Archive - Jan 22, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Gerald M. Brenner leans over the desk in his Diamond Hill Road law office and rummages through a pile of documents, his eyes squinting to find a single piece of paper in the clutter.
â€śAh, here it is,â€ť he says.
The document he's holding up is a fact-sheet about Rotary International's PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private sector organization.
Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, was the greatest coach Iâ€™ve ever been around. He was a really good human being too, a man who loved his wife, his kids, his 17 grandchildren, more than anything in the world, including his job as head football coach at Penn State.
The first time I ever met Joe, back in my reporting days at The Daily Collegian (Penn Stateâ€™s student newspaper), he called me into his office after we had published an article he found somewhat damaging to the schoolâ€™s reputation.