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Chin Up, Shoulders Back

Dear Joe and Sue,

We are writing to tell you that the people who love you have very long memories.

When we look back over the years, we do not see a mountain of Paterno kindnesses and accomplishments. We see entire mountain ranges of Paterno kindnesses and accomplishments.

Each mountain has a name. Family Values. Honorable Children and Grandchildren. Loyal Friends. Principled Conduct. Tireless Community Service. Two Lifetimes Of Charitable Giving. Uncounted Secret Kindnesses, Small and Large.

Models for Thousands of Football Coaches. Examples For Tens of Thousands of Players In Many Sports Besides Football. The Creation of the Penn State Brand All Over The World.

These kindnesses and accomplishments cannot and will not be erased by the events of the past week.

All the people who love you must now ask themselves two questions: Who are we? And what do we stand for? When we answer those questions, we must put our chins up, throw our shoulders back, and act like the people you have tried to help us become.

The young men on your football team did not expect these challenges but they can rise to meet these challenges. On the coming Saturdays, with the model of your leadership, they can show us who they are and what they stand for.

Keep your chin up. Throw your shoulders back. Our prayers are with you.

Paul and Maralyn Mazza, both in their 80s, founded the South Hills School of Business and Technology, and are among the oldest members of the State College community and are probably known by more local residents than any other couple in the Nittany Valley, excepting the Paternos themselves.

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