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At the Age of 103, Looking Back for WPSU’s “Story Corps”

In 1936, a huge flood hit Clearfield, Pa. Ray Walker ’35, a recent graduate at the time and the founder of the Bradford Coal Company, lived nearby and rescued people who were impacted by the flood with the help of a rowboat. Now 103, Walker recently sat down to discuss those memories and others with his son, C. Alan Walker ’68g, for WPSU’s Story Corps project. The pair also talked about Ray’s career in the coal business and how he began working with coal as a student.

If you’d like to listen to listen to the discussion between the Walkers, along with the rest of the fascinating stories from WPSU’s Story Corps, head here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

October 21, 2015 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

George Etzweiler Won’t Stop Running

GQ published a short-but-remarkable feature on alumnus George Etzweiler, a former engineering professor who still resides in State College. Now 95 years old, Etzweiler ’49 is a runner who has covered more than 10,000 miles in his life. He ran the New York Marathon for the first and only time when he was 67, and says he now runs five miles up and down a mountain three times a week.

Here’s what Etzweiler had to say about how long he plans on running:

I won’t stop until I’m forced to. My plans are to run Mount Washington when I’m 100, and drop dead when I cross the finish line. I figured that’d be a nice age to die at, and a nice place to die.

You can read more on Etzweiler—including his daily diet, and what goes through his mind when he runs—right here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 15, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 comment

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