‘I know you think I’m nuts’: Tommy Thompson gives update after surgery

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TUESDAY, 9/21/2021 4:46 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson says people may think he was “nuts” for water skiing at age 79, but the interim University of Wisconsin president says he got on the skis earlier this month to  “give it to the old college try” before summer ends.

Thompson had surgery Thursday to have his bicep reattached to the tendon after being injured while skiing. Thompson told reporters at an online news conference Tuesday that, “I know you think I’m nuts.”

Thompson says he will be back on water skis next summer and plans to go snow skiing this year.

Tommy Thompson getting surgery after water ski accident

THURSDAY, 9/16/2021 9:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history and current interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, says he is having surgery following a weekend water skiing accident.

The 79-year-old Thompson says in a Facebook post Thursday that he needed to “have my bicep reattached to the tendon.” UW spokesman Mark Pitsch says Thompson was “dealing with a little pain and getting it taken care of.”

The university’s Board of Regents is currently in the process of searching for a permanent president to replace Thompson.

The Republican served as Wisconsin governor from 1987 until 2001, when he left to become U.S. Health and Human Services secretary under then-President George W. Bush.

He served four years and then returned to Wisconsin.

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