The Best Of Your Vintage Penn State Apparel: Part One
Last week, we challenged Nittany Lions of all ages to send us their best vintage Penn State apparel. We were on a mission to see the best T-shirts, hats, buttons, and more — all from different eras of Penn State history.
Margaret Cowen Hickey and John Hickey graduated in 1983 and 1984 respectively. Lucky for them, they got to see Penn State take down Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl, and got some some cool swag along the way. “We road-tripped to the Sugar Bowl in my senior year in a beat up, over-loaded Winnebago. A trip (and game) we’ll never forget!”
Lindsay Oudsema graduated in 2001 and got this shirt from her dad, Jeff Sterling, who graduated in 1969. “I have it now and will wear it until it completely falls apart.”
Nicole Madensky is a current Penn State student graduating in 2017. This Looney Tunes sweatshirt belonged to her dad, who attended Penn State in the 1970s.
Laura Deeter Lavoie graduated in 1990 and got this 1986 Orange Bowl shirt for Christmas during her freshman year. “Many of my college T-shirts have been donated or thrown away, but I just couldn’t part with this one! My 10th grade daughter just wore it last week in an 80s fashion show at her high school in Springfield, Ohio. Too soon after the big upset? I don’t think so!”
Thomas Walter of the class of 2018 got this shirt as a gift from his dad when he decided to go to Penn State.
Pete Crispi of the class of 1990 sent in this sweatshirt, which highlights a debate that’s been going since 1994. “It is referring to the national championship being awarded to Nebraska over Penn State. Without ever playing each other, Nebraska was declared number one because The Rose Bowl wasn’t part of the bowl coalition at the time.”
McKenna Aleksivich will graduate from Penn State Behrend in 2017. As a soccer player, the storied sweatshirt was perfect for her. “My mom got this at a yard sale a really long time ago (I’m thinking at least 15 years ago). She wore it for a while then asked me if I wanted it when she was ready to get rid of it. I did because I thought the vintage look was awesome and I play soccer at Penn State Behrend.”
Jamie Bauman graduated in 2005, but she wasn’t the only one in her family to go graduate from Penn State. Her mom, Jackie McCord-Sweitzer, graduated in 1971 and passed down her blue and yellow Penn State shirt. “It’s a strange color so I just have to be careful who we are playing when I wear it!”
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Students once approved a Wally Triplett statue that Penn State’s bureaucracy prevented from ever coming to fruition.
Rednor is current a junior and the president of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
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