Paul Newman and the Ice Cream Cone

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

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!!

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Liz Moras Migic
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Wow - I actually LOLOLOLED that one........so not the response I expected!  Very nice..:-)

Oct 03, 2008 11:23 AM #1
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Liz... I thought it was really a cute ending, too... and I could so understand the reaction.

Oct 03, 2008 02:17 PM #2
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Lory Berger

It was An Ice recam Parlour in Toronto, and it happened to my sister in law.

Oct 11, 2008 02:35 PM #3
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Seriously, Lory??  I tried to verify this story online, and it just kept coming up "urban legend"... can you add any details?

Oct 12, 2008 02:25 AM #4
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Alan...

I wish it had been confirmed as true. This is a great story!

Oct 12, 2008 02:30 AM #5
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Steve Loynd
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Alan.. That is just one of the reasons I don't carry a purse :) and I can't find one to match my logging boots. We Will all miss Paul, the reason the story works is it is easy to see it happen he had no big ego, and you could picture him sitting with coffee and a dough-nut. I like the story true or not, thanks . Steve

Oct 12, 2008 02:40 AM #6
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Richard, Steve... this story has made the rounds many many times... sometimes it's in a small town, where Paul was filming... sometimes it's attached to a specific film.

According to snopes, sometimes it's attributed to Robert Redford, Ben Affleck even Jack Nicholson (although I don't think it fits Jack's personality)...

and as one of their possibilities, one time it happened at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, with a dreamsicle.  so Lory could be right... I'd love to be able to be the one to "confirm" this story... wouldn't that be cool.

Oct 12, 2008 02:54 AM #7
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Mary Strang
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That is a very sweet story, thanks for sharing it.

Oct 12, 2008 03:04 AM #8
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thanks Mary... I enjoyed it too.

Oct 12, 2008 05:42 AM #9
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Jon Wnoroski
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Urban legend or not I can see that happen.  How often do we find ourselves in the company of celebrities.. lol

Oct 12, 2008 11:01 AM #10
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it's hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman's Own line--high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes... very smart.

Oct 16, 2008 04:01 PM #11
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movie dude - I once heard Paul Newman interviewed, and the interviewer said something similar about the charitable nature of Paul's work, and how much money and how much good the "Newman's Own" brand had done by donating not some but ALL of their profits.

And Paul responded by saying "you know, I'm as charitable as the next guy... but if I'd had any idea, how much money Newman's Own would come to be worth... How much profit it would make... I would have held back 10%, 20% - SOMEthing!!"

He was laughing about it... half-joking... but I think he was only HALF joking!

Oct 17, 2008 12:43 AM #12
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panhandler

No doubt it's an urban legend.  No matter how excited or jittery one might be, they can't possibly go to the extent of putting an ice cream cone into their purse and not realise immediately what they've done.

Oct 20, 2008 03:27 PM #13
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Bob Cumiskey
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Alan, that was really funny.  Urban legend or not, it made my morning.  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 21, 2008 12:18 AM #14
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Aw, I really wanted the story to be true. Especially because it "featured" Paul Newman.

He's gone now and the world is not a better place because of that fact.

Oct 22, 2010 07:10 PM #16
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Panhandler - Oh, I don't know, you'd be surprised what you can do when you're flummoxed

Bob - I know, I enjoyed it too.

Jon - agreed.

Oct 23, 2010 02:44 AM #17
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FYI... This is a true story. It was in Westport Connecticut at the Haagen Dazs. It was early Friday evening, there were two cones in the purse and the star-struck young lady was me, a nanny in New Canaan at the time, with my charge. As the little doorbell rang and I looked up, Paul was coming in when the clerk handed me my change and ice cream cones. Yes! I was beyond starstruck! I had a 2.5 yrs old at my side and Paul Newman grinning at me as I walked past him, out the door and proceeded to start buckling my charge into his car seat when I realized I was missing the ice cream. Thinking--I left the cones in the cone holder on top of the counter, my charge and went back inside the store, glancing at a grinning Paul standing there looking at me, I noticed there were no cones in the cone holder and quite exasperated, was about to ask the clerk when Paul, who was now standing right in front of me said "Why don't you check your purse?" My heart leaped in my chest, I am sure I was as red as red gets and I looked in my purse-confirming I had indeed put two ice cream cones in my purse. More embarrassed than I have ever been, I could do nothing but mumble "thank you" and turn tail with a very unhappy toddler followed by Paul asking if he could buy us another as I hurried to the car and left. There were several customers in the store and two clerks. I imagine through the years this story has been passed from person to person and claimed by many. This happened in early 1991 approx. before the Internet and through the years I have told this story many times, always with the reaction of wonderment and awww. I am not surprised that others have claimed it to be their story over the years. It is an amazing story to live. I am only looking to set the record straight. No matter what Snopes says, I know this to be a true story, as it is my story.

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Inna Ivchenko
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Ice cream is all of us fav dessert. At any period of time, 87 percent of Americans have ice cream in their freezer.

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