Ben Johnson (American sprinter)
Benjamin Washington Johnson was an American sprinter, considered a serious rival to Jesse Owens. Known as the "Columbia Comet", Johnson was the United States champion at 100 yards in 1938. Injury and the outbreak of the Second World War denied him the chance of competing in the Olympics. In life he became one of the first African-American colonels in the United States Army. Born in Virginia, Johnson moved with his mother from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, to Plymouth, about 1929. Johnson attended Plymouth High School. In May 1930, he and his teammates competed in the state finals at Altoona, where Johnson placed third in the 220 yard dash. Johnson first achieved track success as a junior, breaking state records at 220 yards, he was invited to take part at the 1932 United States Olympic Trials but declined the offer because of the cost of travel. However, the local Plymouth townsfolk raised the funds to pay for his trip, calling it the "Ben Johnson Olympic Fund". At the trials themselves he was eliminated in a heat of the 200 yards.
After graduating from Plymouth High School, Johnson entered Columbia University, where he majored in political science, while competing as a member of the Columbia Lions track team. During the 1935 season, Johnson won the AAU indoor title at 60 meters, equaling Jesse Owens's world best time of 6.6 seconds set earlier in the day. However, injury curtailed the remainder of the season. In 1936, the Olympic year, he was injured in the AAU Championships a week before the Olympic Trials. In 1937 at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics outdoor championships, now known by the moniker "The Columbia Comet", won titles as 100 yards, 220 yards, the long jump - the first athlete in the twentieth century to do so; that year he won the NCAA 220 yard title. In 1938, at the Millrose Games, he won the 60 yard title in a reputed new world's best time of 6.0 seconds. However, the time was not accepted and so he had to be content with being credited with a time of 6.1 s equaling the world's best time up to that point.
In 1938, he claimed his third AAU indoor title at 60 yards, having won in 1935 and 1937. Johnson won the 100 yards in the AAU Championships in 1938. In the AAU championships, he was 6th in 1936, 2nd in 1937 and 5th in 1939; as a result of such runs, in the 1938 season he was considered the world's pre-eminent sprinter. His season was curtailed by him suffering from a bout of measles. After graduation from college, Johnson worked as a teacher at the Bordertown Manual Training School, he joined the United States Army in 1942 reaching the rank of Colonel—one of the first African-Americans to do so. He left the army in 1968 to resume his education, earning a master's degree from Maryland University. Afterwards, Johnson lived at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he worked as a bureau director for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, heading the department's affirmative action program, he died in December survived by his granddaughter, Lauren Johnson. His only child, Norbert Carl Benjamin Johnson, had died earlier that year.
In 1971, Johnson was elected a member of the inaugural class of the Wyoming Valley Sports Hall of Fame. In 1985, Johnson was inducted into the inaugural class of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. In 2006, Ben Johnson was a member of the inaugural class of the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame. Ben Johnson at Find a Grave
Ben Johnson (artist)
Ben Johnson is a British painter, known for his series of large, detailed cityscapes. Ben Johnson was born in Llandudno, Wales, in 1946, he studied at the Royal College of Art and has lived and worked in London since 1965. His first solo exhibition was at the Wickesham Gallery, New York, in 1969 after graduating from the Royal College, he is known for his paintings based on architectural spaces and his large-scale, intricately detailed cityscape paintings, which include panoramas of Hong Kong, Zürich, Liverpool and, most his view of London, completed as part of a residency at the National Gallery, London, in 2010. Over the past 46 years he has exhibited in galleries and museums across the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. At the first Venice Architecture Biennale in 1991, Norman Foster portrayed his work through Johnson's images, before Johnson's work was included in Foster's installation at the 2012 biennale, his work is part of a travelling exhibition touring museum venues in Europe, the first retrospective exhibition of his paintings was scheduled to open in September 2015 at the Southampton City Museum and Art Gallery.
