Jack Reddish (1926 - 1992)
The 1940s were the “Decade of the Reddish” on the American ski scene and in some venues in Europe. Jack’s exploits on skis during that period are considered among the greatest in the history of the sport in North America. He was destined for greatness at age 14 when he not only won the Snow Cup but also became the youngest competitor to ever jump off the storied Ecker Hill where he won the National Ski Association Class “B” title in 1942.
In 1940 Jack was the Intermountain Slalom champion and the Intermountain Class “C” champion jumper from 1940-45. In 1947 he added the prestigious Bradley Plate four-way title to his honors and finished first in the U.S. Olympic downhill tryouts. Jack’s triumphs, enthusiasm, dedication and sportsmanship on and off the ski hills earned him a coveted spot in the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Michigan, in 1969.
After retiring from skiing competition, Jack moved to Hollywood and applied his daring skills to a successful movie production career that finds his name among the credits of such movies as Bonnie and Clyde, The Thomas Crowne Affair and Bullit. Jack was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1973 and honored by the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Ski Archives in 1992 as a Legend of Skiing Competition.