27 Feb '13, 2pm

Nike's Employee Number One

Nike's Employee Number One

Jeff Johnson is on his way to the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, but instead of taking a first-class flight--which, as Nike's first-ever employee 48 years ago, he most likely could afford--he prefers to drive there from his Lebanon, N.H., home. Armed with a lifetime's worth of running memories and 700 miles left to get to Eugene, Ore., he picks up a reporter in his gray Subaru at the Salt Lake City Airport. Flashing a teeth-baring grin, the white-haired Johnson still dons the Swoosh from head (his sunglasses) to toe (his beloved Nike Free 3.0s, which are no longer made, but as luck would have it, he found along the way at a factory outlet store in Iowa). Johnson, 70, is the kind of guy who sets out on a 3,050-mile trip without making a single hotel reservation or mapping out any stopping points along the route west. Though he carries a cell phone in the car, he insists that he ...

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