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Wisconsin County to Honor Les Paul

November 16, 2002

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ Waukesha County’s historical society has gotten the go-ahead to turn an old courthouse into an exhibit dedicated to electric guitar pioneer Les Paul.

The Waukesha County Board has approved selling the old courthouse to the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum for $1.

``Now we can finally move forward and get on track with Les Paul,″ museum executive director Sue Baker said after Tuesday’s decision. ``We have been talking about this since March 2000, so this has been a very long time in coming.″

Paul, a native of Waukesha who now lives in New Jersey, has waited for an agreement before donating some items, Baker said.

The county’s agreement also provides $5.6 million to renovate and operate the exhibit during the next decade.

Paul, 87, is credited with inventing the solid-body electric guitar. His hits include ``Tennessee Waltz,″ ``Vaya Con Dios,″ ``Mockin’ Bird Hill″ and ``How High the Moon.″

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On the Net:

Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum Web site: http://www.waukeshacountymuseum.org/

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