He has undertaken commissions for the Royal Institute of British Architects, the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool as well as for IBM, HSBC, JP Morgan, British Steel, Hong Kong Telecommunications amongst others. His work is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; as of 2014, Johnson has been exploring the ageing and scarring of architecture and, in tandem, investigating geometry and the sacred embodied in Islamic architecture. A second solo exhibition at Alan Cristea Gallery opened in May 2014. In October 2015, Johnson collected an honorary fellowship from Wrexham’s Glyndŵr University; the Liverpool Cityscape comprises 170 hectares of a near bird's - eye perspective. It encompasses several thousand individual buildings and took Johnson and up to 11 assistants 24,000 person hours to complete it. In making The Liverpool Cityscape, Johnson explored the city, considered alternative viewpoints, consulted with architects and historians, as well as the people of Liverpool, absorbed the city’s distinctive atmosphere.
Thousands of detailed drawings were produced before the execution of the painting in minute detail. During February and March 2008 over 51,000 people came to see Ben work on the painting at the Walker Art Gallery in a specially created studio. A live web-cam showing his residency in the Walker was set up to enable the World to watch the creation of the painting online; the resulting exhibition had over 250,000 visits. The Liverpool Cityscape is permanently on display in the Skylight Gallery of the new Museum of Liverpool. Whilst at the Royal College of Art, Johnson met Sheila Kellehar, whom he married; the couple has two sons Jamie Jay Charlie Johnson. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam The British Council, London The Contemporary Arts Society, London De Beers/CSO Collection, London Royal Institute of British Architects, London Glasgow Museums, Glasgow Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris Victoria & Albert Museum, London Deutsche Bank British Petroleum Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London Special Administrative Regional Government of Hong Kong, New Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Regional Services Council Museum, Hong Kong Museum of London The British Museum The Government Art Collection 2015 "Spirit of Place: Paintings from 1969 to the present", Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton 2014 "Time Past, Time Present", Alan Cristea Gallery, London, 2014 2010-11 "Modern Perspectives", National Gallery, London 2010 “Ben Johnson Paintings,” Alan Cristea Gallery, London 2008 "Ben Johnson's Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series," Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2008 Artist in Residence, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2002 "Still Time," Blains Fine Art, London 2001 "Jerusalem, The Eternal City," Chester Beatty Museum, Dublin 2012-14 Travelling exhibition: “Photorealism” Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany.
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Ben Johnson (politician)
Ben Johnson was an American lawyer and politician. Born near Bardstown in Nelson County, Kentucky, his father was William Johnson, state senator and a Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. His mother, was a member of the committee that selected the design of the Confederate flag. After prep school he went to St. Mary's College, in Marion County and graduated in June 1878, he transferred to the Louisville Law University and graduated in 1882. That same year he was admitted to the bar and he began practicing law in Bardstown, he was elected to the Kentucky State House of Representatives in 1885 and again in 1887. Johnson served as Kentucky speaker of the house in 1887. On July 10, 1893 he was appointed as a collector of internal revenue for the fifth district of Kentucky by President Grover Cleveland, he served this post until August 10, 1897. Johnson was elected in 1905 as a member of the Kentucky State senate and served until he resigned, November 5, 1906, upon his election the U. S. House of Representatives.
He served as a Representative from Kentucky, as a Democrat, to 10 straight congresses, Sixtieth through Sixty-ninth. Johnson served as chairman for the Committee on District of Columbia, served as a delegate at large to the Democratic National Conventions in 1912 and 1920. In 1926 he decided to return to Bardstown and practice law again, he refused to be a candidate for the nomination that year; the following March he returned home after 20-years in Washington D. C. Johnson is interred in St. Joseph's Cemetery, his House, the Ben Johnson House, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Klotter, James C. and John W. Muir. "Boss Ben Johnson, the Highway Commission, Kentucky Politics, 1927-1937." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 84: 18-50. United States Congress. "Ben Johnson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Benjamin Jonson was an English playwright, poet and literary critic, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the comedy of humours, he is best known for the satirical plays Every Man in His Humour, Volpone, or The Fox, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair and for his lyric and epigrammatic poetry. "He is regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of James I."Jonson was a classically educated, well-read and cultured man of the English Renaissance with an appetite for controversy whose cultural influence was of unparalleled breadth upon the playwrights and the poets of the Jacobean era and of the Caroline era. In midlife, Jonson claimed that his paternal grandfather, who'served King Henry 8 and was a gentleman', was a member of the extended Johnston family of Annandale in the Dumfries and Galloway, a genealogy, attested by the three spindles in the Jonson family coat of arms: one spindle is a diamond-shaped heraldic device used by the Johnston family.
