Trib sports writer Joe Starkey devoted his column yesterday to talking to Dave Hanson, general manager of the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center and one of the Hanson brothers from the 1977 comedy classic "Slap Shot." Hanson talks about his new book, the latest "Slap Shot" sequel, and of course, working with the late, great Paul Newman:
Like so many people, Hanson recalled Newman as a down-to-earth, decent man. Newman threw a cast party at his Beverly Hills home after "Slap Shot" came out and later offered to throw one for Hanson and his wife, Sue, a Nanty Glo native, on the way to their honeymoon in Hawaii. The couple declined, but accepted Newman's invite to join him and his actress wife, Joanne Woodward, at a Detroit auto race in the mid-1990's.
To this day, when people ask Hanson about "Slap Shot," they want to know what it was like to work with Newman, who was 52 at the time and a pretty decent skater.
"I always say, 'Well, you're asking it wrong,' " Hanson said, laughing. "It should be, 'How did Paul Newman feel about working with us?' " (link)
Congratulations, Dave. And Mr. Newman, you will be missed.