Iowa City native Nicholas Johnson's roles have included those of an academic and law professor; government official and school board member; public interest advocate; administrator, manager and corporate representative; writer, lecturer, TV and radio performer; politician; lawyer; and public health, computer and telecommunications policy specialist.
He has travelled widely, currently teaches law, and has been a columnist and public lecturer, computer enthusiast, and fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He has formerly, among many other things, served as co-director of a public health public policy institute, network TV host, congressional candidate, author of books, articles and a nationally syndicated column, FCC Commissioner, school board member, U.S. Maritime Administrator, and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
In 2009 he was included in The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law as one of 700 individuals described by the publisher as "leading figures in the history of Ameican law, from the colonial era to the present day."
He was born in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1934, the son of Wendell and Edna Johnson. In 1980 he returned from Washington, D.C., to Iowa City -- giving rise to the name of his blog, "FromDC2Iowa.blogspot.com."
Since then he has been teaching at the UI College of Law, and maintaining http://FromDC2Iowa.blogspot.com and http://www.nicholasjohnson.org.
He and his wife, Mary Vasey, have seven children, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two cats and seven fish.
For more detail see specifically the Bio at http://www.nicholasjohnson.org/about/njbio04.html
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