his Broadway debut in Picnic.

Local blogs also reacted to the star’s death. Gothamist’s Billy Parker puts up a photo gallery and notes, “He was the oldest driver ever to win a sanctioned auto race and considered one of his proudest achievements to have once landed as #19 on Richard Nixon’s enemies list.” Gawker rounds up family’s, friends’, and celebrities’ reactions.

This being the age of online film clips, EV Grieve hoists one from Fort Apache: The Bronx. Brooklyn Vegan, being music-centric, leads with Newman and Louis Armstrong in Paris Blues and Newman playing “Plastic Jesus” in Cool Hand Luke. Flaming Pablum has Luke‘s egg-eating contest. And Joe My God has a fun East of Eden screen test with Newman and James Dean.

Some reminisce. “i remember seeing him do a television version of bang the drum slowly a long time ago, says being a bastard works, “and he was phenomenal… never liked his ceaser salad dressing but i liked his cookies.” “Gorgeous and married to the same woman for 50 years,” sighs Flexichick at the Brooklynian message board.

“Another liberal hits the dust,” says dominop at cop board Thee Rant. Daily Gotham remembers Newman’s considerable philanthropic efforts, and suggests a memorial donation to his Hole in the Wall Gang charity for children with life-threatening diseases.

photo via unlockok (cc)

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