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June 21, 1998 | LARRY McSHANE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At first, the father spoke to the son. He spoke of the family's migration north, and the hard times growing up in New York City. He spoke of driving a cab and picking up celebrity fares: Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant. He spoke of his own father, a hard-drinking raconteur sometimes seen in the company of ex-heavyweight champ Jack Johnson. The father was 82, lying in a nursing home bed, dying of lung cancer.
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September 22, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - An anguished President Obama called on Americans on Sunday to transform the nation and find a way to limit gun violence. Speaking at a memorial for 12 workers who died in the Washington Navy Yard rampage last week, he urged the U.S. not to accept mass shootings as routine. This, Obama noted, is the fifth time he has grieved with communities "ripped apart by mass violence" since taking office in January 2009. "Once more our hearts are broken," he told the more than 5,000 people who attended the service at the Marine Barracks Washington, a few blocks from the Navy Yard.
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March 8, 2009 | David Zucchino
Inside the tidy suburban St. Louis home of John and Linda Johnson, no photos of their eldest daughter grace the walls. Army Pfc. LaVena Johnson was just 19 when she died in Iraq in 2005; to this day her parents cannot bear to display reminders of her life. John Johnson does possess other photos of his daughter -- explicit color shots of her autopsy and death scene. He shows them to a visitor. They are horrifying: LaVena in a pool of blood. LaVena's corpse on a coroner's table.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2011
John Henry Johnson Pro Football Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson, 81, a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back during the 1950s and '60s who was a member of the San Francisco 49ers' "Million Dollar Backfield," died Friday in Tracy, Calif., the team announced. No cause was given, but the San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2002 that Johnson had Alzheimer's disease. Johnson, 6 feet 2 and 210 pounds, played for the 49ers from 1954 to '56 and teamed with fellow Hall of Fame members fullback Joe Perry, halfback Hugh McElhenny and quarterback Y.A. Tittle.
SPORTS
February 15, 1986
Len Bias and Jeff Baxter, starters on Maryland's basketball team, and sub John Johnson were all suspended indefinitely for curfew violations by coach Lefty Driesell.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1989
Re director Oliver Stone's glorifying of white males in the Vietnam War ("New Film Brings the Old War Home," Jan. 22): Many thousands of Vietnam casualties were African Americans--heroic, dedicated and patriotic soldiers. Stone has portrayed African American military men as lazy, inferior and cowardly. The world knows better. Please! Please! Spare us from another "White Platoon"! JOHN JOHNSON Venice Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998
Your Dec. 5 Saturday Journal article on the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. and its workers was fascinating. The subject is far from my usual interests (politics, social causes, cultural) but, once started, I read to the end. Because of John Johnson's descriptive paragraphs I was able to picture the cud-chewing Florida, the nights on deck, the lifestyle of the men involved. I was very moved by those descriptions, poetic images and close-ups of personnel. My best respects to Bob Haas, foreman Tom LaVera and the others and, of course, to Johnson, who made the subject so readable.
NEWS
November 8, 2000
Contributing to The Times' election coverage were Times staff writers Mark Arax, Edward J. Boyer, Ofelia Casillas, Ana Beatriz Cholo, Tina Daunt, Twila Decker, Ken Ellingwood, Virginia Ellis, David Ferrell, John M. Glionna, Jean Guccione, Sarah Hale, Erika Hayasaki, Peter Y. Hong, Carl Ingram, John Johnson, Oscar C. Johnson, Daryl Kelley, Annette Kondo, Caitlin Liu, Hugo Martin, Joe Mathews, Patrick J. McDonnell, Usha Lee McFarling, Patrick McGreevy, Josh Meyer, John L.
