“The Joe We Know” premiered on Saturday, February 18
The project plan called for the Premiere of the film “The Joe We Know” on Saturday, February 18, 2011 for Coach Paterno, his wife Sue, and their entire family in the presence of former players, coaches, managers and their families at the beautiful State Theatre in downtown State College, PA. The project intention was to show the film at a belated birthday party for Coach.
The untimely passing of Coach Paterno on Sunday, January 22, 2012, three days after the completion of filming for the project, triggered the largest gathering in Happy Valley of former players in the football program’s history. Men from all decades drove and flew from throughout the country to pay respects to Coach Paterno, Sue, and their family. It’s estimated nearly 1100 players visited State College in the three days of services.
Project Team Huddle Discussion the Day of Coach’s Passing: What would Coach tell us? “Keep your feet moving and go to the ball!”. We’re driving to the February 18th showing for Coach.
Often said by Coach Paterno, “It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s how you react”. The project team and the TJWK production team quietly continued their work. On Sue Paterno’s birthday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day), she was surprised with a 5 lb heart shaped box of chocolate, a film ticket lanyard, and a showing of the film with her daughter Mary Kay in a small private theatre in State College. The film was presented to the full Paterno Family on Saturday, February 18th along with former players, coaches, managers and their families at The State Theatre.
Created as a gift for Joe’s belated birthday party, it was a special delivery on Sue’s birthday.
Below you’ll find some select photos from the Premiere.