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January 29, 2006 | Susan King
AS Billy Crystal packs them in at the Wilshire Theatre for his Tony Award-winning one-man show, "700 Sundays," one of his cast mates from the 1970s TV comedy "Soap" is watching with interest. Ventriloquist Jay Johnson is onstage just a few miles away, performing his own one-person show. Johnson, who played the schizophrenic Chuck and Bob -- the latter being Chuck's caustic puppet -- on "Soap," parses his life with dummies in "Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!" at the Brentwood Theatre.
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January 29, 2006 | Susan King
AS Billy Crystal packs them in at the Wilshire Theatre for his Tony Award-winning one-man show, "700 Sundays," one of his cast mates from the 1970s TV comedy "Soap" is watching with interest. Ventriloquist Jay Johnson is onstage just a few miles away, performing his own one-person show. Johnson, who played the schizophrenic Chuck and Bob -- the latter being Chuck's caustic puppet -- on "Soap," parses his life with dummies in "Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!" at the Brentwood Theatre.
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January 25, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
There's something about a grown man with his hand up a puppet that inevitably arouses suspicion. That's the underlying lesson from "Jay Johnson: The Two and Only," the genial though ultimately unremarkable solo show by the ventriloquist best known for his Chuck and Bob routine on the groundbreaking '70s sitcom "Soap."
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January 25, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
There's something about a grown man with his hand up a puppet that inevitably arouses suspicion. That's the underlying lesson from "Jay Johnson: The Two and Only," the genial though ultimately unremarkable solo show by the ventriloquist best known for his Chuck and Bob routine on the groundbreaking '70s sitcom "Soap."
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March 19, 1986 | ROBERT McDONALD
Sculptor Jay Johnson, one of the pioneers in the development of the downtown art district, is having his first major solo exhibition in La Jolla at the Thomas Babeor Gallery. Fortunately, Johnson did not have to go too far out of town--to Los Angeles, for example--before he could begin to establish his reputation. Johnson is a young artist, just over 30, and his works evince the kind of discontinuous experimentation characteristic of the young. Not that groups of works are not related.
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July 27, 1997 | Leah Ollman, Leah Ollman is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Jay Johnson has a reputation. Two, actually. He is known as a sculptor of consummate craftsmanship whose work in wood is refined, elegant, quirky and poignant. He is also notorious within the San Diego art scene, where he has played a formative role for nearly 20 years, for his insistent frankness. He says what he thinks, however impolitic or ungracious.
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February 2, 1997 | DINAH WISENBERG BRIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Brokenhearted over a woman, Johnny Jay Johnson spent all his money on a bus ticket from Virginia and rolled into town five years ago in tears, planning to kill himself. Today, he's married, owns a two-bedroom house, works as a salesman, invests at a brokerage house and preaches positive thinking and self-discipline, sounding not unlike the speakers on motivational tapes he listens to daily. Now 40, he's confident he'll reach his goal of having $2 million by the time he's 54.
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March 8, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scheduled swearing-in tonight of Jay P. Johnson, a landlord who supports rent control, as the fifth member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board has both sides of the rent control debate optimistic. Some landlords, who have complained for years of the board's domination by tenant activists, say they are encouraged that they finally have someone on the board who "speaks our language" and understands the economics of owning and operating rental units.
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February 28, 2000 | The Washington Post
The Navy's top officer is challenging Pentagon plans to rely solely on land-based interceptors to shield the United States against missile attack, urging that ship-launched interceptors also be used. In a confidential memo to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen, Adm. Jay Johnson argued that ships would make the proposed antimissile system more effective.
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April 1, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
No contaminants have been found in water samples taken from five wells in the San Joaquin Valley town of Earlimart where six childhood cancers, all involving Latino children, are being investigated, health officials have reported. Results of state testing of the community's five wells were relayed to the Town Council last week, said Jay Johnson, Tulare County environmental health specialist. "It sure was some positive news," Johnson said.
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July 27, 1997 | Leah Ollman, Leah Ollman is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Jay Johnson has a reputation. Two, actually. He is known as a sculptor of consummate craftsmanship whose work in wood is refined, elegant, quirky and poignant. He is also notorious within the San Diego art scene, where he has played a formative role for nearly 20 years, for his insistent frankness. He says what he thinks, however impolitic or ungracious.
NEWS
February 2, 1997 | DINAH WISENBERG BRIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Brokenhearted over a woman, Johnny Jay Johnson spent all his money on a bus ticket from Virginia and rolled into town five years ago in tears, planning to kill himself. Today, he's married, owns a two-bedroom house, works as a salesman, invests at a brokerage house and preaches positive thinking and self-discipline, sounding not unlike the speakers on motivational tapes he listens to daily. Now 40, he's confident he'll reach his goal of having $2 million by the time he's 54.
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March 8, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scheduled swearing-in tonight of Jay P. Johnson, a landlord who supports rent control, as the fifth member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board has both sides of the rent control debate optimistic. Some landlords, who have complained for years of the board's domination by tenant activists, say they are encouraged that they finally have someone on the board who "speaks our language" and understands the economics of owning and operating rental units.
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March 19, 1986 | ROBERT McDONALD
Sculptor Jay Johnson, one of the pioneers in the development of the downtown art district, is having his first major solo exhibition in La Jolla at the Thomas Babeor Gallery. Fortunately, Johnson did not have to go too far out of town--to Los Angeles, for example--before he could begin to establish his reputation. Johnson is a young artist, just over 30, and his works evince the kind of discontinuous experimentation characteristic of the young. Not that groups of works are not related.
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November 25, 1987 | LEAH OLLMAN
- A party with purpose is planned for Dec. 12. Installation, the downtown nonprofit gallery, will receive all proceeds from the evening's $25 ticket price. The party, to feature valet parking, hosted bar, dancing and the raffle of a work of art, will also celebrate the opening of The Annex, a new art gallery set in a rehabilitated 1905 produce warehouse at 6th and Island. The Annex's opening show includes local artists Jay Johnson, Reesey Shaw, Christopher Lee and Gary Ghirardi.
NEWS
April 22, 1990
These are dramatic and changing times in which we live. Certainly with Gorbachev in the U.S.S.R. talking glasnost and SMRR in the People's Republic of Santa Monica talking in conciliatory tones of vacancy decontrol, times have changed, and there is a new wind blowing. In U.S.S.R., Gorbachev has, for years, been a good party Communist. In Soviet Monica, we now have Jay Johnson, who has worked as a very staunch liberal for years. Jay Johnson is the newly appointed Rent Control Board Commissioner.
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