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Lucky has the Guinness World Record for the Largest Yo-Yo Collection, and his photo, of him buried to his chest in yo-yos, appeared in the Golden 50th anniversary Guinness book. He wrote what is considered the bible of yo-yo collecting “Lucky’s Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos“. A copy of his book is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection in the National Museum of American History. He collection of 10,000 yo-yos contains “The Shakamak yo-yo” a 6 foot tall, 820 lb yo-yo was listed in Guinness, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. In 1990 it was launched from a 106-foot crane. Lucky also produced and published the popular novelty poster “Lucky’s Periodic Table of Yo-Yos.”
Wendy’s food chain released a Guinness collectors’ card of Lucky in 2006 as a national promotion in their kids’ meals. Lucky also built a statue out of 603 different yo-yos known as “Mr. Bandalore.” Lucky has hosted two documentary DVDs on yo-yos. The televised “2003 World Yo-Yo Championships Documentary” and “Yo-Yo Kings.” Doc Lucky has made multiple television appearances both performing and displaying some of his vast collection. Shows include: “The Martha Stewart Show”, Nickelodeon’s “What Would You Do”, “Treasures in your Home”, “Weird Homes”, “The Ultimate Collector”, “Nickelodeon Sports and Games”, 「開運・なんでも鑑定団」Tokyo Television’s 1# show, Disney Promotional Feeds, , WESH News, WKMG News, Orange TV, Barcroft TV and Growing Bolder.
Lucky has produced three short films for the UVT film festival and received the best film award in 2004. He was a founding board member of the American Yo-Yo Association and still serves as the chairman of the world records committee. He is a Special Achievement Award recipient by the National Yo-Yo Museum. Lucky also competed in the first modern National Yo-Yo Championships held in Chico, CA. 1993
Lucky swam for Eastern Kentucky University (Division 1 NCAA) Where he was a team captain, school record holder, and Kentucky Intercollegiate champion. He was also a record holder in the midwest independent swimming championships. Selected as an NCAA Division I scholar-athlete in 1979 he used the fellowship grant to attend medical school at University of Kentucky. In 2011 he was inducted into EKU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Lucky was listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for swimming 1/2 mile with his foot in his mouth in 1979. He served as head coach of “Team Orlando Masters from “1989 to 1997” He has the highest level of coaching certification given by the American Swim Coaches Association at Masters level 5 and has served as a past president of the Masters Aquatics Coaches Association.
Doc Lucky has done several presentations at the American Swimming Coaches Assoc. (ASCA) World clinics and has served on the ASCA certification committee. Lucky is a life member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and a co-author of the book “The Masters School.” He has coached the Orange County Special Olympics Swim Team since 1993. He has had several masters world swimming records and national titles. Has been on two triathlon relays which have won National Championship titles. Doc Lucky is probably best known in swimming for hosting Lucky’s Lake Swim. Since 1989 this has been a popular daily open water swim which was designated a historical event in 2015 by the Historical Society of Central Florida. Lucky is also the current president of the Lake Cane Restoration Society which is a 501c charitable organization that promotes best practices through open water swimming in restoring Lake Cane as a natural resource for current and future generation through science, education and charity.
Lucky is a very accomplished open water swimmer having won the International Swimming Hall of Fame mile swim in 1978, setting the around Key West (12.5 mile) fin swimming record, and swimming Alcatraz without a wet suit in 30minutes in 2006.
Film and Writing
Lucky Meisenheimer is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has written and produced many short films and commercials. His films, “The Finger,” Robo Destructo Now!, and Lucky Saves the World…Again” have been screened at film festivals. Movie appearances include “RoboDoc” and “RoboDoc Dissected the making of RoboDoc the movie.” His book “The Immune” won the International book awards for Science Fiction in 2012. He is also the co-author with his sons of the Zombie Cause Dictionary and the associated webisodes.
A board-certified Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon he has been the director of the Meisenheimer Clinic since 1987 and past chairman of the Division of Dermatology at Orlando Regional Health Care System. An assistant clinical professor of Medicine at ORMC and has had scores of residents and medical students do rotations with him at his practice.
Dr. Meisenheimer has had several scientific publications which have included such journals as Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Annals of Emergency Medicine, The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and the Online Journal of Dermatology. He has served as a past president and program director of the Central Florida Society of Dermatology. Currently, he writes a dermatology column for FloridaMD Magazine.
A member of the board of directors of the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center since 1992 he has served not only as the board chair but in multiple other capacities. Doc Lucky has received the Central FL volunteer of the year award twice. He served as head coach of the YMCA’ s Special Olympics swimming program for 25 years and was the meet director for the Florida Special Olympics State Swimming championships in 1997 and 1999. He is a founding member of the YCF underwater hockey club and currently serves as it’s president.