John Dawson

John is a correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and previously wrote for The Birmingham News. John resides in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @talkdawson.

Talk of the town

Movie | Talk to Me tells the funny, vulgar, and sad story of Petey Green
by John Dawson
Posted 8/04/07, 12:00 am

Sometimes there's a man who just fits into his time and place. In the Washington, D.C., of the 1960s, that man was Petey Green, a real-life prisoner-turned-disc jockey who cajoled himself into a job at WOL in 1966 and became a local sensation.

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Summer surrender

Sports | Trade decisions in July show whether general managers are thinking postseason or next season
by John Dawson
Posted 7/28/07, 12:00 am

Attentive baseball fans caught a small but important note in the records of baseball transactions taking place this month. Hidden in the lines? Oakland Athletics trade catcher Jason Kendall to the Chicago Cubs for catcher Rob Bowen and minor league pitcher Jerry Blevins.

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Breaking free

Movie | Rescue Dawn shows the power of perseverance and friendship
by John Dawson
Posted 7/28/07, 12:00 am

Filmmaker Werner Herzog is no stranger to the life of Dieter Dengler. Herzog's 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Learns to Fly, retold the story of Dengler's capture, torture, imprisonment, and stunning escape after his A-1 Skyraider was shot down over Laos on a secret mission in 1966.

With Rescue Dawn, a dramatic retelling of Dengler's story, Herzog employs a laser focus on Dengler's tribulations and the friendship that bears him out of his jungle prison.

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