5 REASONS TO LOVE RON JOHNSON
1. He had an entrepreneurial spirit.
Aside from Jaleesa running her temp agency out of Colonel Taylor's living room, Ron was Hillman's only consistent entrepreneur. He was your friendly neighborhood Hustle-Man. From starting Shake Me, Wake Me his personal alarm clock service to opening up a full service night club "The Place Where The Blues Will Be Played" Ron was the Diddy of Hillman while Diddy was an intern. Ron Johnson could have returned to Detroit after graduation and assumed his rightful place in his father's booming auto dealership but he chose to chase his dreams instead. Ron had options, but he preferred playing the drums for cash outside of The Pit over giving up. Ron was braver than most of us.
2. He was disciplined.
Ron wasn't Dwayne's leaching friend by a long shot. He possessed focus just not always toward his academic pursuits. He was an involved Army ROTC cadet, son'd Dwayne during a weekend in the wilderness and later earned Cadet of the Year. He was also depicted as being a standout when fake pledging a fake fraternity Kappa Lambda Nu and mature enough to instill brotherhood in Colonel Taylor's ponytail wearing son Terrence when he fake pledged. We can't forget that Ron and Dwayne were both girl-crazy in the beginning, Ron just didn't find his Whitley until the very last season... that's the only difference. When the time came for Ron to choose an item to place into the 1990 Hillman time capsule he chose a condom. On the surface it seemed shallow until he delivered a concise speech about preventing AIDS, teen pregnancy and a host of other things safe sex can ward off, his message was responsibility. You can describe Ron as a womanizer (arguably) but you can't say that he did so in complete disregard of women's health nor did he assess their value by their virtue. Respek.
3. He was loyal.
Ron was the definition of a friend. From the time he blocked ALL of Byron's groomsmen when Dwayne decided to sh*t on Whitley's wedding, to when Ron was on line for Kappa Lambda Nu and Dwayne quit because he couldn't handle Ron getting all of the kudos. Ron didn't hold it against him for being jealous or leaving him hanging. Ron didn't hold it against Dwayne when his uppity negro friend from UPenn visited campus and tried to convince him to stop being friends with Ron AND transfer from Hillman. He also gave Dwayne the idea for his educational video game that allowed him to move to Japan as a developer and didn't ask for anything in return.
4. He worked smart, not hard.
Dwayne got a perfect score on his math SAT's and Kim Reese was as intelligent as they come, yet they all ended up at Hillman with Ron Johnson. Hillman was depicted as a top tier college so getting in couldn't have been easy. Ron exerted the amount of energy necessary to graduate in 9 semesters which left time for his band, and chasing women all across campus. Arguably he made the most use of his tuition dollars because he didn't miss out on a single college experience being held up in the library and graduated before Hillman royalty, Whitley Gilbert. Remember, D's get degrees. He always had aspirations to be a business man so if grad school wasn't on his radar he made the best use of his time. Hard work for the sake of hard work isn't self-serving.
5. He was s stand up guy.
Remember that one episode where Ron dated a woman with a small child. Yeah, Ron was ready and willing to play Daddy if things worked out with the mother whom he had just met. He even turned down a Heavy D concert to play house until his date encouraged him to go enjoy himself. Ron was an early 20-something nobly ready to take responsibility for a situation that was honestly out of his league. Also, let's go back to the time Gina was in an abusive relationship. Once the women on campus, thankfully, figured it out and word spread to Ron Johnson, he was ready to kick Dion's ass on her behalf. It may not have been the most progressive approach but it's one I respect. Ron was pretty protective of the women at Hillman when he wasn't trying to have sex with them but he was also protective of his Blackness. I can appreciate a guy who isn't afraid to point out how Black people are superior even in the face of three mayo bros from a rival college. He was woke on the lowest of keys.
He was charismatic.
Ron made you laugh. That's why Kim gave him a chance and why Freddie forsook her beloved Hotep bae Shazza Zulu. He invented the #shootyourshot lifestyle when it came to women and music, his two greatest passions and for some reason you always rooted for him to win.
He had style.
Air Jordans and glasses aren't specific to Dwayne Dwayne. Ron didn't shy away from flare from his porkpie hat to his bomb ass barber, Ron was a trendsetter.