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August 6, 1992 | By Jere Longman, INQUIRER OLYMPICS BUREAU
Dave Johnson looked up after his third attempt in the decathlon shot put yesterday and saw a red flag go up. Foul. His third - and final - foul. He was about to be disqualified, leaving him with no points from the shot put, no chance at an Olympic gold medal. Dave had done a Dan. Just a few weeks ago, Dave's friend and Reebok ad mate Dan O'Brien botched the pole vault in the Olympic trials and failed to qualify for the Games, thus making an oh-so-brilliant, oh-so-inspired marketing campaign look oh so stupid.
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October 24, 1996 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Directing the Penn Relays was not Dave Johnson's lifetime ambition. Not until Jim Tuppeny retired almost 10 years ago did Johnson start thinking seriously about the job. "When 'Tupp' retired, I thought this would be an interesting job someday," Johnson said yesterday, after he moved from the Relays' interim director to director. "When you're younger, it's not the kind of job you think about. You don't grow up wanting to be a meet director. " Johnson was associate director of the prestigious annual track and field carnival for seven years.
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April 5, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Zach Johnson coasted through 10 holes before the trouble started. After getting five birdies earlier, simply making par was difficult. Four bogeys in five holes, and suddenly, his five-shot lead was down to two. "I was just trying to make pars," he said. "There is a danger in that, but on this golf course, par is a good score. " The PGA Tour rookie righted himself in time and held on to win the BellSouth Classic in Duluth, Ga., yesterday despite that rough stretch on the back nine.
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November 9, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Readers dear, my pen's on fire To praise the charm of Lantern's Liar . The cast is nimble, the cast is quick For sheer amusement, this show's my pick. Dueling and wooing and sorting out twins Seventeenth-century silliness wins. The Liar lies, and the ladies swoon While witty language calls the tune. With fabulations and fictions flying Despite the obvious lure of lying Steering you wrong would be uncouth You'll enjoy this show, and that's the truth.
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March 28, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
The Lantern Theater Company's current production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is so fresh, funny, and full of life that nothing in it offends. Were it not for K.O. DelMarcelle's winking tango choreography and some strong performances, this Shrew would almost bore with its innocent mirth. In Taming of the Shrew , the Bard's title refers to Katherine (Joanna Liao), a fire-tongued scold (the script refers to her as much worse), whose nasty attitude terrorizes the townsfolk of Padua, in northern Italy.
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April 28, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Gone are the days when Dave Johnson could recite every significant track and field record - high schools, colleges, Olympics - off the top of his head. "Now," he said, laughing, "I commit to memory where I can look them up. " Johnson has not terminated his passion for track. Hardly. It's that he has found it necessary to channel that passion into different areas since becoming the Penn Relays director last year (first on an interim basis, now entrenched). Saturday at Franklin Field, a sun-splashed crowd of 46,216 roared as a comebacking Mary Slaney, 38, ran the mile in 4 minutes, 26.10 seconds . . . And as Villanova's women (anchored by Krestena Sullivan)
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July 18, 1991 | By Jere Longman, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a kid in Missoula, Mont., Dave Johnson began training in the throwing, jumping and running that would lead him to a possible Olympic medal in the decathlon. Throwing rocks at cars. Jumping out of windows and over fences. Running from the police. The usual stuff. His top event, at which he may very well still be the American record holder, was the beer toss. One day, Johnson lifted a set of keys from a neighbor's car. Turns out, the keys opened the door to a local beer distributorship.
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October 16, 1986 | By BILL CONLIN, Daily News Sports Writer
He was a rookie second baseman in 1966, brash and articulate. And Dave Johnson's first big league ballclub, the Baltimore Orioles, scored one of the most stunning upsets in World Series history. They swept the lordly Los Angeles Dodgers of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Three seasons later, Johnson was on the other end of the upset. The Amazin' 1969 New York Mets beat the heavily favored Orioles in a five-game destructo by a pitching staff led by Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, Nolan Ryan and Tug McGraw.
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August 6, 1992 | by Rich Hofmann, Daily News Sports Columnist
The decision had been made. In the Olympic decathlon, Dave had just pulled a Dan. The referee had ruled that U.S. decathlete Dave Johnson fouled for a third time in the shot put. He was gone. He was out. The officials didn't even measure his final throw. Dave was aghast. The people at a certain athletic shoe company were undoubtedly apoplectic. First, Dan O'Brien couldn't clear a height in the pole vault at the U.S. trials. Now, Johnson was out of the Olympic shot put with zero points, his gold-medal hopes as short-lived as a 30-second commercial.
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August 7, 1992 | By Larry Eichel, INQUIRER OLYMPICS BUREAU
After all the hype, Dave couldn't deliver the goods. Hampered by what he described as a stress fracture in his right ankle, Dave Johnson, co-star of the ubiquitous Dan and Dave commercials for Reebok shoes, limped home with the bronze medal in the Olympic decathlon yesterday. And in the ultimate irony, the winner, Czechoslovakia's Robert Zmelik, turned out to be a Reebok man, too. Johnson, who conducted post-event interviews with an American flag draped around his shoulders, said the injury cost him 400 or 500 points.
