Dean Johnson’s career in advertising began as an intern at an ad agency upon graduation from high school in 1950. He worked at the agency while attending art school at night where he studied design.

During his time in the Service (U.S. Army, 1953-1956) he was sent to photo school and was a photographer for Stars & Stripes and other newspapers in Germany for nearly two years. During that time more than 250 of his photos were published – many over the wire services – AP and UP, some in Saturday Evening Post.

Six years of evening school on the GI Bill at a Fairleigh Dickinson University he focused on Business and Marketing – a very useful supplement to his graphics training.

Dean has published 7 books – a 6 volume series titled American Table Tennis Players of the Classic Age, 1931-1966, which were co-authored with Tim Boggan; and an autobiography: How the Years passed By. His upcoming book, A Table for Two, is a reference to his experiences with the sport of table tennis which dates back to 1957.

During his 60+ year business career, 40 years were spent operating his own ad agency.

Dean’s current activities in table tennis focus on promoting the health benefits of the sport to seniors and school students. In coordination with the charity, PingPongGives, he gives demonstrations at senior centers and schools throughout Hampton Roads and he’s on the Board of Directors of the Charity.

One of the goals of his upcoming book is to carry the message of the many health benefits of table tennis to a wider audience and to keep alive the legacy of the golden age of table tennis and the super talents of the game who contributed to it.

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Awards & Achievements

  • Induction, U.S. Table Tennis Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Named Ambassador Extraordinaire by the City of Virginia Beach, 2011
  • Tidewater Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
  • Table Tennis Charity Foundation award for “hard work, dedication and patience in the interest of the charity,” 2018
  • 3-time U.S. Men’s Senior Doubles Champion

On the Blog

Part I of a series, Dick Miles

Part I of a series, Dick Miles

How the story of “A Table For Two” is part of the history of published books about the sport of table tennis dating back to 1902. Dick Miles June12, 1925 - October 12, 2010 Dick Miles began playing table tennis on his mother’s dining table at the age of 12. He won his...

Louis ‘Lou’ Pagliaro was born on May 5, 1919

Louis ‘Lou’ Pagliaro was born on May 5, 1919

Pagliaro was an American table tennis player who won the United States national championship on four occasions, including three consecutive years in the 1940s. His small stature — he was just over five-feet tall and weighed under 120 pounds in his prime — had an...

Solomon Joseph Schiff was born on June 28, 1917.

Solomon Joseph Schiff was born on June 28, 1917.

Sol Schiff was an American table tennis player from New York. From 1937 to 1947 he won four gold medals in doubles and team events at the World Table Tennis Championships. The four World Championship medals included two gold medals, one in doubles with Jimmy McClure...