More on ‘The Joe We Know’
One of the interesting things about watching The Joe We Know—the new film in which former football players talk about their relationship with Joe Paterno—is trying to name the players.
The men who appear on screen throughout the hour-long film are not identified. That was a deliberate choice by the producers, according to former tight end Brad Scovill ’81, who introduced the film at the State Theatre last Sunday afternoon. The point was for former players to reflect on their memories of Joe and the ways he’s affected their lives—and thus it doesn’t really matter whether the player speaking was once a star or a third-stringer.
Still, you couldn’t help but try to guess the identities of the faces on the screen. Some, like Franco Harris ’72, Gregg Garrity ’83, and Shane Conlan ’86, were pretty easy to recognize. Others weren’t so well known. One in the latter category was a guy who who got emotional as he talked about his and his wife’s unsuccessful and frustrating quest to have children, and how Paterno’s influence made him determined not to give up. I’ve since learned that the former player is Joe Carlozo ’74. As he explains in the film, his wife eventually becomes pregnant—with triplets. (That revelation provoked a lot of laughter from those in attendance on Sunday.)
I later found out that that Carlozo, who owns a CPA firm outside of Baltimore, does some blogging on occasion. Some weeks back he wrote this post about his role in the film. It’s worth a read.
Meanwhile, 12 more free showings of The Joe We Know have been scheduled—all at the State Theatre on College Avenue, and all in the next week. The schedule is as follows:
Friday, Feb. 24, at 4:00, 7:30, and 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 27, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.
For those who don’t live in State College and/or can’t make it to any of those showings, keep an eye on the Web. A site dedicated to the film is scheduled to go live on March 1 at www.thejoeweknow.org, and it’s possible that other ways to view the production will eventually become available.
Tina Hay, editor