Johnson, Philip A.

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Johnson was associated with the Aspinook Co., Griswold, Conn.; the company was involved in bleaching, dyeing, printing and finishing of cotton, linen, silk and other textiles. It ceased operations in 1937, at which time the Aspinook Corp. in Jewett City, Conn., was formed. Johnson was one of the principal underwriters of the new company and served as president and treasurer. He also worked at the Hampton Co., Easthampton, Mass., was an adviser to the federal government in the 1930's, and in 1942 was appointed to the U.S. Office of Price Administration.

From the description of [Papers]. 1893-1951. (American Textile History Museum Library). WorldCat record id: 49919679

A television broadcasting legend in New Orleans, Phil Johnson worked for nearly 40 years at the city's top-ranked CBS affiliate, WWL-TV. During his career, he served as promotion director, documentary producer, news director, assistant general manager, and editorialist. Johnson retired from WWL-TV in 1999. A graduate of New Orleans' Jesuit High School (1946) and Loyola University (1950), Johnson began his journalism career at the now defunct Item newspaper. His print experience also included a brief stint in print journalism in Chicago, and a prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1959. He would return home, at the dawn of the local television era, taking a position as promotion director at WWL-TV in 1960, just threee years after the station signed on the air. As a professional communicator, Johnson received countless honors and awards. His writing and narration of television documentaries earned him an Emmy and three George Foster Peabody Awards - the Pulitzer Prize of television: in 1970, for a documentary called "Israel: The New Frontier;" in 1972, for "China '72: A Hole in the Bamboo Curtain," which featured footage filmed by the first non-network American television news team allowed into the Communist nation in almost 25 years; and in 1982, for "The Search for Alexander." Johnson also served as a war correspondence, reporting for the station from Vietnam, Beirut, and Israel. New Orleans viewers may know him best for the 10,000 broadcast editorials he produced throughout his tenure as editorialist at WWL-TV, presenting the station's editorial opinion on local, state and national topics from 1962-1999. In 1997, Johnson was named to the New Orleans Broadcasting Hall of Fame and merited a Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers in the Press Club of New Orleans. In 1999, Johnson's alma mater, Loyola University New Orleans, awarded him its Integritas Vitae Award, the university's highest honor for an individual "with a high moral character in a lifetime of unselfish service without expectation of material reward of public recognition."

From the description of The Phil Johnson Editorials, 1962-1999. (Loyola University). WorldCat record id: 767525945

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referencedIn Simpson, Peter, 1934-2009,. Peter Simpson oral history, 2007 May 24. Jefferson County Historical Society
creatorOf Johnson, Phil. Phil Johnson, an oral history interview / conducted by Gerald D. Saxon on December 17, 1980 and January 2 and 28, 1981. Dallas Public Library, Central Library
creatorOf National Lutheran Council. Inter-Lutheran Consultation. 450th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Subject Files, 1964-1978 1964-1969. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Library, ELCA Library
creatorOf Johnson, Phil. The Broncos of fifty-four. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Thomas J. Dodd Papers, undated, 1919-1971. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
creatorOf Johnson, Philip A. [Papers]. American Textile History Museum Library
creatorOf Lutheran World Ministries (Agency). Office on Mission, Service, and Development. Subject Files, 1978-1987. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Library, ELCA Library
creatorOf Crystal Cathedral Ministries. Records, 1955-1993. Joint Archive of Holland, History Research Center
creatorOf Johnson, Phil. The Phil Johnson Editorials, 1962-1999. Loyola University (New Orleans, La.). Monroe Library
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associatedWith Crystal Cathedral Ministries. corporateBody
associatedWith Dallas Public Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Dodd, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph), 1907-1971 person
associatedWith Grand Rapids High School (Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hampton Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Lutheran World Ministries (Agency). Office on Mission, Service, and Development. corporateBody
associatedWith National Association of Finishers of Textile Fabrics. corporateBody
associatedWith National Lutheran Council. Inter-Lutheran Consultation. corporateBody
associatedWith Saxon, Gerald D. person
associatedWith Simpson, Peter, 1934-2009, person
associatedWith United States. Office of Price Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith WWL (Television station : New Orleans, La.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Connecticut--Jewett City
Bleaching industry
Dyes and dyeing
Gay men
Price regulation
Textile fabrics
Textile finishing
Textile industry
Textile printing
World War, 1939-1945


Active 1978

Active 1987



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