Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Penn State Letter

this is a letter written by my friend Bob Lamm that i think says a lot...

You are my role models

I’m a writer and teach at New York University.

This is an open letter to the Penn State students who demonstrated on the streets with signs saying things like “All That Is Required for Evil to Triumph Is For Good Men to Do Nothing,” “Kids B4 Football,” “Joe Paterno Is NOT the Victim,” and “We Are Penn State. We Are Ashamed.”

I saw photos of you online, and you are my heroes.

I greatly admire your courage, compassion, decency and integrity. In this horrific mess, you are the only part of which Penn State should be genuinely proud.

I’m sure it isn’t easy to take the public position you have in the midst of the cult of “JoePa.” Alas, I am too far away to go to Penn State and stand with you. But please know that I am thinking of all of you who have stood up for what is right. Our world needs “good men”— and good women — like you.

I’m old enough to be the grandfather of most of you. But now, you are my role models.

Bob Lamm

New York, N.Y.

1 comment:

Bob Lamm said...

Many thanks, Karen. It's an honor to have my words on your terrific blog.

For readers interested in seeing some of the photos of the courageous students counter demonstrating at Penn State, go to this link: