Paul Johnson, a longtime traffic reporter for KNBC-4 TV News in Burbank, died Tuesday night of a brain tumor, family members said. He was 75.
Johnson, who reported on traffic conditions and the weather since August 1988, was popular among thousands of viewers, not just because of the topic but because he was "a genuine man" whose personality came across "loud and clear" on the television, said his wife Nancy Johnson, 54, who owns a hair salon, Shear Attitude, in Newport Beach.
The salon, in fact, was something that Johnson, a Minnesota native, bought for her four years ago, when she turned 50, she said, adding that the two had fallen in love immediately during a Special Olympics fundraiser in the summer of 2002 at the Los Coyotes Country Club in Buena Park.
An employee at the club at the time, it was Nancy's job to shuttle golfers to and from the parking lot to the registration office. When she spotted Johnson, to whom she'd long grown accustomed after seeing him on television, she could barely contain her enthusiasm.