Good Morning America crew to tape at Lincoln celebration

When Timothy Johnson and James Lindblade were classmates at Rockford’s Lincoln Junior High, they never in their wildest dreams imagined that their friendship would generate national TV coverage for them, their school and their hometown… or that they would be sharing the spotlight with former presidential candidate John B. Anderson and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen.

ABC-TV’s Good Morning America is sending a producer and camera crew to Rockford on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to profile the lifelong friendship between the two men; the segment is scheduled to air the week of Nov. 18. Also on Wednesday, a Chicago PBS crew will visit Rockford. It’s all part of the 75th Anniversary “Restoration Celebration” of what’s now known as Lincoln Middle School Wednesday night at Cliffbreakers Conference Center in Rockford.

Dr. Timothy Johnson has been the medical commentator for ABC’s morning show ever since it debuted in 1975, and he provides on-air analysis for other ABC programs. He holds positions at Boston’s Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and has won many awards. Lindblade, his lifelong friend, is a physician at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wednesday morning, Johnson will address staff at SwedishAmerican Hospital and then students at Lincoln Middle School. After lunch at the Stockholm Inn, they’ll visit favorite boyhood sites.

Wednesday evening, Friends of Lincoln Middle School will present “Capstone Awards” to Johnson and former presidential candidate John B. Anderson and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, along with four other yet-to-be named alumni at the celebration. The mission of the “Friends” group is to celebrate the public school’s proud history, preserve and restore its unique architecture and participate in neighborhood redevelopment.

Lincoln School’s celebration begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (815) 229-2400.

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