Curtis Johnson

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Curtis Johnson
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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In Seattle, WA USA
Occupation Retired Technical Writer
Children None ... yet!
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I worked in Chicago in publishing, and then in 1981, I got fed up with the heat in summer and the snow in winter and talked a friend into moving out west with me. We chose Seattle because we'd both been out there to visit, me with the Chicago Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corps for a national competition in August 1963.

I started out in legal textbook publishing, but then got a job as a technical editor at Microsoft. Eventually, I wanted to move up to being a writer, but that was very hard to do then.

So, in 1986, I quit and worked for Boeing as a technical writer, free lance. When that contract was up, I took jobs working on documentation at a bank and then back at Microsoft. In March 1990, Microsoft hired me as a full-time technical writer.

In December 1999, I retired and have been enjoying life and my various pursuits ever since. What are those pursuits? Here are some:

* Created and manage a website for a non profit group.
* Travel a lot -- went to the Paris Air Show in June 2013.
* Play snare drum and march with a drumming group in Seattle called 2nd Wind.
* Jog and work out with weights 6 days per week.
* Enter mid-distance running races (Since turning 60, I've won one 10-K race in Montreal and a 5K race in Copenhagen).
* Read voraciously -- love a good coffee house on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee and a good book to read.
* Stay on top of technology, both with my computer and cell phone and with my car, with the latest gadgets.

That's for starters. . . .

School Story

We'd come back into Miriam Tunison's junior English class after a lunch break. Stan Hegberg and this girl, whose name I can't remember, were goofing around. Suddenly, Stan said loudly, "Now listen here, sister!"

Then I piped up: "Sister? Sister? If she were MY sister, I'd take her out in the woods and .... [pause] .... shoot her!"

Everybody, including Miss Tunison, cracked up laughing. When the laughter had died down, Miss Tunison said, "Boy, that sure was a pregnant pause!"

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Jun 06, 2019 at 7:33 PM

 

John (nicknamed "Curly") lived two doors from me on Sexton Drive. We met when we were 5 years old, pulling our red wagons behind us. We both loved story-telling and writing and drawing comic books, for which I got in trouble in class at Jefferson Junior High. We were best friends all the way through grade school (first class to start in kindergarten and finish in sixth grade). 

I lost track of him when I went to college after graduating from East High. I'm glad to read that he had a fulfilling life.

I never knew he served in the Army, stationed in Korea. I"m not surprised to read that he always loved reading and writing (as do I). I'm impressed that he got several comic books published and a novel as well. We certainly had plenty of practice telling stories to each other, chapter by chapter as we walked to school and even as we walked to downtown Rockford.

Rest in peace, Curly.

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Posted on: Apr 24, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Hi, Neva. So you live in Honolulu? Very nice. I'm envious. Sorry you missed the Phantom Regiment's 60th anniversary bash. We had a great time. Very few of us left from the original corps. I heard Jack died a while ago. So sorry to hear that news.

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Hugh, it was great seeing you a couple years ago at the 50th. What a coincidence we were seated right next to each other at the formal banquet. Take care!

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Very sorry to hear about Stan. He was a friend of mine in high school and we shared a few classes together, as well as sharing a table in study hall in the cafeteria. Nice guy, died too soon. Rest in Peace, my friend.

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Getting ready for a parade in Edmonds, Washington, July 4, 2013.

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Lining up for a parade in Rockford, 1967, in front of the Christianson Funeral Home. Yikes!

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Posted on: Jun 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Hi, John. Thank you for all the hard work putting this great site together and organizing the reunion festivities. One question: Are you related to Stan Hegberg? I thought maybe you were cousins. I see he's not registered his profile nor is he in the list of people attending the reunion. I guess if you'd known something about him you would have posted it. Anyway, Stan was a classmate of mine and a friend.

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Me in the captain's seat of a 787 Dreamliner, Paris Air Show, June 2013.