The man who holds the world record for the largest Yo-Yo collection also swam half a mile with his foot in his mouth…
Lucky Meisenheimer ( Born 1957) is an American physician, athlete, author, and actor. He is best known for his novel, The Immune, his Guinness world record collection of yo-yos, and his guides, Lucky’s Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos and The Zombie Cause Dictionary.
Literary Awards for The Immune
International Book Awards Winner in the category of Science Fiction, Finalist in the category of Fiction.
Readers’ Favorites Awards Winner in the categories of Science Fiction and Action.
Indie Excellence Winner Book Awards Winner in the category of Science Fiction, Finalist in the category of Fiction.
USA Best Book Awards Winner in the category of Science Fiction.
ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award Finalist Finalist in the category of Science Fiction.
Honorable Mentions: New York Book Festival Awards Hollywood Book Festival Awards San Francisco Book Festival Awards Halloween Book Festival Awards Beach Book Festival Awards
A founding board member of the American Yo-Yo Association, he continues to serve as chairman of the world records committee. Lucky is best known for his book “Lucky’s Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos” and his Guinness World Record for the Largest Yo-Yo collection. A copy of “Lucky’s Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos” is part of the Smithsonian Institution collection. He also created the parody poster “Lucky’s Periodic Table of Yo-Yos” and Mr. Bandalore a statue made of 603 different yo-yos. His yo-yo collection also features the world’s largest wooden yo-yo, the Shakamak Yo-Yo which is 6 feet tall and weighs 820 pounds. Meisenheimer was also a columnist for the now defunct Fiend Magazine.
Born John L. Meisenheimer, Jr at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida the son of John Meisenheimer Sr. and Alice Meisenheimer. He grew up in Richmond, Kentucky where he attended Model Laboratory School and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). At age 12 he was the southeastern Junior muzzleloader rifle champion and record holder. He presented his first scientific paper at the Kentucky Academy of Science “Temperature Dependent Learning in Rana catesbeiana larvae” at age 16.At EKU he was Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Phi Sigma, and he was a school record holder in swimming, as well as, a Kentucky Intercollegiate Swimming Champion. He also received national publicity and was listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, for a swimming stunt, when he swam ½ a mile with his foot in his mouth. He was selected as a national NCAA scholar athlete; the scholarship was used to attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine which he graduated from in 1983. He was inducted into the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Meisenheimer completed his medical internship at Tucson Medical Center and residency training in dermatology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been in a private dermatology and Mohs surgery practice in Orlando Florida since 1987. He has served as the Chief of the Dermatology Division at Orlando Regional Medical Center since 2003 where he has been an assistant clinical professor since 1988. He resides in Southwest Orlando with his wife Jacquie and three sons John, Jake and Maximus.