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Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson, one of the premier early television collectors in the country, died recently in Chicago. When I began collecting in the late 90s, Dave was the first collector I met. He went out of his way to help me with my first project, a RCA TRK-12, even selling me a good 12AP4, something I'm sure he could have used for his own collection. Over the years Dave was always willing to offer advice, opinions, and information from his vast knowledge of early television. His presentations at the Early Television Conventions were always interesting and informative.

I'll miss Dave - as I'm sure the entire collecting community will.

Here is a something from Dave Bart:

It is with deep sadness that I report on the passing of David Johnson this weekend. Dave was a former President and current Board Member of the Antique Radio Club of Illinois who had battled Lymphoma over the past few years. Dave was a regular at all ARCI events. He loved the hobby and was widely respected for his radio and television collection and his research into early television history. He was scheduled to be one of our speakers at Radiofest 2007.

Dave won the Antique Wireless Association's Taylor Award for the Preservation of Television History and he made many presentations to the AWA and the Early Television Foundation. The full text of his obituary from the Chicago Tribune is shown below. Please join ARCI and me in offering your condolences to David's wife Mary and their family. Please forward this notice to all who may be interested in the passing of this valued member of our collecting community.

David Bart
ARCI President

And the obituary in the May 28 issue of the Chicago Tribune:

David B. Johnson, age 62, resident of Downers Grove, IL for five years, beloved husband of Mary, nee Jaterka; loving father of Karl Johnson, Lisa (Timothy) Koopman and Scott (Karla) Oswald; cherished grandfather of Scott, Colin, Tyler and Carissa; dear son of the late Edward and Olga Johnson; loving brother of Keith (Joyce) Johnson and Vernon (Dorothy) Johnson; fond uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Member of the Antique Radio Club, NSCA and Midwest Nostalgia Superstock Racing Society. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 30, 2007 from 2 to 9 p.m. Service Wednesday pending at Toon Funeral Home, 4920 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lymphoma Society. Info 630-968-0408 or www.toonfuneralhome.com.