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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson is the pop culture critic for the Chicago Tribune and writes the Sunday Web Spin column.

In a 20-plus-year career, Mr. Johnson has written columns for the paper about the Internet and popular culture, the media and family life. Most extensively, he spent almost a decade as the Tribune's TV critic, much of the time spent watching old "Who's the Boss" episodes in preparation for a (still-unpublished) reevaluation of the oeuvre of Tony Danza. He has also been a news and features writer for various sections at the Tribune.

Mr. Johnson was born in Chicago and grew up in New Hampshire, where, in an act that has left him with no residual bitterness, he was not select...
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Steve Johnson is the pop culture critic for the Chicago Tribune and writes the Sunday Web Spin column.

In a 20-plus-year career, Mr. Johnson has written columns for the paper about the Internet and popular culture, the media and family life. Most extensively, he spent almost a decade as the Tribune's TV critic, much of the time spent watching old "Who's the Boss" episodes in preparation for a (still-unpublished) reevaluation of the oeuvre of Tony Danza. He has also been a news and features writer for various sections at the Tribune.

Mr. Johnson was born in Chicago and grew up in New Hampshire, where, in an act that has left him with no residual bitterness, he was not selected for his high school's yearbook staff. He nonetheless earned a degree from Brown University and served internships at the Orlando Sentinel and the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.

In his spare time, Mr. Johnson enjoys Texas music, pickup basketball, and writing about himself in the third person, with an honorific.
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  • 'Bossypants' an entertaining but safe foray into Fey's life

    Tina Fey doesn't tell a lot of stories on herself, not really, in her new book "Bossypants," which is actually bits of so many books that it could be placed fairly in Memoirs, Management, Women's studies, Comedy, or that section where they give you book club recommendations. (This assumes that you can find a non-shuttered bookstore.)
  • Ticked-off Sue's eyeing you, bud

    Ticked-off Sue's eyeing you, bud
    It is, apparently, lonely at the top of the list of the world's most intact Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons. So for the 10th anniversary of Sue's exhibit debut at the Field Museum, the museum has procured some company for her: four life-size, interactive...

    Reopened Santa's Village feeds nostalgia

    Reopened Santa's Village feeds nostalgia
    It is probably not accurate and certainly not provable to say Phil Wenz willed Santa's Village back into being. But it's not a crazy thing to believe either. After the northwest suburban amusement park closed in May 2006, Wenz helped organize the auction...

    'Change agent' for the Field Museum

    'Change agent' for the Field Museum
    In choosing controversial former University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere as its likely next chief executive, the Field Museum has opted for a "change agent," according to the man hiring him, and a "gentleman with elbows," according to one of...

    'Sex at Dawn' at University of Chicago

    'Sex at Dawn' at University of Chicago
    It'll be after dusk, but researcher Christopher Ryan will nonetheless discuss his book, "Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality," at 7 p.m. Thursday in a free event at the University of Chicago. Ryan's book, a bestseller praised highly...