No, this isn’t about the debate….which BTW I call a draw…
Nor is it my annoyance at the new wheechair….it’s already having footplate issues
It appears that Paul Newman has passed away.
He was originally from Shaker Heights Ohio, a Cleveland suburb next door to where I grew up.
He and his wife have done a lot for Kenyon College which they both attended…also in Ohio.
And he was fully engaged in doing some good….Newman’s Own raised incredible amounts of cash used to help others
Since I’m an actor junkie though, I want to direct people to what I see as the three best examples of his craft…
If you don’t even know who Paul Newman is….watch this one first, even though in black and white you miss the startling blue eyes…. “The Hustler” with an amazing supporting cast, where he is the distilled portrait of every newbie pool shark there ever was. (and I have to be shallow for a moment… he’s hawt. Purely gorgeous to look at. When you get both great acting ability and good looks…heaven)
A great uncle of mine was a pool shark for a living in the 1920’s and he said that movie was as close to the truth as Hollywood would ever get, except that there was no Prince-of-Darkness financier like the George C. Scott character.
Then, skip Butch and Sundance, which I think is overrated and off in it’s pacing, and head straight for “The Sting,” where you see him inhabit a merry, wise con man,who likes nothing better than the rush, and is having an even better time, because he knows the proceeds will help the family of a fellow con who died in the wrong place at the wrong time. And those blue eyes are in full view. Yum.
And “The Verdict,” This is great acting…as he tells the story of a resurrection of an alchoholic attorney who goes from pathetic to proud in a beleivable maze of emotions and events. That’s the one that cemented his praise for great acting…Frank Galvin, the attorney took the path that I wish my father had been able to achieve…but since it’s Hollywood…
The Verdict is in.
Newman was guilty of being a multitalented, genuinely good guy.
And it was a darn good idea…
Just been working, coming home and crashing and reading some old, beloved, and (occasionally trashy) books…
I’ll be helping with the last last last cleanout of the Former Apartment with the Terminally Ill Elevator….this weekend…so expect a bit of a hiatus until October 1rst…..
Go look for an ASL version of Christina Agulera’s song “Beautiful.” It’s great.
Because it’s one of the factors that saves them boatloads of money when they outsource jobs overseas or to other countries…
How is it, that they can *recognize and document and use* the savings to themselves because they don’t have to pay (as much) of overseas workers health care costs…and fight so hard to block any healthcare reform here…
They’ll pocket the money they get by leaning on systems many on the right brand as ‘socialism, ‘ and yet sit and chuckle with the US healthcare lobby to make sure no changes happen.
Oh yes, let’s remove competitive restrictions from private health insurers.
Let’s privatize Social Security.
Just like we did with the banks whom taxpayers will have to bail out one way or another to the tune of 700 billion dollars.
For the love of whatever-one-holds-dear….*somebody* bleed those private health insurance lobbyists dry so that we can move toward a universal access and affordability system, and from there to single payor.
Has passed the House by voice vote!
And…it appears that the President will sign it when it arrives on his desk
(Cue scramble to my oversized fainting couch)
I have the vapors.
There were so many different advocacy groups, activists and legislators that combined in bipartisan support to get this measure passed.
This is a great good.