This story was just presented to me as a true story.
A Michigan woman and her family were vacationing in a small New England village where Paul Newman and his family were known to frequent.
One Sunday morning, the woman got up early and she decided to take a long walk. After a brisk five-mile walk, she decided to treat herself to a double-dip chocolate ice cream cone. She hopped in the car, drove to the center of the village and went straight to the combination bakery/ice cream parlor.
There was only one other patron in the store: Paul Newman, sitting at the counter having a dough-nut and coffee.
The woman's heart skipped a beat as her eyes made contact with those famous baby-blue eyes. The actor nodded graciously and the star struck woman smiled demurely.
Pull yourself together, she chided herself, You're a happily married woman with three children. You're forty-five years old, you're not some giggling teenager. Get a grip!
The clerk filled her order and she gathered up her change, leaving the store quickly not even daring to glance in Paul Newman's direction as she left. When she reached her car, she suddenly realized that she had a handful of change, but her other hand was empty. What had she done with her ice cream? Was she so star-struck by seeing Paul Newman that she had left the clerk holding her cone, or left it in the stand on the counter? How embarrassing!
Back into the shop she went, expecting to see the clerk holding her cone, smiling at her mistake... but the clerk was nowhere in sight...and the cone was not on the counter. With that, she happened to look over at Paul Newman. His face broke into his familiar, warm, friendly grin and he said quietly to the woman, "You put it in your purse!".
Now, I went to check this story out on Snopes... and it turns out it's just an urban legend... so let's call it "author unknown" but I thought it was cute enough to share anyway!!