Paul Newman. McBone. Icons both, but what more do they have in common, aside from global superstardom? A lot more than you might think. Sure, we at McBone are fervent admirers of his work in film (I'd like to meet the person who isn't), but I'd like to point out a few similarities that may or may not be coincidental.
McBone is dedicated to all things Cleveland, where Paul Newman was born in 1925.
He attended Shaker Heights High School, the very school where Nate Bowler suffered an ignominious defeat in tennis at the hands of this wimpy kid named Brad Karfeld. I'll never forget that name till the day I die. If you're out there Brad and you're reading this, I hate you forever! Likewise, Paul Newman once finished second in a major sporting event--the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where, incidentally, Nate Bowler lived for a year.
Paul Newman, like Nate Bowler, had a Jewish father who owned a successful sporting goods store.
Paul Newman and Nate Bowler shared an addiction to half-sour pickles.
Nate Bowler co-founded the Northern Ohio Moustache League. Paul Newman wore a moustache on and off through his career.
Nate Bowler graduated from Ohio University, the same college from which Paul Newman was expelled for unspecified "unruly behavior." Rumor has it that he was caught one too many times in a women's dormitory. Another says that he crashed a beer keg into the president's car. McBone likes to believe it was a combination of the two.
Like Nate Bowler, Paul Newman was devastatingly handsome and known for a pair of piercing blue eyes.
Paul Newman, like McBone, was devoted to the drinking of beer.
Both Newman (#19) and McBone (#47) found their way onto Richard Nixon's list of enemies.
Paul Newman was an ardent liberal who supported gay marriage, one of McBone's hallmark causes.
McBone's mission is to free the world from tyranny, one mayonnaise jar at a time. Paul Newman's charitable line of food, Newman's Own ($250 million raised!), contains no mayonnaise or mayonnaise products.
Newman joins Gregory Peck (also a Nixon enemy) and Audrey Hepburn (enemy to no one) on the very short list of actors who realized that there were more important things in the world than themselves.
Join us this month in celebrating the life of a man who actually left the world a little better than he found it. McBone recommends:
Cool Hand Luke
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Absence of Malice
Road to Perdition