Paul Newman spoke those words in the classic, “Cool Hand Luke.” “Luke” wasn’t my favorite Newman film; not with his classics like “The Hustler,” The Sting,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and of course, “Slap Shot.” While his role as “celluloid hero” offers immortality, “Newman’s Own” is his real gift to many.

That 1982 venture with neighbor and writer A.E. Hotchner has grown to a huge charitable enterprise, and donates ALL of its profits to charities. As of 2007, those donated profits totaled $175 million.

Yesterday I asked the mother of my children about the “Newman’s Own” coffee she was sipping. “It’s delicious.” We went on to chat a bit more about his products and charitable mission. “I think he’s going to die soon,” I said.

“You know, when I was a kid,
I always thought I’d grow up to be a hero.”
– Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy