CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001 |
Johnnie Johnson, who shot down 38 enemy aircraft, making him the Royal Air Force's top gun in World War II, has died. Johnson died Tuesday at his home in Buxton in Derbyshire after an illness, said his friend, retired Air Chief Marshal Sir Christopher Foxley-Norris. He was 85. Johnson's career began inauspiciously. At first rejected by the Auxiliary Air Force, he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserves in the summer of 1940. He crashed a Spitfire on his fourth flight.
May 31, 1998 |
Gubernatorial candidates Jane Harman and Al Checchi aren't the only ones putting personal fortunes into a campaign these days. Business executive George Turek is bankrolling a candidate for election as well. But rather than political office, this is a campaign for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Chuck Berry's pianist, Johnnie Johnson.
April 28, 1998 |
He looks as though he could still play some safety, but Johnnie Johnson releases his aggressions on a tennis ball these days. He finds competition not in shutting down No. 80 in a red and white jersey, but in opening up young people's minds to new horizons. "The greatest satisfaction I enjoyed was playing football," Johnson said. "I didn't know if there was anything that could give me that same satisfaction. My work with young kids comes as close to that feeling as anything."
February 7, 1998
Bob Boone, Bob Boyd, Steve DeBerg, Debbie Green, Johnnie Johnson, Dan Quisenberry and Leon Wood will bring to 86 the number of inductees into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame when they are enshrined in ceremonies on April 30. Boone caught a major-league record 2,264 games in his 19-year major league career, seven of which were with the Angels. The six-time Gold Glove Award winner and Villa Park resident is a scout for the Cincinnati Reds.
February 2, 1997 |
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.
January 14, 1997 |
What: "Personal Approach--A Game Plan for Unlimited Success," by Johnnie Johnson. Price: $22.95 (Dove Books). Self-help gurus can be dangerous. Take, for example, the Kings, who find themselves in their sorry current state largely because Barry Melrose listened to Anthony Robbins, who advised Melrose to awaken the giant within, confront his inner demons with hair gel and trade all of his superstar scorers for plodding grinders who have no idea how to awaken the red light within the Forum.