Charles Foster Johnson

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Charles Foster Johnson (born April 13, 1953) is an American blogger, software developer, and former jazz guitarist.[1] He has played on 29 albums. He blogs on Little Green Footballs.


Charles Johnson was born in New York and raised in Hawaii. He launched his first career (as a jazz guitarist) in the mid-1970s. Extensive recording credits include at least three albums that went gold: Reach For It by George Duke, School Days by Stanley Clarke, and Live in London by Al Jarreau. He was a member of Richard Page and Steve George's pre-Mr. Mister band, Pages and is featured on the band's biggest hit "I Do Believe in You."

He later co-founded CodeHead Technologies,[2] which marketed productivity and desktop publishing software (mostly hand-coded in assembly language) for the Atari ST computer. In 2001, Johnson founded a web design firm called "Little Green Footballs" with his brother Michael. Little Green Footballs began as a testbed on the company's website.

Johnson was raised Roman Catholic but now considers himself an agnostic.[3]

Johnson is a co-founder of Pajamas Media, selling his stake in 2007.[4][5]

Killian memos[edit]

Charles Johnson's animated GIF comparison of purported 1970s era typewritten Killian memos with 2004-era MS Word document using default settings

Johnson, and other bloggers, gained attention during the 2004 U.S. presidential election for their role in questioning the authenticity of several memos purporting to document irregularities in George W. Bush's National Guard service record. (See Killian documents and Killian documents authenticity issues.) CBS news anchor Dan Rather presented the memos as authentic in a September 8, 2004 report on 60 Minutes Wednesday, two months before the vote. Days after the broadcast, Johnson alleged the documents, supposedly typewritten in 1973, could have been created easily on a modern computer using Microsoft Word.[6]



  1. ^ Brendan Bernhard (February 3, 2005). "The Blogger Who Helped to Dislodge Dan Rather". The New York Sun. Retrieved July 12, 2007. 
  2. ^ John Eidsvoog (June 6, 1991). "The Story of CodeHead Software". Retrieved October 15, 2006. 
  3. ^ Gil Ronen (April 29, 2004). "At Israel's Right". Arutz Sheva Israel National News. Retrieved October 15, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Conservative in Liberal Hands". 
  5. ^ Hillel Aron (December 4, 2009). "Charles Johnson And His Little Green Footballs: Holding Down The Center". Neon Tommy, online publication of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ Charles Johnson (September 9, 2004). "Bush Guard Documents: Forged". Little Green Footballs. Retrieved June 15, 2018. 

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