Tommy Bartlett - The Man, The Legend
Tommy Bartlett is a household name. When you think Tommy Bartlett, you think skiing in Wisconsin Dells. Bartlett had an illustrious entertainment career spanning more than 70 years. His roots were in broadcasting. He started at age 13 working for WISN radio in his hometown of Milwaukee. He later moved on to television where, during a broadcast, he saw a water-ski show that became his inspiration.
Tommy Bartlett Show EvolutionThroughout its history, Bartlett’s water extravaganza has continually evolved, combining choreography, famous entertainers, amazing stunts and state-of-the-art sound and visual technologies. It is the longest-running, live, outdoor entertainment show of its kind. Tommy Bartlett created good, wholesome family-friendly entertainment. He brought it to the Dells and shared it with the world. More than 20 million spectators have experienced the vision of Tommy Bartlett at the Wisconsin Dells family show.
In 1993, after years of dedication to the sport, Bartlett, at age 79, was inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame in Cypress Gardens, Florida. Ironically, he only ever water-skied once in his life – on his 70th birthday. Bartlett passed away in 1998. He was 84.
By: Tommy Bartlett Staff