Guitarist Paul donates $50K to hometown


WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Les Paul, who is credited with inventing the solid-body electric guitar, has donated $50,000 to his Wisconsin hometown.

Paul has contributed $25,000 to a local museum that is planning an exhibit honoring the 91-year-old Grammy winner. The other $25,000 was given to a hospital that served his family over the years, officials announced last week.

"It says something special about someone of Mr. Paul's stature who never forgets his roots," said Ed Olson, president of Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

The Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, which is raising money for the Les Paul exhibit, announced the combined $50,000 in donations. The museum had raised about $1 million by last summer toward its goal of $4 million.

Paul, who was born in Waukesha, now lives in New Jersey. He has donated many artifacts and memorabilia for the planned exhibit.

He developed the solid-body electric guitar in the 1940s.