By RICHARD F. BELISLE
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Louise Pupo held up her bidding card with the determination of a striker on a picket line. She was determined to add the Joe Paterno football to her husband's collection.
Somebody behind her ran the bid up to $120, but Pupo would not be intimidated.
"Sold for $130," shouted auctioneer John Kohler, pointing to Pupo. She snuggled the football in her lap.
"I bought my husband a Pittsburgh Steelers football last year. I paid more than $300 for it. Two years ago I paid more than $200 for a photograph of the Penn State football players. He went to Penn State and so did my daughter. His brothers and sisters went there, too," she said.
Pupo's husband, William, assistant principal at James Buchanan High School, was not with his wife in the school's auditorium during the Tuscarora Educational Foundation's third annual benefit auction.