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March 28, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
The Lantern Theater Company's current production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is so fresh, funny, and full of life that nothing in it offends. Were it not for K.O. DelMarcelle's winking tango choreography and some strong performances, this Shrew would almost bore with its innocent mirth. In Taming of the Shrew , the Bard's title refers to Katherine (Joanna Liao), a fire-tongued scold (the script refers to her as much worse), whose nasty attitude terrorizes the townsfolk of Padua, in northern Italy.
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April 19, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bomb blasts during the Boston Marathon shook up and saddened Americans across the country but the sorrow was particularly felt in the running community, a tight-knit family that enjoys competing and forming friendships that last a lifetime. "To me, it's a sanctuary of sorts," Villanova track and field coach Marcus O'Sullivan, a former world-class runner and Olympian, said Wednesday. "People go there because it's time to come together in a joyous moment and a joyous time. So when something like this happens, it really is very tragic.
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November 9, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Readers dear, my pen's on fire To praise the charm of Lantern's Liar . The cast is nimble, the cast is quick For sheer amusement, this show's my pick. Dueling and wooing and sorting out twins Seventeenth-century silliness wins. The Liar lies, and the ladies swoon While witty language calls the tune. With fabulations and fictions flying Despite the obvious lure of lying Steering you wrong would be uncouth You'll enjoy this show, and that's the truth.
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April 15, 2004 | By Ron Reid INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Penn Relays track and field carnival, that venerable rite of the Philadelphia spring, will start its three-day thrill show for the 110th time a week from today at Franklin Field. Given a break from the drenching rain that probably spurred new interest in ark-building yesterday, the nation's oldest relay meet will offer 33 hours of competition for almost 22,000 athletes in 336 events, possibly before a record crowd. "Interest in the Relays spikes in every Olympic year, and this one should be no different," meet director Dave Johnson said yesterday at a news conference.
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April 5, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Zach Johnson coasted through 10 holes before the trouble started. After getting five birdies earlier, simply making par was difficult. Four bogeys in five holes, and suddenly, his five-shot lead was down to two. "I was just trying to make pars," he said. "There is a danger in that, but on this golf course, par is a good score. " The PGA Tour rookie righted himself in time and held on to win the BellSouth Classic in Duluth, Ga., yesterday despite that rough stretch on the back nine.
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April 28, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Gone are the days when Dave Johnson could recite every significant track and field record - high schools, colleges, Olympics - off the top of his head. "Now," he said, laughing, "I commit to memory where I can look them up. " Johnson has not terminated his passion for track. Hardly. It's that he has found it necessary to channel that passion into different areas since becoming the Penn Relays director last year (first on an interim basis, now entrenched). Saturday at Franklin Field, a sun-splashed crowd of 46,216 roared as a comebacking Mary Slaney, 38, ran the mile in 4 minutes, 26.10 seconds . . . And as Villanova's women (anchored by Krestena Sullivan)
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October 24, 1996 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Directing the Penn Relays was not Dave Johnson's lifetime ambition. Not until Jim Tuppeny retired almost 10 years ago did Johnson start thinking seriously about the job. "When 'Tupp' retired, I thought this would be an interesting job someday," Johnson said yesterday, after he moved from the Relays' interim director to director. "When you're younger, it's not the kind of job you think about. You don't grow up wanting to be a meet director. " Johnson was associate director of the prestigious annual track and field carnival for seven years.
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April 29, 1996 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Save for a few hours on Saturday, when the sun took out some of the bite, the weather was cold and windy. Rain and a power outage created problems, and too many Franklin Field security people came on too strong with the public. But like so many of its storied predecessors, the 102d running of the Penn Relays was a marvelous success for a lot of athletes and coaches, and one thrilling track and field show for the record three-day crowd of 86,032. For the smooth operation of the nation's biggest, oldest and best-attended relay carnival, when it had every reason to suffer a major breakdown, Dave Johnson deserved a hand from participants and audience alike.
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January 15, 1996 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a decision that should guarantee the continued smooth operation of the Penn Relays, Dave Johnson was named interim director of the nation's oldest and biggest track and field relay carnival yesterday. Johnson, the associate director of the Relays since 1989, succeeds Tim Baker, who recently resigned as meet director after more than a year of feuding with Steve Bilsky, the Penn athletic director, over salary and other financial matters. No details were given as to Johnson's salary, or the support he would be given in his new role.
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August 7, 1992 | By Larry Eichel, INQUIRER OLYMPICS BUREAU
After all the hype, Dave couldn't deliver the goods. Hampered by what he described as a stress fracture in his right ankle, Dave Johnson, co-star of the ubiquitous Dan and Dave commercials for Reebok shoes, limped home with the bronze medal in the Olympic decathlon yesterday. And in the ultimate irony, the winner, Czechoslovakia's Robert Zmelik, turned out to be a Reebok man, too. Johnson, who conducted post-event interviews with an American flag draped around his shoulders, said the injury cost him 400 or 500 points.
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