Lonnie G. Johnson The Super Soaker water gun

5 things about his life

  • Johnson was born in Mobile, Ala.
  • He attended college at Tuskegee University
  • He joined the U.S. Air Force after completing his master's degree
  • Johnson began working as an engineer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1979
  • He earned multiple awards from NASA for his spacecraft control systems

Interesting facts

  • Johnson dreamed of becoming a famous inventor and, during his teenage years, began to grow more curious about the way things worked
  • Johnson's father was a World War II veteran and his mother worked as a nurse's aide
  • He also almost burned down his own house while making rocket fuel
  • He spent most of the 1980s trying to find a company willing to manufacture and market his toy


Created with images by Graham S Dean Photography - "Water guns (01)"

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