SPORTS
July 4, 1990
Donald Trump's testimony in New York federal court Tuesday seemed to support promoter Don King's claim that he was working in Buster Douglas' best interests after Douglas had knocked out Mike Tyson in February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1990 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousand Oaks businessman John Johnson has had two wishes granted in two weeks. The first, his lifelong wish for a brother, came true two weeks ago when 35-year-old Dean Gilbert called after hiring a genealogical expert to track down his natural family. The second came true Thursday, when Johnson came face-to-face with Joleen Swan, a 32-year-old sister whose existence he learned of through Gilbert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2010 | By Trevor Jensen
Eunice W. Johnson, who gave Ebony magazine its name and for almost 50 years produced an influential traveling fashion show that brought haute couture to African Americans while raising millions of dollars for charity, has died. She was 93. Johnson, the widow of Johnson Publishing Co. founder John H. Johnson, died of renal failure on Sunday at her Chicago home, according to a company spokeswoman. A close business partner of her husband's since the beginning of Johnson Publishing in 1942, she remained the company's secretary-treasurer at the time of her death and for years wrote a monthly fashion feature for Ebony magazine.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2009 | David Zucchino
Inside the tidy suburban St. Louis home of John and Linda Johnson, no photos of their eldest daughter grace the walls. Army Pfc. LaVena Johnson was just 19 when she died in Iraq in 2005; to this day her parents cannot bear to display reminders of her life. John Johnson does possess other photos of his daughter -- explicit color shots of her autopsy and death scene. He shows them to a visitor. They are horrifying: LaVena in a pool of blood. LaVena's corpse on a coroner's table.
SPORTS
February 23, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
At Cal State Dominguez Hills, Dr. J is not a skywalking, highlight-producing former NBA legend. He is a grounded, silver-haired workaday coach who says proudly that he probably will die on the job. "I'm the poor man's Joe Paterno," says John L. Johnson, whose doctorate in education and administration from UCLA spawned his Dr. J nickname. "I started coaching when Joe Paterno was still a skinny-legged quarterback at Brown." That was in 1949.
OPINION
September 11, 2005
More than three years ago, I wrote a letter to The Times that was similar to Tom Reynolds' commentary, "Even bad TV has to have writers" (Sept. 7), calling for an expose on the sweatshop conditions that had made reality shows so attractive to the networks. One writer I know was forced to work so many hours per week that he literally never saw his family. He did this for a fixed salary that most people couldn't live on. If he decided to spend a Sunday afternoon with his kids, he would get an angry call from the show's producer, threatening the loss of his job. The only way to get rid of this insulting and debasing reality TV programming is to make sure that the people who work on these shows are protected by labor laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2005
The funeral service for John H. Johnson, the founder, publisher and chairman of Johnson Publishing Co., which publishes the magazines Ebony and Jet, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. Interment will be private.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2005 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
John H. Johnson, the innovative publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines who countered mid-20th century publishing stereotypes by providing positive coverage of blacks in mass-market publications, has died. He was 87. Johnson died Monday of heart failure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, his Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Co. announced. Born into poverty in Arkansas, Johnson sought to increase African Americans' pride by showcasing their achievements.
SPORTS
May 18, 1990 | ERIC SHEPARD
Ventura College football and baseball standout John Johnson announced Thursday that he will sign a contract with the Seattle Mariners this weekend, passing up his sophomore year at the school. Johnson, a 1989 graduate of Channel Islands High, was selected in the 54th round of last June's amateur draft by Seattle. Hoping to improve his contract value, he opted to attend Ventura and play baseball. But Johnson, 19, also joined the football team and rushed for 553 yards in seven games.
SPORTS
September 28, 1988 | TIM BROWN, Times Staff Writer
The Channel Islands coaching staff assembled last week for a state of the Johnson address. More specifically, the state of John Johnson's left ankle, John Johnson's right ankle and John Johnson's right wrist--all of which were ailing. Johnson's response, on the eve of the Raiders' game against rival Oxnard: check, check and check. "I wasn't supposed to play," Johnson said. "The doctor told me I shouldn't, but this was one game I couldn't miss."
NEWS
November 8, 2000
Contributing to The Times' election coverage were Times staff writers Mark Arax, Edward J. Boyer, Ofelia Casillas, Ana Beatriz Cholo, Tina Daunt, Twila Decker, Ken Ellingwood, Virginia Ellis, David Ferrell, John M. Glionna, Jean Guccione, Sarah Hale, Erika Hayasaki, Peter Y. Hong, Carl Ingram, John Johnson, Oscar C. Johnson, Daryl Kelley, Annette Kondo, Caitlin Liu, Hugo Martin, Joe Mathews, Patrick J. McDonnell, Usha Lee McFarling, Patrick McGreevy, Josh Meyer, John L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1998
As I watched CNN Saturday morning, I saw something that really captured the current state of our nation. On one side of the screen was the farce being engineered by the Republican leadership on the floor of the House of Representatives, and on the other was the familiar scene of triple-A fire and explosions over Baghdad. It is frightening to think that a country able to wield so much destructive force on the other side of globe gives so much power to the kind of demagogues and hypocrites we have been watching in this shameful display of partisan zealotry.
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