The weekend got off to a great start on Friday with Freehdom Fighter Eileen Morgan's full page adverstisement in the CDT hitting the streets early on Friday morning. Eileen also made an appearance at the tailgate on Saturday morning and worked her charm to get a camera crew from a Hazleton, PA news station to come by and give us some air time.
SMSSS enlisted the help of PSU Prof Spencer Niles and his student recruits, led by Senior Kevin Berkon, who handed out nearly 1,000 FramingPaterno tee shirts at the football even celebration. For those of you who don't know about Kevin, he is one of the students who guarded the Paterno Statue and is also a criminal justice major. It goes without saying, Kevin knows more about law enforcement than a certain former FBI director.
Saturday morning brought the "big push" for SMSSS/Framing Paterno and the petition drive was in full swing with Freehdom Fighter Bill Porter stopping by to check our progress. By the end of the day, the tally was 188 for repealing the NCAA Santions (opposing the BOT) and 0 for Moving On (supporting the BOT). You can see below that some students really do want to go to a bowl game and have the PSU experience that most of us had.
Unfortunately, some things did not go off as planned. Kevin Slaten was not able to make it by the tailgate, nor did Walter Uhler. Many Kevin fans dropped by and hung around all day waiting to see him, including a set of twins, Cheryl Fleagle and Sandy Lane, who became fast friends with superwoman Debbie Rider, who did our banner and t-shirts (and also happens to be my better half). Also, note the gentleman in the "We Are Pissed Off" shirt -- the second most popular shirt of the day, behind "F__k Emmert."
op-ed in the Sunday paper. My initial response to the "moving on" poster campaign is when you see the sign, "JUST WALK ON BY." That is, boycott those businesses.
Sunday was a big filming day for John, as he was at the Hilton meeting a number of people including former special teams standout long-snapper from 2008, Andrew Pitz and former PSU great, and NFL Hall of Famer, Franco Harris. I had the opportunity to talk with both of these men and came away extremely impressed at their dedication to the truth. Debbie and I spent two hours with Franco and his wife, Dana, talking about all things related to the scandal and how we need to unify the effort and make it known to the current BOT just how strong WE ARE.
All in all, an absolutely wonderful weekend, with the great experience of meeting our tremendously gracious and generous supporters - who came from near and far (including California) and offered nothing but kind words and encouragement to our cause.
With the support that we have, I am extremely confident TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.
John Ziegler JoePa Franco Harris
409 Wins T Shirt
JoePa Hanging Out in Franco's suite
JVP Field at Beaver Stadium
More JoePa Banners at the Tailgates
The No Corbett Zone
OUST ERICKSON - TRUSTEES
WHERE THE STATUE STOOD
WE STAND WHERE JOE STOOD