August 6, 1992 |
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.
March 28, 2015 |
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.
October 24, 1996 |
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.
April 5, 2004 |
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.
November 9, 2012 |
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.
April 28, 1997 |
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)
July 18, 1991 |
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.
October 16, 1986 |
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.
August 6, 1992 |
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.
August 7, 1992 |
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.