Jonson's father lost his property, was imprisoned, suffered forfeiture under Queen Mary. Jonson's mother married a master bricklayer two years later. Jonson attended school in St Martin's Lane. A family friend paid for his studies at Westminster School, where the antiquarian, historian and officer of arms, William Camden was one of his masters. In the event, the pupil and the master became friends, the intellectual influence of Camden's broad-ranging scholarship upon Jonson's art and literary style remained notable, until Camden's death in 1623. On leaving Westminster School, Jonson was to have attended the University of Cambridge, to continue his book learning but did not, because of his unwilled apprenticeship to his bricklayer stepfather. According to the churchman and historian Thomas Fuller, Jonson at this time built a garden wall in Lincoln's Inn. After having been an apprentice bricklayer, Ben Jonson went to the Netherlands and volunteered to soldier with the English regiments of Francis Vere in Flanders.
The Hawthornden Manuscripts, of the conversations between Ben Jonson and the poet William Drummond of Hawthornden, report that, when in Flanders, Jonson engaged and killed an enemy soldier in single combat, took for trophies the weapons of the vanquished soldier. After his military activity on the Continent, Jonson returned to England and worked as an actor and as a playwright; as an actor, Jonson was the protagonist “Hieronimo” in the play The Spanish Tragedy, by Thomas Kyd, the first revenge tragedy in English literature. Moreover, by 1597, he was a working playwright employed by Philip Henslowe, the leading producer for the English public theatre. Regarding his marriage Jonson described his wife to William Drummond as "a shrew, yet honest"; the identity of Jonson's wife has always been obscure, yet she sometimes is identified as "Ann Lewis", the woman who married a Benjamin Jonson in 1594, at the church of St Magnus-the-Martyr, near London Bridge. Concerning the family of Anne Lewis and Ben Jonson, the St. Martin's Church registers indicate that Mary Jonson, their eldest daughter, died in November 1593, at six months of age.
A decade in 1603, Benjamin Jonson, their eldest son, died of Bubonic plague when he was seven years old. Moreover, 32 years a second son named Benjamin Jonson, died in 1635. In that period, Ann Lewis and Ben Jonson lived separate lives for five years. By summer 1597, Jonson had a fixed engagement in the Admiral's Men performing under Philip Henslowe's management at The Rose. John Aubrey reports, on uncertain authority. By this time Jonson had begun to write original plays for the Admiral's Men. None of his early tragedies survive, however. An undated comedy, may be his earliest surviving play. In 1597 a play which he co-wrote with Thomas Nashe, The Isle of Dogs, was suppressed after causing great offence. Arrest warrants for Jonson and Nashe were issued by Queen Elizabeth I's so-called interrogator, Richard Topcliffe. Jonson was jailed in Marshalsea Prison and charged with "Leude and mutynous behaviour", while Nashe managed to escape to Great Yarmouth. Two of the actors, Gabriel Spenser and Robert Shaw, were imprisoned.
