So That’s Why Paterno Donated His Glasses
Sure, Joe Paterno has a history of helping good causes, and I imagine that’s why he donated a pair of his glasses to be auctioned off at WPSU’s Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction. But it turns out that there might be another reason: He doesn’t need them anymore.
Paterno and his wife, Sue, were honored Thursday for their work with the Centre County Volunteers in Medicine 2010 Boston Marathon Challenge, and during the event, Paterno mentioned that he had undergone surgery to correct his vision. According to this story from Fight on State, Paterno had been having trouble reading for a few months, and his long-time eye doctor said he could fix the problem completely.
I can’t imagine Paterno without his glasses, and it turns out I’m not the only one. It feels odd to Paterno, too. “When I don’t wear ‘em, and I put on a sweater, I reach to take the glasses off and I don’t have them on,” he said. So he had a pair made with thinner lenses.
If you’re nostalgic for the Coke-bottle lenses, you’ve got until Feb. 17 to bid on the pair he donated. The high bid so far: $5,050.
Lori Shontz, senior editor