Letter to the editor | Paterno cared about kids

July 31, 2013 

Now is the time for the truth to be told!

It was a hot spring day in 1984. I was 14 years old and with my grandfather. I was so excited as I was headed to meet the great Joe Paterno and greats such as Greg Garrity.

It was 100 degrees, so picture day was moved indoors. As we were getting pictures and autographs, I started to get dizzy from the heat. I went outside by myself to get some air. Joe was near the doorway taking pictures with people. After I stepped outside, everything went black and I fell and cracked my head on a steel beam.

First thing I saw when I opened my eyes was Joe standing with a can of Coke telling me to drink it. I was so amazed that out of all the people around, Joe was the first person to me, considering how busy he was with the fans. It was a day I’ll never forget.

For those who say Joe didn’t care about kids, baloney. I’m tired of hearing this as I know better personally. The people who know Joe Paterno personally have been hurt by this. It is time for the truth to be told, and the Board of Trustees to put the statue back where it belongs. We know the truth: The board needed a scapegoat for their missteps.

RIP Joe, we’ll take it from here.

Brian Hassinger

Lewistown

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