Johnson, Howard Dearing
- Thomas S. Dicke
Johnson, Howard Dearing (02 February 1896–20 June 1972), restaurateur and franchise pioneer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of John Hayes Johnson, a cigar wholesaler, and Olive Bell Wright. In 1902 the family moved to the village of Wollaston (now part of Boston) to enjoy the amenities of suburban life. Johnson’s parents were indulgent but demanding. His father, a firm advocate of an independent and ultravigorous lifestyle and fearful that his only son was being coddled by his mother and three sisters, took a strong hand in shaping his son’s childhood. Sometimes the results were unexpected, such as when young Johnson asserted his independence and refused to continue his formal education beyond grammar school....