My favorite television mini-series was the 1983 production of “Chiefs,” starring Charlton Heston.
In it, Heston plays the Southern political boss, Hugh Holmes, of the fictional town of Delano, Georgia. It chronicles several decades in how Heston tries to build the town and give it a good reputation. All the while, however, there is an undercurrent of activity going on involving a serial killer.
In one of the final scenes of the mini-series, Heston’s character views the carnage that has come to light and says, “I’ve worked most my life — 50 years — to give this town a name. Now every time it’s mentioned, it will be for this.”
I thought about that movie as the bizarre saga at Penn State unfolded in recent days. I’ve followed sports my entire life and there has always been tragedy and even chaos, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like this.