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John David Mann

Butch and Hotch: Wanted, for Good Works

A Conversation with A.E. Hotchner, co-founder of Newman's Own and co-author with Paul Newman of Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good

By John David Mann

There are probably no two people in America who have done more to “move the heart of business” than Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner. In 1980, the two long-time friends launched a homespun business, almost as a lark, marketing Paul’s homemade salad dressing through a few local stores. A quarter-century later, the Newman’s Own natural-foods juggernaut has changed the face of American philanthropy. They have given away over $150 million of the company’s profits (that’s 100 percent) to a host of charities and garnered widespread recognition for their good works—including an honorary Oscar® for Newman in recognition of his charity work. Their camp for children with life-threatening diseases, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, has inspired a string of parallel ventures around the world. Newman’s partner “Hotch,” a journalist, novelist and playwright best known for Papa Hemingway, his biography of long-time pal Ernest Hemingway, talks with Networking Times about their Newman’s Own adventures and about commitment and risk.
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