It was a great story, very flattering and I certainly want to say thanks.
JOSEPH V. PATERNO
Head Football Coach
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pa.
Your article on Penn State worked wonders. Coach Joe Paterno said at the last Quarterback Club meeting that, because of your article, an alumnus has doubled his usual annual gift to the university. His contribution is to the Library Fund.
Would you please mention the following:
1) Joe has a mortgage he'd like to reduce.
2) The university is looking for money to create a Faculty Club.
You may mention these while reporting the fact that Penn State's football team is No. 1.
HAROLD K. WILLIAMS
William Johnson's article on the Ohio State Buckeyes' return to glory (Something to Shout About, Nov. 11) was flattering and enjoyable, but it seems he has done us an injustice. He refers to our Stadium as a "dreary old hulk," a description I must disagree with. True, it was built in 1922 (which may make it old) and it can hold more than 84,000 people (which may make it a hulk), but dreary? May I say that the reactions of the thousands of fans to the results on the field take away any notion of dreariness our Stadium may have.
One more thing: The Stadium (with a capital T as well as a capital S) is also a dormitory for 370 men on scholarship. The men' who reside here are spirited, talented, athletic and the possessors of the highest combined academic average (3.0) on campus. We call The Stadium home long after the football season is over, and we'd like our home to get the respect it deserves.
I nominate John Bower of Auburn, Me. for Sportsman of the Year. His Nordic-combined victory in the Holmenkollen championships in Norway was, I believe, one of the most outstanding and one of the most unpublicized athletic breakthroughs of the past year.
As you know, this is the world championship meet for cross-country skiing and jumping, and in Scandinavia it commands more respect than any other athletic contest. As you also know, it is unheard of for an American to do well in the Nordic events, which are normally monopolized by the Scandinavians, Eastern Europeans arid Russians.