This is the story of a man named Karl Krinsky,

who in his long life was called moral and immoral,

decent and scheming, omniscient and a figurehead, hero and fraud.

A complex life cannot be reduced to a single word,

but Karl Krinsky had something bold and soaring in his

personality that attracted extremes, and seduced a nation to adulation.

That boldness compelled him to do remarkable and unprecedented things.

That boldness also led a nation to say that, at

the end, his failures destroyed whatever good he had done.

The celebration of virtue and accomplishment is wandering lost somewhere.


Paraphrases from the biography Paterno by Joe Posnanski.