Fun Facts
Fun Facts About Waukesha Pewaukee

Did you know these fun facts about Waukesha Pewaukee?

  • Waukesha was home to Les Paul who invented the solid-body electric guitar, as well as the first 8-track tape recorder among other inventions; Les Paul is a Grammy award-winning artist who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Rock of Walk of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the N.J. Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame 
  • Frank Caliendo, most well known for his countless uncanny voice and physical impersonations including George W. Bush and John Madden, his live stand-up comedy act, previous cast member of MADtv and Frank TV, and current member of FOX NFL Sunday, was raised in Waukesha 
  • The BoDeans rock band, known for their biggest pop hit Closer to Free which was selected as the theme song to the TV series Party of Five and later the opening song for the movie Heavyweights, was formed in Waukesha
  • Since being drafted in 2011 as a NFL Defensive Lineman, Pewaukee native J.J. Watt has had the most solo tackles, sacks or forced fumbles than any other lineman in the league
  • Alfred Lundt attended Carroll College and went on to become a part of one of the greatest acting partnerships in American theatre with wife Lynn Fontanne 
  • The heyday of silent movies was thanks, in large part, to the efforts of Waukesha film-producing natives, the Aitken Brothers 
  • The milestone Birth of a Nation, the very first feature-length (silent) motion picture, was produced by the Aitken Brothers 
  • Mary Todd Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant came to Waukesha’s spring resorts to vacation and drink the “miracle” water 
  • Fred MacMurray attended Carroll College before becoming an actor most famously known for playing Steve Douglas on the hit TV series My Three Sons 
  • In 1916, the Waukesha Pure Food Company began production of Jiffy Jell, the predecessor of today’s Jell-O 
  • Emmy award-winning musical composer Kurt Bestor, who launched his career writing music for television and movies was born in Waukesha; his credits include more than 40 film scores, more than 40 themes for national TV programs and commercials, 16 popular CDs and a mix of live shows
  • The amazing Olympic gymnastic medalists, the Hamm brothers, hale from Waukesha; Paul Hamm is a World Champion gymnast and three-time Olympic medalist; he won the all-around competition at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games; Morgan Hamm played in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and 2004 Athens Olympic Games, winning silver in the team competition 
  • David Koepp of Pewaukee has worked as a screenplay writer on many Hollywood blockbuster films, including Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Panic Room, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Angels & Demons. His most recent film was Premium Rush and is currently working with Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5. 
  • Pewaukee Lake – the largest of 77 lakes in Waukesha County – offers the best musky fishing in southeastern Wisconsin
  • Gwen Jorgensen, a competitive triathlete won the USA’s first ever Olympic gold medal in 2016, is a Waukesha native

Fast Facts

  • In 2012 Gibson Guitar Company selected Waukesha for its eighth worldwide GuitarTown designation to honor the birth and final resting place of guitar legend Les Paul; the community arts display features artist-decorated 10-foot fiberglass sculptures and playable size Gibson Les Paul model guitars (other designated cities include Los Angeles, Cleveland, Miami, Orlando, Austin, Nashville and London)
  • In 2015  Waukesha ranked 8th on the list of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live – 24/7 Wall Street 
  • In 2012 Waukesha ranked 98th on the list of 100 Best Places to Live – Money Magazine 
  • In 2012  Waukesha was named for 100 Best Communities in the United States for Young People – America’s Promise Alliance 
  • Waukesha was named a Preserve America city by former First Lady, Laura Bush 
  • Waukesha is the seventh largest city in Wisconsin with over 70,000 residents