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Mike the Mailman: My Special Delivery Tribute to Joe Paterno

by on March 27, 2012 6:00 AM

As you know, there have been, and continue to be, tributes in honor of the recently passed football coach, Joe Paterno.

One of the most recent tributes that I attended (twice) was the documentary film, "The Joe We Know," a one-hour film about Joe's "Grand Experiment."

It is recalled through interviews with his former players. I felt that it was a very interesting, quite moving and well-done documentary. Hopefully, if you haven't already seen it, the State Theatre will show it again soon.

In continuing with the tributes, I am going to offer to everyone an UNOFFICIAL official postal pictorial post mark from the University Park post office, home of your Penn State Nittany Lions.

This post mark will have an image of JoePa with the following: JoePA 14094 US. Typical post marks have the town/post office it is from and the date. So this one, in a sense, stands for Joe, PA 14094. (Technically that zip code is for Lockport, N.Y., but I'm hoping they'll let us borrow it for a bit). What this postmark means to me is: JoePA 'won' 409 games 'for' 'us'.

If you would like to collect this, please feel free to stop by my "office" or for you out-of-Happy-Valley fans, feel free to mail me the following:
Send me an envelope addressed to:
Mike the Mailman
University Park Post Office
54 McAllister Building
University Park, PA

In this envelope, please enclose two additional self-addressed and stamped envelopes. I will then, in my free time at home, stamp this special tribute post mark on one of those envelopes, enclose it in the other envelope and mail it back to you.

Another topic of recent discussion between the College Township and the State College Borough have addressed is the over 7,000-signature petition that is requesting that Park Avenue be re-named Paterno Way. We have to remember that anything like this will take time to review, vote on, implement, etc.

Another suggestion I heard about, and really like, was from a PSU graduate (graduated in the late '60s), who has suggested that we take Curtin Road, in between University Drive and Porter Road, and rename that to Paterno Way.

This idea also suggests that above the team entrance into Beaver Stadium, the 'address' could read: 409 Paterno Way, the number of wins that this legendary coach won with this university's football team.

A couple of years ago, another Penn State alumni suggested that the field at Beaver Stadium be named in honor of JoePa: Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium. Again, all of these suggestions take time to review and debate and decide on, so I've taken it upon myself to present my own tribute to Coach Joe.

This will be available to everyone as soon as later this week (hopefully), since I keep revising it because I want this to be First Class all the way!
I still encourage everyone to keep brainstorming creative ideas and reflective ways to honor our beloved Joe Paterno, his family and his legacy.

Mike (The Mailman) Herr gives his stamp of approval to all visitors Monday through Friday at the University Park post office in the ground floor of McAllister Building, adjacent to the HUB. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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