October 17th, 2013 Sue Paterno signed the Petition for her husband Joe Paterno!!!
October 3rd, 2013 Andrew Pitz #40 signed the Petition for Joe Paterno!
September 12th, 2013 O.J. McDuffie signed the Petition for Joe Paterno!
January 24th, 2012 Scott Lefko #58 Became the first PSU player to sign the Petition for Joe Paterno!
Added a New page for Nittany Lions who have signed the Petition!
Paul Levine Class of 1969 - Daily Collegian Editor-in-Chief 68-69 and 2003 Distinguished Alumnus signed the Petition for Joe Paterno!
Check out Paul's Link on the Signer's Business Link Page. He is a Writer!
Paterno Photo Gallery is now active:
We have 4 Black & White Galleries.
We have 6 Best of Joe Galleries.
We have 3 Sue Paterno Galleries.
Jay Paterno Gallery 1 Just Added!
Paterno Library page has now been added to the website.
33 Video Clips of Joe Paterno are now online in the Paterno Video Gallery.
Invitation Only Red Carpet Debut on December 27th, 2013 in State College
Blake Tobias and Jay Paterno at The 2012 Blue/White Game.
62,000 HAVE SIGNED THE ONLINE PETITION! WE ARE...
Mohrsville PA, October 24th, 2013: Many are aware that we have decided to keep the online petition open for more people to sign. Since Sue Paterno has signed the petition and is in full support of this great effort we have had a moderate increase in the number of signatures over the course of the past few weeks. Being in true Penn State fashion it is important to let those who might have been hesitant about signing because they felt that maybe Joe Paterno would have never asked for such an honor after his passing.
Truth be told, what man would ask for a field to be named in his honor, none that I can think of, and most definitely it would not be Joe Paterno, but remember this is what the fans want to see happen, this is what many Penn State Alumni want to see happen, likewise former Letterman, Coaches, current players, and some of our newest Board of Trustee Members. This is our gift of Honor and Dignity to a man who has blessed us with over 61 years of giving, and never once has he asked for anything in return, and much like Joe Paterno, we the faithful 62,000 plus aren't asking for anything, we are simply going to give this Honor to Joe Paterno for all that he has done, and to remember it forever and ever.
If Sue Paterno signed and supports this cause, and she feels strongly about this becoming a reality, then who are you to question what Joe wouldn't have wanted. I think this great lady who was married to Joe Pa for all those years knows Joe Paterno much better than anyone else, and I think we owe it to Sue Paterno, and the rest of the Paterno Family to make sure this happens. Strike that, this will happen, mark my words! Spread the word, lets go for a White Out in Happy Valley for Joe!
61,000 HAVE SIGNED THE ONLINE PETITION! TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE!
Mohrsville PA, October 19th, 2013:
SUE PATERNO HAS SIGNED THE ONLINE PETITION!
Mohrsville PA, October 17th, 2013: When my Mother asked me on the afternoon of January 23rd, 2012 if I have a clear idea of what I was going to undertake I said without hesitation, “yes”, I knew that this was the time to start a petition and push to have the field at Beaver Stadium named after the one man who graced its sidelines for over 61 years. There could be many things to be named in honor of Joe Paterno, and to this day I tell people that come up with a different idea, well, maybe that will happen someday as well, but this is what I came up with and to me what makes the most sense out of any idea as the best way to show honor and dignity to a man who showed that to us during his years in Happy Valley.
The petition took off like ‘John Cappelletti’ charging down the field on his way to rush for one of his many multiple touchdown games that he recorded in 1973. The first day 1,478 people signed the petition, actually that was the first afternoon and evening, followed by 7,752 signers the on January 24th. On January 25th, 11,145 signers had joined the game, and yet again the following day on January 26th, 13,846 more added to the total, and you I’m sure get the picture (CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE)
I would like to take a few moments and personally thank some very special individuals who have been with me since day one of when I started this petition. The amount of personal time and dedication to making sure that we garner the goal of 61,000 signatures is due large in part to these few standouts, some of whom are my family, and some of whom are now considered by me to be part of my family. These are the people who will be with me hand in hand the day that our 61,000 signatures get presented to the PSU Board of Trustees, and they will also be with me at the first "Official" game to be held at Paterno Field at Beaver Stadium..
Carol Zacher, whom I met online when I started this petition, and who remained with me all the way until the last person signed, and who remains united with me today in our quest to honor Joe Paterno. Carol and I finally met in person at the 2012 Blue/White game, where thanks to her Son, we had a motor home to set up our tables, collect signatures, and of course be a part of the PSU crowd of tailgaters. Carol was also busy at home where she collected almost 1,000 signatures in her home town and sent them to me a pile at a time in the mail, talk about going the extra mile! Thank you so much Carol, I could have not done this without you and all of your support, to me you're a just like a second mother, and part of my family.
Art Greenwald, whom I also met online, and who lives in Florida logged many months and endless hours spreading the word to have people sign the petition. Florida it turns out became one of the higher state counts with signatures, and I owe that to Art. He was always there for me, fielding my phone calls when times were tough at 2am and giving me the words of support that I needed to keep the faith. Thank you Art, you are a shinning light of what great people that The Penn State University has produced, and I'm proud to have you as a dear friend.
Blake Tobias Jr., what can I say about my Son, he spent countless hours on the phone calling every news agency in the United States, and I mean it. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, BIG TEN, COMCAST, and a ton of online and sold as print newspaper publications. He would come home from school and go right to work, in his room making calls and lining up interviews, for TV, or on the radio, or internet. I can honestly say Blake put our petition word out to people across the country like no one else. I might have done the interviews, but he did the leg work and deserves some major credit. Thank you Blake for all that you did for the petition.
Wendy Tobias, my wife who has so much on her plate took time that she really didn't have to help give me the resources that I needed to set up the signing event at the Blue/White game in 2012. She put together the printed pages needed, combined with purchasing clipboards, pens, portable tables, and chairs so that we could work toward finishing the goal of collecting 61,000 signatures. She flagged down non other than Jay Paterno, who signed the petition, and then while waiting for her to take a photo of Jay and I together joked and said, "I'm glad she isn't in charge of saving some bodies life", because it took her a few minutes to get the camera ready to say cheese. Wendy spent the day walking around to many tailgating areas and collected a large amount of signatures. Thank you so much, I love you more then words can say.
Damie Larson, who is married to one of my childhood best friends. Damie pushed me to find a way to make the petition official on the first day that I had started it on facebook. I took her words to heart and did some research and set the petition up online through Change.org. Thank you Damie, if I would have waited to make an official petition for everyone to sign we could have ended up loosing 1,000's of signatures because people thought just by signing on facebook would be enough. This is why we have the 61,000 signatures with Change.org, online, which is documented and will be presented when the time is right.
Finally, Thank you to everyone that helped spread the word, the links, gathering signatures, being a part of what will one day become History. This is for the Honor and Dignity that Joe Paterno gave to Penn State for 61 years, and that is why no other school can say: WE ARE.....
Penn State, February 8th, 2013: The following download is a letter to all Penn State Letterman from Sue Paterno detailing just how wrong things were handled over a year ago at Penn State. I encourage all of you to read the letter, as it is well written, thought out and delivers the message that we are not going away until all the wrongs are put right. You can download a copy of the original letter below by using either link provided, using Word format, or Adobe PDF format.
Penn State, February 9th, 2013: The King and Spalding Critique of The Freeh Report:
"The Rush to Injustice Regarding Joe Paterno"
Can be downloaded below using Adobe PDF format. This is the complete report.
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