Over the holidays his freshman year, my younger brother Ben came home from college and shared with the family his favorite new maxim. It was originally said by John F. Kennedy in reference to something about Washington, D.C., where Ben was in school.
“All the charm of the North. All the efficiency of the South.”
He saw it as the perfect description for our hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, which falls one degree South of the imaginary latitudinal line drafted by surveyors Mason and Dixon. Since that time, it has become apparent that there is something of a cultural melting pot through the midsection of the country, particularly in the East and middle West. More »
“New York, I love you, but you’re bringing me down.”
When we still called dear New York home, over any pitiful laments while meeting up for a drink, my oldest and dearest friend, Blake Royer, would soft-launch into the chorus of the closing track on LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver. I’ll always fondly recall his wavering pitch, in attempt to match singer-songwriter James Murphy’s. More »
“Me in this business is just part of life’s great folly. Stay loose, men, keep ‘em off balance.”
- Paul Newman
“There are three rules for running a business; fortunately we don’t know any of them.”
- A.E. Hotchner
Recently at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, several celebrities gathered for an annual benefit meant to raise money for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps which were built to provide a camp experience to kids with terminal diseases. Started in 1988 in Ashford, Connecticut by Newman’s Own partners, the writer A.E. Hotchner and the actor Paul Newman, over the years, the camps’ benefit has seen performances from everyone from Kevin Kline to Meryl Streep, Big Bird to Baryshnikov. “What we had in mind was a kind of revue entertainment, using a few of the children along with Hollywood and Broadway stars” said Hotch in his book In Pursuit of the Common Good.
A.E. Hotchner and Paul Newman
Hearing this news, I leapt with excitement. In the past couple weeks, I re-read In Pursuit of the Common Good and Paul & Me, two books penned by fellow St. Louisan, Mr. Hotchner. Alongside his pal, Mr. Newman, the two turned a salad dressing they made as Christmas gifts into a multi-million dollar company, Newman’s Own. Rather than pocketing these funds, the founders and now successors of Newman’s Own famously give “all profits to charity.” Reading these books inspired me to write about the direct impact the charitable efforts of Newman’s Own had on my own life, and to explain how I would like to, in some way, give back, too. More »
Cary Randolph Fuller is hosting a benefit in New York for the people of her hometown, Joplin, Missouri. Please attend and bring donations if you are able. If not, please consider sending a donation to the Red Cross.