A year Jonson was again imprisoned, this time in Newgate Prison, for killing Gabriel Spenser in a duel on 22 September 1598 in Hogsden Fields. Tried on a charge of manslaughter, Jonson pleaded guilty but was released by benefit of clergy, a legal ploy through which he gained leniency by reciting a brief bible verse, forfeiting his'goods and chattels' and being branded on his left thumb. While in jail Jonson converted to Catholicism through the influence of fellow-prisoner Father Thomas Wright, a Jesuit priest. In 1598 Jons
Ben Johnson (outfielder)
Benjamin Joseph Johnson is an American former professional baseball player. He was a 4th round draft pick in 1999 by the St. Louis Cardinals and was traded the following year to the San Diego Padres, along with Heathcliff Slocumb for Carlos Hernández and minor leaguer Nathan Tebbs, he worked his way up to Triple-A in 2005, where he was an All-Star outfielder and the San Diego Padres Minor League Player of the Year, hitting.312 with 25 home runs. He was brought up to the majors that year and received limited playing time with the Padres, hitting.213 in 75 at-bats, and.250 with 4 home runs in 120 at-bats in 2006. He was not selected for San Diego's 2006 playoff roster, after the season ended he was traded to the New York Mets with relief pitcher Jon Adkins in exchange for relievers Heath Bell and Royce Ring. Since joining the Mets, Johnson has been shuttled up and down between New York and Triple-A New Orleans. During June, he received some playing time. Johnson was not offered a new contract by the Mets and became a free agent on December 12, 2007.
However, the Mets brought Johnson back by signing him to a minor league deal on February 14, 2008, invited him to spring training. Johnson was released by the Mets in early May 2008. In 2009, Johnson attempted a comeback from multiple injuries with the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League. Johnson made his professional managerial debut with the Arizona/Goodyear Centennials of the Freedom Pro Baseball League in 2012, he is a coach with the Durham Bulls, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2019, Johnson was named manager of the Memphis Redbirds. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference, or Retrosheet, or Sports Net, or Pura Pelota
Ben Patrick Johnson
Ben Patrick Johnson is an American voice actor and blogger, Foundation Director, human rights activist. Early in his acting career, he participated in voice-over workshops with Joan Gerber. Johnson appeared on CBS, the cable channels Nickelodeon, Starz!, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, The 101 Network, N3D and others. His voice has been used to promote movies such as Ice Age, Gulliver's Travels and the Chipmunks, Night at the Museum, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Pianist, Minority Report and Apocalypse Now and in commercials for Burger King, Kellogg's and Old Navy. In 1998, after a brief stint at E! Entertainment Television, Johnson moved to Extra's rival entertainment magazine Entertainment Tonight, where he was ET's signature voice for the next four seasons. From 1998 to 2005, he was the announcer on the syndicated court show Judge Joe Brown. Johnson's newest novel, "If the Rains Don't Cleanse", was published in August 2009 by Havenhurst Books, it is a historical novel detailing the experiences of Johnson's parents while Christian schoolteacher missionaries in Belgian Congo in the 1950s and addressing themes of Christianity and European Colonialism.
Previous novels include In and Out In Hollywood, a roman à clef about a celebrity news show anchor whose fortunes change after he comes out and Heaven, One Size Fits All, which details the excesses of a young fashion designer dressing three Best Actress nominees for the Oscars. In 2006, Johnson launched; the video blog featured celebrity friends and humor segments. Johnson's political commentaries, another staple of the webcast, upset a variety of Christian Right Organizations including The Capital Resource Institute after Johnson condemned the CRI for its position on a bill pending in the California Legislature. CRI issued a statement denouncing Johnson, Equality California, the webcast. After more than a million views on YouTube, Johnson put the show on hiatus to focus on writing and activism via Facebook and Twitter. Johnson is on the board of Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. In September 2010, Johnson wrote and produced two political TV spots for Equality California, Whitman Shame and Cooley Shame.
