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Nittany Lions in the Great War

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Our July/August 2017 issue has a short piece on the Penn State All-Sports Museum’s current exhibit on university athletes who fought in World War I. “Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917–1919” is a fascinating exhibit of mementos, photos, letters, cards, pins, flags, and other assorted memorabilia from the approximately 210 students who served in the Great War. Of those 210 young men, roughly 75 to 80 were sent overseas, and eight died.

The project was spearheaded by museum director Ken Hickman ’98, who spent the last year and a half researching and collecting the pieces for the exhibit, located in the temporary exhibition space. Hickman’s research process started with a book, Penn State in the World War, which was compiled after the conflict.

The book’s authors surveyed alumni and faculty in the years after the war to put together a collection of bios on all Penn Staters who served. For this project, Hickman and a small staff compiled a list of athletes and proceeded to work backward, tracing their genealogy forward to current living relatives. It was then a process of sending out surveys, contacting people, and trying to flesh out what information they could and couldn’t trust.

The result? “We did much better than I expected,” says Hickman. (more…)

July 12, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Lou Prato Looks at Penn State’s ‘Game Changers’

While fact-checking our recent magazine feature on the “Men of ’47,” we knew there was one man to ask for help in confirming all the names, dates, and largely forgotten details: Lou Prato ’59, former director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum and author of a small library of books on Nittany Lion football.

Lou was gracious enough to review (and, in a few spots, correct and improve) the feature before it ran. Not long after, he sat down for a quick video interview that offered even more insight on that now-legendary football team. Frustratingly, technical issues kept me from uploading the video, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer a sincere and public “thanks.”

With that in mind, I figure the least I can do is offer a quick (and equally sincere) plug for his new book.

Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Penn State Football History delivers just what it promises: An exhaustive, illustrated collection of the most pivotal moments in the Joe Paterno era. It’s great nostalgia and sure to spark debate among fans — especially since Lou left the enjoyable task of ranking the moments to his readers. If you’re still looking for gift ideas for a Penn State football fanatic on your list, Game Changers is a no-brainer. Check out the Triumph Books Web site for more info.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment


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