Paul Newman died in 2008.
But the actor/philanthropist/race car driver lives on in many Westporters’ memories.
Next fall, he’ll live on in a memoir. And it began right here, in the town he lived in and loved for 50 years.
According to the New York Times, he was frustrated by unauthorized biographies and other stories. So he recorded his own oral history.
But the transcripts were “forgotten in the basement laundry room” of his home.
Newman’s family will turn the transcripts into a book. Knopf will publish it next fall.
He spoke about “his difficult relationship with his parents, as well as his troubles with drinking, his shortcomings as a husband in his first marriage, and his flaws as a parent. It is candid about his sorrow when his son, Scott, died of a drug and alcohol overdose at 28.”
Click here for the full Times story. (Hat tips: Johanna Rossi and Fred Cantor)
The Westport-Weston YMCA Water Rats are a great swim program.
They’re also much more.
This Saturday (November 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), they host their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, to benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
Food will be collected in the Y’s drop-off/pick-up circle. Just pop your trunk. the Water Rat swimmers will happily collect donations.
Needed items include cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, gravy, canned green beans, canned corn, canned peas, soup, canned sweet potatoes, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, canned chicken, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, dry cereal, powdered drink mix, coffee, sugar, powdered creamer and frozen turkeys.
Local to Market — the new curated shop in the old Talbot’s/Remarkable Book Shop at the Main Street/Parker Harding Plaza patio — introduces some exciting Connecticut-based vendors this Saturday (2 to 5 p.m.).
Shoppers are invited to meet the founders of some cool brands. They’ll tell their founding stories, and showcase their products.
There’s music too, plus works from the Westport Artists Collective.
Among the brands:
- Cloud Lane Bakery
- Nitnoi Provisions
- Ivy Gourmet Granola
- Alma Mexican Foods
- Wise Guy Sauce
- Stylish Spoon
- The Bites Company
- Wonderland Jam
Also this weekend: The Westport Woman’s Club‘s annual Clothing Tag Sale.
It starts tomorrow (Friday, November 5) and continues Saturday (both days, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Sunday hours are noon to 3 p.m.
Among the items on sale inside the clubhouse (44 Imperial Avenue): clothing at great prices for men, women and children, plus shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves, hats and more.
Funds raised support the Woman’s Club many philanthropic efforts.
Did these guys pose for today’s “Westport … Naturally” shot?
No. But it sure looks like they did.
And finally … Ronnie Wilson, a founding member of The Gap Band — has died. He was 73.
NPR says the group’s” distinctive electro-funk style (defined the 1980s’) increasingly synth-heavy R&B sound.” Click here for a full obituary.