James G. Johnson
Born on Long Island, New York. Graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 1933 with masters from Arizona State in 1941. Married to Inga with two sons and daughter. Employed as high school teacher in New Castle, Colorado; school superintendent in Moffat, Colorado; newspaper editor.
He joined the staff of Coin World November 1, 1960. His "Poor to Very Fine" column appeared November 24, 1960. The column was later titled "Fair to Very Fine." A collection of columns was published as a book Fair to Very Fine in 1978. He was the first editor of "Collector's Clearinghouse." It became a weekly column in 1963. He retired December 31, 1974. Editor of NLG Newsletter in 1975. He died in Columbus, Ohio.
obit: CW 1/20/92; NUM 105 Mar 92 page 410Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies