Paul's Salad Days
If you've ever dreamed of seeing Paul Newman au naturel, now's your chance. Since the beginning of August a few food stores near Newman's home in southwestern Connecticut have been selling eight-ounce bottles filled with "Newman's own au naturel olive oil and vinegar dressing." Newman, whose likeness adorns the bottle, has been making the stuff for years as a Christmas present, with the help of friend and author A.E. Hotchner. Writes Newman on the back label, "The acclaim was deafening, the repeat orders staggering. This year they chained us to the furnace until we brewed 30 gallons—a prisoner of my own excellence." So Newman and Hotchner found a Massachusetts firm to mass-produce the stuff, which they jokingly bill as "I'huile et le vinaigre des étoiles" (the oil and vinegar of the stars). The product will go national, possibly before Christmas, with Newman donating his profits to charity. In the Connecticut stores where the dressing was introduced—at $1.19 a bottle—it is reportedly outselling all other brands combined.
Senate Minority Leader Robert Byrd is up for reelection, and he's been running scared, according to observers, who say the West Virginian has avoided casting votes in the Senate that could cost him supporters in November. And once even Byrd seemed to admit it. At a press conference in his home state last month, the Senator was asked why he voted against the President's recent tax increases. "Because I don't believe in voting for tax increases in an election year," Byrd blurted. Then he quickly corrected himself—"I mean I don't believe in voting for tax increases during a recession"—but the point was made.
Two newly established British charities, the South Atlantic Fund (which aids the Falkland Islanders) and the Falklands Appeal (which helps survivors of British servicemen who died in the war there) are sponsoring an auction in London of Falklands war memorabilia later this month. Prince Andrew, who served as a navy helicopter pilot in the Falklands, has promised "something personal"—the sponsors are hoping for his flying jacket. Margaret Thatcher has contributed a signed copy of the Falklands surrender document. But the item that is expected to bring the most money is the cocked hat that was presented to Argentine Brig. Gen. Mario Menendez by his country last April; he surrendered to the British two months later. Already an anonymous businessman has offered $8,500 for it—and the sponsors expect to get more. Trouble is, they think at least one Argentine sympathizer will be trying to buy the hat for the general himself.
Visitors to the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester, Mass. can't help but notice that the $13.6 million edifice, which was planned by the Kennedy clan, is practically devoid of references to Jackie. A 30-minute film on the late President treats his widow like a walk-on, and the 18,000 square feet of exhibit space contains only a few remembrances of the former First Lady (there's one hand-written note in which she snootily tells a White House staffer how to arrange flowers in a silver goblet). So in the guest book that visitors sign on the way out, the comments on one recent day included, "What about Mrs. K?" and "Shouldn't his wife get some credit?"
Richard Widmark, interviewed in London, was asked about a Hollywood contemporary. "We have never worked together, but I've known him for a long time," said Widmark, 67, of Ronald Reagan. "He's a nice, affable guy, but I disagree with every one of his policies." Did he vote for Reagan? Horrified, Widmark answered, "Of course not." Pause. "I said I've known him for a long time."
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