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September 30, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Paul Newman

We’ll miss you, Paul

I was quite sad to hear about the passing of actor Paul Newman this past weekend [“Known for his roles as blue-eyed rogues,” News, Sept. 28]. He was one of the greatest actors of all time and, in my opinion, none of today’s actors even come close to his talent level.

Not only was he a great actor, but a great person as well. I know this for a fact, because I had a personal encounter with him. I was a screenwriting student at the University of Washington back in 1999. My professor was the legendary Stewart Stern, screenwriter of such famous movies as “Rebel Without a Cause” and “The Ugly American.” Newman was one of his closest friends, and one day the class was surprised with a special guest — it was Newman, himself.

He was just awesome. Newman spent the entire hour with us. He spoke for a while, answered all of our questions and even signed autographs after class. It was a moment I’ll never forget.

I had only seen a couple of his movies before that, but in the following weeks I watched every one of his movies. He should have won more than just one Oscar. We’ll miss you, Mr. Newman.

— Murat Danishek, Mountlake Terrace

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