State College native Fred Lynn maintains extensive files of his involvement with and passion for Penn State, which began more than 40 years ago.
After working in Indiana for many years, Lynn in 1984 arranged for his employer, Magnavox, to donate $60,000 worth of equipment to Penn State. University President Bryce Jordan and Coach Joe Paterno each wrote him personal letters of thanks. JoePa included a signed photograph for him to show his friends in South Bend, where the Lynns often traveled to see the Lions play Notre Dame.
As a Penn State Altoona student in the early 1960s, Lynn served as Student Government Association president. In 1997, he donated his memorabilia of his college years to begin the development of the Penn State Altoona archives and received a personal thank-you from the campus CEO.
When he returned to the area in 1995, he built a home specifically so he could see Beaver Stadium from the front of the house and Mount Nittany from the back. He and his wife decorated the guest room completely in blue and white and display Penn State memorabilia in two other rooms.
Lynn also works as a door guard at the Jordan Center on football Saturdays, providing cheerleaders with hand warmers and Penn State game slogan buttons. Lynn entered the slogan contest this year, and his slogan will be displayed on Oregon State gameday buttons.
“Although I am also an alum of Purdue and Indiana Universities, I am first and foremost possessed as a proud and crazy Penn State fan,” he said.