JoePa Knows His Classics

aeneasIn a recent Forbes interview, Penn State legend Joe Paterno discussed power, ambition, and glory within the confines of ancient classics. It seems like JoePa has a pretty good understanding of literature and history, something you don’t see in a lot of NCAA Football coaches (certainly not the brutes over at Ohio State, am I right?).

Forbes: Tell us about a time when lessons learned from the ancients contributed to your success.

Paterno: I’ve always admired the way Aeneas stood tall in the face of adversity knowing he had a destiny. I have tried to let that help guide me.

He even knows about the Aeneid! What a surprise! Perhaps he would be interested in teaching CAMS 045 for a semester.

Later on in the interview, JoePa reveals his “secret ambition”:

To be a good father and grandfather.

It’s just fantastic that Forbes got JoePa to reveal this deep, dark secret. It must be tough coming to grips with publically announcing that you want to be a good father and grandfather. But shhhhhhh… don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret!

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Evan Kalikow

Evan Kalikow co-founded Onward State in November 2008 with Davis Shaver and Eli Glazier. Having previously served as a Writer, Editor, Standards Editor, and Community Manager, Evan is now a proud alumnus of both Onward State and Penn State. He was also named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine in 2006.


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