The ads, directed at CA Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Republican Attorney General candidate Steve Cooley, address the candidates' pledges to defend CA Prop 8 in a potential court challenge. Writing about EQCA and Johnson's ads, gay activist blogger Rex Wockner suggested that this was the first time a major LGBT organization had gone on the political offensive by playing hardball in TV ads about same-sex marriage; the Ben Patrick Johnson Foundation, launched in 2006, benefits LGBT Issues, Human Rights and Interfaith Dialogue. Shortly after its inception, the BPJ Foundation partnered with the organization Live and Give to fund housing for an elementary school in Thailand's Chiang Mai province; the Foundation passes funding to Habitat for Humanity, the micro-loan organization Kiva and Lesbian Elder Housing, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for its interfaith initiative, The Institute for Welcoming Resources. Johnson's first national exposure came in 1994 when he was chosen as co-host for Extra, an entertainment magazine show.
Extra demoted Johnson to Senior Correspondent shortly after he came out as gay in the LGBT press and on KABC Talkradio, where he had been Director of Production prior to Extra. Warner Bros. Television, the producers of Extra, declined to comment on the demotion. List of male underwear models Ben Patrick Johnson on IMDb Ben Patrick Johnson in Paragon Men, January 2011
Ben Johnson (Australian footballer)
Ben Johnson is a former professional Australian rules football player who played for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League. From the former St. Mary's, no. 62 overall. He started his career with a bang, kicking 3 goals on debut for the Magpies, however, he settled as most first-year players and struggled to play-out in consistent fashion, being dropped mid-season, he established himself as a tough running half-back who could play a key tagging role on the last line of defence. He could find his kicking that looked ordinary, was efficient. Johnson became a key player during the 2003 Grand Final seasons, he finished top 6 in the best and fairest and was recognised as a top senior player wearing Gavin Brown's number 26. He had over 300 disposals in both the seasons, played all 25 games in 2003 following 23 games in 2002. In 2004 however, he had his best year, he was a regular best player in the side, despite the Magpies loss in form, his increased. He once again played all possible games, he averaged over 17 touches.
He finished equal 2nd in the best and fairest behind winner James Clement by 5 votes, polled the most Brownlow Medal votes for the club, with 10. In 2005 he had an interrupted season, with injury concerns after a concussion mid-season, a rumoured dispute with coach Mick Malthouse, he only played 13 games, ended a 77 consecutive games streak. His 2006 season would be one of his best after a poor 2005, playing all 23 games, providing great run out of the back line, his dash was recognised early during the year, as he would be at the top of the league in metres gained. Johnson would be awarded the ANZAC Day Medal for being best on ground in the match against Essendon, despite being called "Craig Johnson" by the announcer of the medallion. Johnson continued his form through the season, giving him another second place in the Copeland Trophy and averaging more than 23 disposals, he polled 11 Brownlow Medal votes. In Round 20, 2007, Johnson received a six match suspension for making forceful front-on contact with Melbourne's Daniel Bell which ended his finals campaign.
His career was on the rocks in 2008 before rebounding to reach some of his best form in the latter stages of 2009 despite suffering a broken leg in the round three loss to Geelong. Johnson enjoyed a strong 2010 season, culminating in becoming a member of Collingwood's 15th VFL/AFL Premiership, his finals series was memorable, slotting the Magpies' seventh goal on the run, sidestepping Cameron Ling late in the first quarter of the 2010 Preliminary Final victory. He managed to nullify long-standing rival Stephen Milne in both the Grand Final and the Grand Final Replay. Johnson booted Collingwood's second goal of the Replay, was the only remaining player from Mick Malthouse's first match as coach of Collingwood. Ben Johnson retired on 15 July 2013. Following his retirement, at the beginning of 2014 Johnson presented Marley Williams with his number 26 guernsey, reenacting Gavin Brown's presentation of the guernsey to him in 2001. In August 2006 Johnson was involved in a drunken brawl outside a hotel in Port Melbourne with then-teammate Chris Tarrant.
Both players were fined $5,000 by Collingwood. Johnson was charged with recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault and appeared before a Magistrate in 2007 but avoided conviction due to his heavy involvement in community service with the TAC. Ben Johnson's profile on the official website of the Collingwood Football Club Ben Johnson's playing statistics from AFL Tables