Jul 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT
In case you were planning on making a pilgrimage to the site where the Joe Paterno statue once stood, good luck finding it. They tore down the Paterno statue on Sunday, as you know, but Penn State officials weren’t through. This morning they demolished the wall that was behind the statue. All that’s left now is to clear away the rubble and, presumably, to salt the earth.
It’s really no wonder they took down the wall: I’m sure the university didn’t want this eerie reminder in front of their football stadium.
Meanwhile, the State College businessman who donated $25,000 for the statue in 1987 is miffed that he was not contacted when the decision came to tear it down. Eddie Lauth, the founder and former CEO of AquaPenn Spring Water Co., wants to know what is to be done with the statue. He filed an injunction on Friday to stop it from being removed, but a Centre County judge ruled against him.
“It just amazes me that Penn State University can do this and continue to say things publicly about Tim Curley and Gary Schultz when they haven’t even had their chance for due process,” he said. “To me it’s unconscionable.”
Lauth wrote in a hand-written affidavit he filed Friday, “I’ve been informed that the university intends to remove the (statue). I gave money directly to the university for the purposes of a permanent tribute in the form of a statue of Joe Paterno and I have not been contacted by the university in the change of plans nor did I agree to the change of plans.”
Penn State spokesman David La Torre said university officials weren’t aware of the petition.
Seems to me that once you’ve given a gift, it isn’t yours anymore. But then I’ve never given a 7-foot bronze statue.
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