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Gale Sayers: Star Running Back

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Gale Sayers: Star Running Back
May
1973

Submitter: I believe this is an awful book because I was a tween when the movie Brian’s Song, starring James Caan and Billy D. Williams, appeared on television, and I am now of retireable age. What else besides people should really have a shelf life of 44+ years? Also, Copy 19?? Thank goodness the other 18 copies were weeded years ago.

Holly: I guess they missed copy 19 when they weeded the other 18!

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Papa Bear Joe

Strategies of the Great Football CoachesStrategies of the Great Football Coaches
Nuwer
1988

Submitter: I was horrified to find Joe Paterno featured in this book about great football coaches. It is from a high school library. Funny how the quotes and chapter titles can be so right and so wrong at the same time: Joe Paterno: His Defense Never Rests. The following quotes are just plain awkward given the events of the past few years:

p106 “…he feels it is more important to work with young people than to make money.”

p114 “”But mainly, says Paterno, he is responsible for his own successes and few failures.”

p114 “I really tried hard to be myself, figuring that kids could smell a phony, I don’t think you can fool them.”

Holly: Oh, the irony.  Sigh…

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Touched

touched Jerry Sandusky storyTouched: The Jerry Sandusky Story
Sandusky with Richeal
2000

Submitter: Hello, I’m a librarian in [NY] and a huge college football fan.  Shortly after the sex abuse scandal at Penn State I decided to look on amazon and in our library catalog to see if we had anything by or about Jerry Sandusky. There are 14 copies of his unfortunately titled autobiography, Touched, floating about according to WorldCat.

Penn State University Library owns a copy of Touched and it looks like they put the book in protective custody in “nocirc” archives. http://cat.libraries.psu.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/gDK2F6pVmM/UP-PAT/123900211/123

I think the autobiography of an accused child molester called “Touched” qualifies as an awful library book.

Holly: Ohhhh, that’s a really unfortunate title.  There is probably new interest in this book now, too, so owning libraries can’t just weed it because of its title.  No one knew, at the time this book was written and titled, what Mr. Sandusky knew…making this a very, very creepy title.