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Happy Birthday Joe Paterno

Our legendary former coach turns 85 today. A lot has changed since JoePa celebrated his last birthday, and we hope he is surrounded by family and friends on this special day.

There have been several initiatives recently to help make this birthday a special one for Coach. Nearly 400 former players, spanning from all six decades in which he coached, signed a letter called “In Support of JoePa” that will be delivered to him today. Several Facebook events have popped up recently, encouraging people to flood his mailbox with birthday cards. I was at the State College post office yesterday and overheard one of the workers comment that Paterno had received “several trays” of letters just that day.

It was reported that Paterno returned home from the hospital on Sunday after breaking his pelvis the week before. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery and a very happy birthday.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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