February 8, 2001 |
A year from today, the Winter Games open in Salt Lake City. Organizers are planning a daylong party today in and around the city with a host of government, Olympic and sports dignitaries. The focus will be on what Mitt Romney, president of the organizing committee, now ventures to say may be "great Games," citing a sunny financial picture, hot ticket sales, world-class venues in and around the Wasatch Mountains and thousands of volunteers signed and ready to go.
May 8, 1999
Memo to ABC and Churchill Downs: Please spare us another Kentucky Derby with Dave Johnson as the announcer. In Saturday's race, Menifee was closing furiously, Prime Timber was picking off horses in the stretch, and what we listeners were subjected to was Dave Johnson saying, "AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME!" without bothering to inform us who the "they" were. Trevor Denman would not have missed the call. JOSEPH J. WOJCIK, Claremont There is only one group of teams and coaches in the Los Angeles area that consistently wins and produces national champions: Team Lukas, Team Baffert, Team Frankel, Team Drysdale, Team Mandella and Team McAnally.
August 14, 1995 |
Decathlete Dave Johnson has been cleared of suspicion that he used an illegal performance-enhancing substance, International Amateur Athletic Federation and USA Track & Field sources said Sunday. A drug test in March revealed that Johnson had a higher level of testosterone than generally allowable, but, upon review, the IAAF was convinced the male hormone was naturally produced by his body and not taken externally.
August 4, 1995 |
While Dan O'Brien prepares for his assault on 9,000 points in the World Championships' decathlon competition that begins here Sunday, the other half of one of track and field's best known television advertising campaigns, Dave Johnson, is at home in Southern California, attempting to prolong his career amid suspicion about whether he has used an illegal, performance-enhancing substance.
October 29, 1994
Dave Johnson, who became the first AIDS coordinator for Los Angeles when Mayor Tom Bradley named him to implement the city's $2.5-million program in 1989, died Thursday of the complications of AIDS. A spokeswoman for the Chris Brownlie Hospice near Downtown Los Angeles said Johnson was 39 when he died there Thursday evening. Johnson brought a wealth of experience in gay causes to the city post, where he was responsible for mobilizing the city's efforts to cope with the AIDS epidemic.
June 15, 1993 |
Just when it seemed possible that consumers would be allowed to forget Dan and Dave, the dueling decathletes began appearing on television again earlier this month in a nationwide advertising campaign for a truck rental company. Unfortunately for track and field followers, the only place the two can be seen together is in commercials.