September 27, 2008

Rubber Face

It’s a joke in our family. TGOO has a rubber face. Throughout his life, women have told him he looks like certain people.

In his 30s it was Paul Newman. He also heard from someone Robert Redford. Two men could not look more different, but TGOO has been cast as a look alike for both.

In his late 40s and early 50s, I thought he looked like Johnny Carson. Even Morrigan will say, “Yup, Johnny Carson.”

Now? Well… someone saw a picture of him at a wedding in his seersucker suit and asked who the Sean Connery look alike was.

We love to laugh about that. Laugh, but see the truth.

But mostly, I grew up hearing my Dad looked like Paul Newman. TGOO of the lean build, crazy blue eyes, and angular face.

It’s odd to think that Mr. Newman is gone. He was a household name… and it bothers me. It is really bugging me… and I didn’t even know him.

And really, how funny, to be a man and through life you age from Paul Newman, Johnny Carson to Sean Connery. Life certainly could be tougher than that!

Posted by Boudicca at September 27, 2008 07:52 PM | TrackBack

I loved Newman.

How Hollywood has devolved since him is shameful. He thought of it as rubbish and cared more about helping children, and the world...and, hello? Married for 50 years? Race-car driving, pool playing, charity, salad dressing...he was a man of true civilian valor.

It really bugs me, too, that he's gone...I feel like I'm unable to reconcile with it.


Posted by: Erica at September 27, 2008 08:12 PM

"shakin the bush boss, shakin the bush"

Posted by: Morrigan at September 27, 2008 10:42 PM

My favorite line. I also liked "What we have heah is a failure to communicate."

Posted by: Angus of South Uist at September 28, 2008 09:18 AM

I wonder if we were the only family that had perpetual quotations of Cool Hand Luke in the household.

Posted by: Bou at September 28, 2008 11:43 AM

Bou .... I can answer that one! Nope :) The "failure to communicate" line - my husband uses that one on the kids quite a lot.

Posted by: PeggyU at September 28, 2008 12:06 PM