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Radio Smart Talk: Top Stories of 2012 -- Paterno-Specter deaths

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 27, 2012 4:34 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, December 28:


Two Pennsylvania icons died in 2012.

As part of witf’s Top Stories of 2012 series, Radio Smart Talk looks back at the lives and legacies of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Pennsylvania’s longest serving U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

Paterno passed away at the age of 85 in January.  He had been fired in November 2011 after coaching 61 years at Penn State.  The Penn State Board of Trustees said the termination was for what they later called his lack of leadership after he allegedly learned that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually molested young boys.

Paterno’s legacy was tarnished even more later in the year when former FBI director Louis Freeh’s investigation said Paterno was part of a cover up of Sandusky’s crimes.

Specter died in October – two years after he lost his re-election bid in the April 2010 primary to Congressman Joe Sestak.  Political observers said Pennsylvania will never see a politician like Specter again.

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