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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Dressing Room, Westport, CT

Recently, while eating shrimp and grits at The Dressing Room in Westport, Connecticut, my friend Saije and I had a good chat about Paul.  Paul Newman, that is.

Up until he passed away in 2008, Newman was part owner of this casual farm-to-table eatery behind the Westport Country Playhouse.  Full of locals and good cheer, The Dressing Room was the highlight of our weekend in Westport.  We like it so much that we ate dinner there...twice.

Over seared scallops and asparagus, potato soup, and Sauvignon Blanc, we touched upon all the reasons why Paul Newman was rather amazing.  

He was married to Joann Woodward for 50 years.
Since 1982, he and his family have raised $330 million for various charities through the food company Newman's Own.
His objections to the Vietnam War earned him the rank of number 19 on Richard Nixon's "Enemy's List."
In 1988, he started the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children.
He donated $10 million to Kenyon College.
He was a supporter of gay marriage.
He was an award winning race car driver.

So by the time we ate the last of the vanilla ice cream with lemon-thyme sauce, we had come to a conclusion.  If you are thinking of taking a chance, following your heart, speaking your mind, or donating your time, you should ask yourself, "What would Paul do?"  Then do it.

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