'Paterno': 8 stories from the biography

Biographer Joe Posnanski charts the life of the late Joe Paterno in his new book.

2. Early beginnings


Posnanski writes that when he started high school, Paterno was already a rising star. "Joe was already an overachiever," he wrote. "He worked in the New York Public Library; he worked as an usher for the Brooklyn Dodgers; he was a baggage checker at Penn Station. He took the lead in school – straight A's, always – and he took the lead in the neighborhood. Everyone who grew up with him remarked on his solemn sense of purpose.... 'He was a fun guy to be around,' his friend Joe Murphy said. 'But, absolutely, you could tell he had it in his mind that he was going places. We all recognized it."

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