As the 1945 alumni magazine article below attests, Bill “Bing” Johnson (’36) was an extremely talented individual. An engineering major from Baltimore, Johnson’s first love was performance, and he was a notable member of the university’s dramatics group, the Footlight Club. He starred on both stage and screen, though he was better known for his Broadway performances, garnering a Tony nomination for the role of “Doc” in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final musical, 1955-1956’s “Pipe Dream,” based on a John Steinbeck novel. Johnson was also a charter member of the Broadway Show League, a softball league full of Broadway stars and staffers organized in 1955. Johnson died suddenly of a heart attack in March of 1957, and the BSL created its first-ever MVP award in his name.