Lou. native who made it big in Hollywood returns home, talks 'Thunder'

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Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 6:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- This year's Thunder Over Louisville is one made up of major nostalgia and it will test your memory. The music that will accompany the fireworks is from television shows past and present. Some of the tunes are quick.

A Louisville man who made it big in Hollywood has now returned home. WHAS11’s Doug Proffitt talked with Jonathan Wolff’s special part in this year's Thunder.

You may not know Wolff, but you certainly know his music. He wrote and composed the opening of Seinfeld, one of the biggest television hits of all time. He also wrote the theme to Will and Grace

Wolff left Louisville for Los Angles in 1976. A national merit scholar from Atherton High School, he remembers what Louisville  was like as he left to pursue his music career.

Before Seinfeld hit the air in 1989, his music appeared on all of the mega hits from the 70's and 80's including Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Falcon Crest, Dynasty and Dallas!

Thunder Over Louisville producer Wayne Hettinger has included the Seinfeld theme in this year's fireworks show highlighting 70 different television theme songs.


After 24 years, Hettinger has personal favorites of his own. Also as a tribute to WHAS11's long history broadcasting  Thunder, at 9:40 p.m. during the fireworks show you will  hear a  theme from our past...Action 11 News.

Johnathan Wolff retired in 2005. Looking for a normal life, set for life thanks to Seinfeld, he and his family picked his hometown.

And the first thing his family did was head to Thunder Over Louisville.
 

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