Johnson tries to have a nap after practice. At 6, he has dinner, and then he studies. "I'd like to say I study," he says, "but it isn't as often as I should. Three nights of the week I study hard all night from 7 to 11. I read German here in the armchair, and then I go over to the library to do math problems. I can spread out there. Here I study, get a drink of water, talk to the guys next door." On the evenings when he isn't studying, he may drive over to St. Paul to see his girl friend, Carol Peeke, a junior at Macalester College.
Johnson turns in as soon after 11 as he can. He and Gustafson often lie awake just talking. "We have some tremendous talks," Gustafson says. "We talk about anything in general. The school, fraternity, jobs, what he thinks. He's rather quiet. You have to draw him out, but once he starts, well, he's very intelligent and quick. I knew him when he was a freshman. He was quite an awkward boy from a small town. Now with the luncheons he's attended and what not, he's polished up. I think basketball has done a lot for him."