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Can you identify the people in this picture?

It's a picture of Rip Engle's very first Penn State coaching staff in 1950.

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via www.yorkblog.com

Here's the link for a closer view: http://www.yorkblog.com/worldcup/normal_1950_Football_Coaches.jpeg

 

Easily identifiable: Rip, Jim O'Hora (Kneeling next to Rip), and a very, very young - and good looking! - Joe Paterno. Everyone else? I have no idea.

Also, how about the general appearance of these dudes! Just look at them! 1950 Penn State football: when men were men! Men who had names like Joe, and Jim, and Rip! It reminds me of a quote from Victor Davis Hanson's Carnage and Culture.

To the modern American at the millennium, these carrier pilots of more than a half century ago - Massey, Waldron, and Lindsey last seen fighting to free themselves in a sea of flames as their planes were blasted apart by Zeros - now appear as superhuman exemplars of what constituted heroism in the bleak months after World War II [sic]. Even their names seem almost caricatures of an earlier stalwart American manhood - Max Leslie, Lem Massey, Wade McClusky, Jack Waldron - doomed fighters who were not all young eighteen-year-old conscripts, but often married and with children, enthusiastic rather than merely willing to fly their decrepit planes into a fiery end over the Japanese fleet, in a few seconds to orphan their families if need be to defend all that they held dear. One wonders if an America of suburban, video-playing Nicoles, Ashleys, and Jasons shall ever see their like again.

Good stuff. Wade McClusky sounds like a darned fine Penn State linebacker, doesn't he?

So, anyway, can anyone help identify the hardy men in that picture?

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