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2003 Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

MILWAUKEE, Apr 24, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation is proud to welcome four new members to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. They will be inducted in a gala celebration, sponsored by U.S. Bank, on Thursday, June 12, 2003, at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

    The Wisconsin Hall of Fame Class of 2003 includes:

    --  Frederick "Fuzzy" Thurston, guard with Vince Lombardi's Green
        Bay Packers from 1959-1968. Thurston was key in helping the
        Pack win five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls.

    --  Mark Johnson, two-time first-team All-American hockey star.
        All-time leading goal scorer for the University of Wisconsin
        and the leading scorer on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S.
        Olympic Team. Following an outstanding 11-year NHL career,
        Johnson currently coaches in the collegiate ranks.

    --  "Stormin" Gorman Thomas, Milwaukee Brewers 11-year slugger,
        outfielder and fan favorite. Thomas hit more home runs during
        the 1978-1982 seasons than any other player in Major League

    --  Tommy Bartlett, iconic showman whose transformation of water
        sports into spectacle and entertainment became the cornerstone
        for the Wisconsin Dells tourist industry.

Thurston, Thomas and Johnson will attend the induction ceremony to personally accept their honors. Tom Diehl, of Wisconsin Dells, will accept for his former business partner and close friend, Tommy Bartlett, who died in 1998.

The 2003 Class represents the first in which Wisconsin fans were able to select a Hall of Fame member through balloting at Wisconsin's 120 U.S. Bank locations and via online voting.

More than 110 athletes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its beginning in 1951. A complete list of Hall of Fame members and ticket information for the Induction Ceremony and Dinner are located at SportsInWisconsin.com. For more information, call 608-226-4780.

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics in Wisconsin and elsewhere and is a property of the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation, a nonprofit sports management organization that operates the Badger State Games, hosts the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon and offers health education programs. For more information visit SportsInWisconsin.com

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CONTACT:          HOF
                  Diane Walder, 608/226-4780, ext 224
                  U.S. Bank
                  Lisa Clark, 608/877-7517

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