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Friday, February 26, 2010

Butch and Sundance

If you're going to be biking across Wyoming this summer you should watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

This is a classic film from the 70s with Paul Newman's twinkling blue eyes and Robert Redford's rugged good looks.

We watched it with Alex a few weeks ago and we got into the classic discussion - who's better looking, Paul Newman or Robert Redford? And does it really matter when you can watch the two of them riding their horses across this manly Western landscape?

It seems like every small town we'll be visiting on our bike trip has some story to share about Butch Cassidy and his Hole-in-the-Wall gang.

This was Robert Redford's first big film  and inspired the name for his ranch, Sundance, and the film festival he founded, the Sundance film festival.


So much fun to see these wonderful actors in their youth. But they both are so much more than pretty faces...

Paul Newman, nominated for 10 academy awards, may be most famous now for his Newman's Own brand of natural foods. All of the profits - more than $280 million have been donated to charity. And tasty? Well, Tom now uses Newman's own in his famous spaghetti sauce and my kitty, Stubby, snarfs down his Newman's Own cat food.







Robert Redford, my favorite, was also a Hollywood heartthrob for years. In fact, in my lab the incredibly sweet dessert the techs bring to work is called "Better than Robert Redford".





Much like me, Robert Redford believes in land preservation. In 1960 he spent his last $500 on 2 acres of land in Utah - 2 acres that later expanded to the 3,000 acre Sundance preserve.

So he protects 3,000 acres in spectacular Utah and we do 33 acres in scenic Indiana. We are kindred spirits.

Watch the movie. Enjoy the scenery.

And pay special attention to my favorite - the bicycle scene...
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