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Inside Our January/February 2016 Issue

JF16Cover.jpgIt’s a busy time of year for the mailing industry, and we are contributing to all of the special packages being delivered this week with our Jan./Feb. issue.

On the cover is a rich illustration of one of Penn State’s most treasured traditions, the Dance Marathon. We asked readers to send us their THON memories and we weren’t disappointed. Starting on page 32, “My THON” is a collection of those funny, magical, meaningful, and just plain personal stories.

Also in this issue, senior editor Ryan Jones profiles Richard Trumka ’71. In his rise from coal miner to president of the AFL-CIO, Trumka is focused on the future of American labor.

Mere months after a freak injury cost him the use of his legs, former Nittany Lion soccer standout Brett Gravatt has moved from the field to the track, where he is excelling in unprecedented ways. Read about his incredible story, “In No Time Flat,” on page 26.

Plus, best-selling author David Morrell ’67, ’70 pens a remembrance of longtime professor Paul West; we celebrate a national championship with the women’s soccer team; and we’re excited to introduce our new Penn State Alumni Association CEO, Paul Clifford.

Send us your thoughts about the new issue by commenting below or emailing us at heypennstater@psu.edu. And, from all of us at The Penn Stater, best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

Amy Downey, senior editor

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December 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm 3 comments

David Morrell & Rambo, Back in Action

via @_DavidMorrell

via @_DavidMorrell

David Morrell is no stranger to having his work adapted for the screen: his 1972 novel, First Blood, was the inspiration for the Rambo film franchise. Next up for Morrell ’67 is a return to the small screen, as Deadline reported that a new series is in the works about John J. Rambo and his son titled Rambo: New Blood.

The series’ executive producer will be the star of the series, Sylvester Stallone. There’s no word on what Morrell’s role will be, but according to his IMDb page, he is a writer for a Rambo television project. There is no word on when the show will debut, but it will reportedly air on Fox. It’s also not 100 percent clear if this show will go beyond a pilot, as Morrell tweeted that Fox is only paying for a one-hour script.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 2, 2015 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 5, 2013

Photo by Christopher Weddle, CDT

Photo by Christopher Weddle, CDT

“Be Your Best”: Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, retired U.S. Navy captain Mark Kelly, delivered an inspirational message last night at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium. Kelly spoke about his career with NASA and lessons learned after tragedy. Giffords, who was the victim of that devastating shooting in Tucson in early 2011, didn’t appear until the end of the talk, when her words brought the crowd to its feet. “I’m still fighting to make the world a better place, and you can too,” Giffords said. “Be bold, be courageous, be your best.”

Journalism legend: Another big name is coming to campus: Bob Woodward, the famed journalist who reported the Watergate scandal, will speak on Feb. 27 at Eisenhower Auditorum. Woodward, who’s nabbed two Pulitzer Prizes and countless journalism awards, is currently the executive editor for The Washington Post. Do yourself a favor and prep for the event by watching All the President’s Men, which seems to be on TV all the time — yet never gets old.

More Morrell: In our July/August 2013 issue, we featured a profile of bestselling author David Morrell ’67g, ’70 PhD, just before the release of his latest thriller, Murder as a Fine Art. In the piece, he talked about how his personal life inspires his work. He goes into more detail in this Q&A with author Mark Rubinstein for The Huffington Post. “My books are very personal,” Morrell says. “Someone once said that if you read them in chronological order, you would have what amounts to an autobiography of my soul.”

Tomatill-old: Well, this is weird: A team of geologists, including Penn State geosciences prof Peter Wilf, discovered a fossilized tomatillo in Argentina. The 52.2 million year old tomatillo is a pretty big deal — it’s the oldest fruit from the tomato family ever found in South America, and it changes the way scientists view the tomato’s evolution. Read more here, and then celebrate with some salsa.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

November 5, 2013 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

It’s Here: The July/August Issue

JA Cover orig text.inddActually, it’s not here — in our office, anyway. But the July/August issue has already made its way to plenty of readers’ mailboxes, even though our office copies aren’t due for another couple days.

If you’ve received your copy, we hope the cover got your attention. As Tina explained last week, our new art director, Marc Kauffman, enlisted the help of photo illustrator Aaron Goodman to create some cool designs featuring the Nittany Lion mascot for our cover story. Marc did some digging in the University archives and found tons of great photos of Nittany Lions past. (Be sure to check out the lion of the early 1960s, which we all agreed is the, uh, strangest iteration of the suit.)

For another feature, senior editor Lori Shontz ’91 traveled to Cuba on an Alumni Association trip back in March. As part of the cultural exchange—leisure trips to Cuba are forbidden for American visitors—Lori learned a lot about the country and its culture, including some contradictions that baffled even her Cuban tour guides. Lori tends to downplay her photography skills, but you’ll see that she captured some fantastic photos along the way, too.

Also in this issue: a profile of author David Morrell ’67g, ’70g, who’s written more than 30 thriller novels over the course of his career, including First Blood, on which the movie Rambo was based. In the feature, he sheds some light on the inspiration behind his latest novel, Murder as a Fine Art.

Other good stuff you’ll find in the July/August magazine: a profile of Nittany Lion offensive lineman John Urschel ’12, ’13g, who’s working toward his second master’s degree in mathematics; a recap of May’s Board of Trustees election, with a look at the three new members; and my thoughts on completing (OK, surviving) “Murph,” a CrossFit workout to honor Lt. Michael Murphy ’98.

Let us know what you think of the new issue. Comment below or email pennstaterletters@psu.edu.

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

June 24, 2013 at 10:33 am 2 comments

Philip Klass and William Tenn, RIP

Former Penn State English professor Philip Klass—best known to generations of science fiction fans by his pen name, William Tenn—died Sunday at 89. This obituary in the Centre Daily Times gives a good sense of what made Klass and his work so memorable and influential; among the writers touched by his guidance are David Morrell ’67 MA, ’70 PhD Lib (best-selling author of First Blood among many others) and Steven Levy ’74 MA Lib, who today penned this terrific tribute on Wired magazine’s site.

Quick update: Our editor, Tina Hay, found a link that we just had to add to this post — a profile of Tenn from a 1973 issue of The Penn Stater. No, none of us were here then (although that is the year I was born…) and therefore cannot take credit or blame for the psychedelic art work. It’s a fun read.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm 4 comments

David Morrell and His New Thriller

Get the backstory on The Shimmer, the new novel from David Morrell ’67 MA, ’70 PhD Lib from this Associated Press story. Morrell, who recently received a ThrillMaster award from the International Thriller Writers, has set this story in a town based on Marfa, Texas, where for years there have been sightings of unexplained lights. His fictional town, Rostov, is named after one of Tolstoy’s characters in War and Peace.

Geez. My summer reading list continues to grow, and fall and football season are approaching awfully fast.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

August 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

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