Ken A. Jacuzzi, heir of the Jacuzzi brand of hydrotherapy products and advocate for the disabled, passed away earlier this year at the age of 75. With his passing, I felt it was appropriate to share the history behind the Jacuzzi brand.
It could be argued that hot tubs, as we know them, would not exist today had it not been for Ken Jacuzzi, whom doctors said would not live to see his third birthday. Ken was just 2 years old when he became diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a painful condition that can erode bones and deform joints.
Ken’s rheumatologist recommended soaking in a hydrotherapy tank to cope with the pain, but when Jacuzzi’s father, Candido saw the temporary relief wash over his son, he became inspired to develop a similar application to use in the home bathtub.
That device was the forebearer of the J-300 hydrotherapy pump that was incorporated into the Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, a product which gained national recognition.
The product not only achieved commercial success — it’s credited with saving Ken Jacuzzi’s life.
“The hydrotherapy has allowed me to live a normal lifespan, which is pretty amazing when you think about it,” Ken said in a corporate video.