July 28, 1991 |
John Francis, a veteran actor and director, has had a long run at Rio Hondo College. One of its first students 27 years ago, he is now a theater professor who for the past two weeks has been directing the musical "42nd Street." "I just kind of latched on, and it's been a big love affair ever since," said Francis, who was the 20th student to enroll at the college when it opened in 1964 at the old Little Lake Elementary School in Santa Fe Springs.
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August 19, 1990 |
Friends and family gathered Saturday in West Covina at an emotional funeral service for Air Force Staff Sgt. John Francis Campisi, the first U.S. serviceman to die in the Persian Gulf since the current troop buildup began. An estimated 300 mourners heard Campisi remembered as a peacemaker and a career serviceman who was willing to make sacrifices for his family, friends and country.
April 25, 1990 |
California environmentalist John Francis, who has shunned the use of automobiles for nearly 20 years, was struck and injured by one as he bicycled across town on Tuesday. Francis stuck with his avoidance of motor vehicles and refused to board an ambulance summoned by passers-by. After confused paramedics secured his injured left arm and shoulder with a sling, he cautiously walked about 15 blocks to the emergency room at Howard University Medical Center.
April 23, 1990 |
In 1971, John Francis stared out at an oil-cloaked San Francisco Bay and vowed never to ride in a motorized vehicle again. Soon after, he increased the stakes of his sacrifice by abandoning the use of speech--refusing to utter a word, even to his bewildered parents. The silent vigil ended Sunday, on Earth Day, as the 44-year-old environmentalist and Ph.D. candidate gathered family and friends in a Washington hotel room to hear his first words in nearly two decades.
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May 18, 1987
A 56-year-old man was killed Sunday and his wife was injured when their pickup truck collided with a car on Interstate 8 near Alpine, authorities said. John Francis of Jacumba was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Mary, 49, suffered minor injures. The pickup was westbound about a half mile west of the Willows Road turnoff when it collided with a passenger car about 3 p.m. After overturning several times, the truck came to rest in the divider strip, the California Highway Patrol said.
September 4, 1986 |
To a stranger walking through this central Idaho town on a hot Monday, the soda fountain inside Broyle's Drugstore looked like a cool place to rest. John Francis unslung his banjo from his back and leaned it carefully against the counter. The former Marin County, Calif., resident settled onto a stool and indicated by pointing to the menu that he wanted a vanilla shake .