Don Johnson
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  • Muskegon, MI
  • United States
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Current Home {City, ST}
Muskegon, MI
Attended HP {No, Attended, or Graduate}
High School Graduation Year {yyyy}
June, January, or August
Elementary Schools Attended
Walter Scott
Education after High School
Northeastern Illinois University
Kids {Name, Birth Year; ...}
Hiram (1966) Sydney (1985)
“So, DeeJay, what ya been doing for the last 30 years?” … - Archie Ward Julien, September 2003.

Okay, so I managed to graduate in the summer of 1964. Just needed one class…. No, I don’t know why someone with my lack of understanding in mathematical concepts would take Trig and Solid Geometry in his last semester as a senior in high school. DUMB! Anyway, that gives you some idea of my approach to life and the rest of the world. Let me offer my unconditional thanks to all of you that helped me survive while I tried to learn how to make it on my own. THANK YOU!

From Hyde Park, I went to Loop Jr., a complete waste of the school’s time; I just wasn’t ready.  But, I was smart enough to get a job cutting tool and die steel after selling records at Lyon and Healy and working in the mail room at Combined Insurance Company of America.   As I was married and had a son in 1966, the United States Government decided not to absorb any more problems and left me to my own devices. I discovered mainframe computers and found a night job at Zenith Radio.  From there, I managed to get hired at the City of Chicago DataCenter, which was a good thing. I worked nights, weekends and holidays, lost wife No. 1, but started to grow-up. I left the employ of the City for the Illinois Central R.R., and due to a good decision on my part, wound up working at what is now the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association as a traveling EDP Operations Management auditor.

The next few years found me back at school to get a degree (like I said, good people have helped me all my life) and moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and Jackson, Mississippi. Lost wife No. 2 in Jackson; not a very good place for mixed marriages at that time.

Then, 1987 found me back in Chicago, where I was introduced (there’s that thing about people in my life helping me again) to the woman I would be lucky enough to marry, much later. In 1989, I went into business with Irmgard (the beautiful woman to whom I was introduced) selling desktop computers.  Later years find us also starting a business in Muskegon, Michigan, where we do automotive kitting and packaging and assembly,

We have two children, Hiram Pratt Johnson a toy designer, and Sydney Janelle Johnson who works for Hamilton-Sundstrand and attends Rockford College. 

I still ride motorcycles and like toy trains (Lionel, MTH, ATLAS-O etc.); and life, thanks to all of you, has been very good. will get to me if you want to reach out.

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At 10:34am on February 28, 2013, Peg Davis said…

Hi DJ:

Hope you can make it to the reunion. Drop me a note at

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