Richard B. Johnson

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Route 495 Software, LLC
Founder Richard B. Johnson
Headquarters MA, Danvers, US
Area served
Services Embedded software development
Website "A software solution provider within the I-495 beltway". 

Richard Brian Johnson is the author of the book Abominable Firebug (ISBN 0-595-38667-9), which presents his account of daily life at the Lyman School for Boys. Johnson invented the Rubber Ducky antenna[1] while attending the Lyman School for Boys. Johnson went on to a career as an engineer and inventor.[2] He also created the JMODEM file transfer protocol.[3][page needed] Mr. Johnson founded the Danvers, Massachusetts, software company, Route 495 Software, LLC, in early 2009.[4][5] Johnson is also an activist for civil rights issues, and has communicated with the President of the United States on issues involving general aviation.[6] Johnson has continued to give talks to groups interested in learning about the nation's first reform school.[7]


  1. ^ "Twenty five years of antenna wisdom, Part II". CQ, The Radio Amateur's Journal. 1980. p. 25. 
  2. ^ See U.S. Patent 5,577,026.
  3. ^ Dvorak, John C. (1989). Dvorak's Guide to PC Telecommunications. Osborne McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-881551-7. 
  4. ^ "Software company starts up in Danvers". Danvers Herald. May 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  5. ^ Forman, Ethan (June 9, 2009). "With a little help, engineer, 65, strikes out on his own". Salem News. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Clinton, William. "A letter from the White House". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. 
  7. ^ Baldwin, Kevin (October 18, 2007). "Recalling good old days at Lyman School". Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, Mass. 


  • Johnson, Richard B. (2006). Abominable Firebug: a Memoir. Lincoln: iUniverse.