principle, honor, wisdom; 1910-1980” (pp. 10-2); includes photograph of Mr. Luckey and:
William L. Luckey, humanitarian, publisher, author, and friend of the chiropractic profession succumbed in a hospice in Southfield, Michigan on December 4, 1980. Bill Luckey was not a chiropractor but his love and vocation in life centered chiefly on his adopted profession. Perhaps the best thing to say about this dear friend of chiropractic is that he loved his fellowman and served humankind. He was truly a man who radiated happiness – happiness is only possible when one is busy. He believe that the body must toil, the mind must be occupied, and the heart must be satisfied. He was truly unselfish and indefatigable in his efforts to help others. He sewed seeds of love, understanding, and compassion. Bill Luckey was nationally known as
the publisher of The Digest of worked on the magazine until the direction The Digest grew into a
time of his transition. Under his 24,000 readership and those who
week to his task as publisher. To the profession of chiropractic and his friends he reflected an image of a quiet, mannerly, and thoughtful individual; a man who was dedicated to intellectual pursuits and raising the standards of the chiropractic profession so that great healing art could take its proper place in service to humanity.
The profession first became aware of a force emerging from Detroit, Michigan in the 1950s. This constructive force was first exerted on the chiropractors of Michigan. By the late ‘50s this force spread across the nation and was felt around the chiropractic world. In a time when almost all chiropractic magazines were the reflection of one man, complete with pictures and articles of self-aggrandizement, The Digest came on to the scene like a breath of fresh air. The Digest reflected the spirit of the times. Bill Luckey was a courageous publisher who wasn’t always concerned about doing the most popular thing, because within his heart and soul he had to do what he believed to be right. Even if some were critical of his work, he did not stand ready to defend it; he simply allowed it to speak for itself. He was a man who kept a low profile and his extraordinary literary talent was often overlooked. Those of us who read The Digest knew that he was gifted with a deep insight into the humanity of man. He used words as a great painter used color, and his pen was capable of varied strokes. Yet his work was so subtle that most people failed to recognize the fact that it was his creative mind behind the layout of the article for which others were given credit.
His magazine provided a forum so that potential leaders could express their views. He was not limited in his selection. He loved and
free speech. He allowed all views He was honored and recognized
chiropractic colleges for his devotion and dedication to the chiropractic profession. In 1964 he established “The Digest Loan Fund” at several chiropractic colleges, where students could borrow amounts to $100.00 without interest. Such concern grew from his deep insight into human nature. One could say that Bill Luckey was an intellectual, but he was more than that – he had a brilliant mind; a man of wisdom with the courage of his convictions. One of his convictions was that no man can sincerely help another without first helping himself. He derived a great deal of satisfaction in helping others. His greatest glory was in recognizing that men fall, but they can rise again – if they are given a helping hand. He helped to lift many people to a higher level. He faced life squarely. He recognized that facts are facts, and will not disappear because of one’s likes or dislikes. He understood that our world is difficult – complicated – and at times tormenting. He approached problems with humility and his aims were to be helpful and to do good. He recognized that man has his faults. Each man has two facades that one would commonly identify as the good side and the bad side of his nature. It is the quality of the mind and the actions of the man that count most in the final analysis. He realized that men in our world have a great deal of knowledge, but have so little wisdom. It has been my experience that people who are wise do not talk about their wisdoms and do not behave as if they were superior persons. He had an adventurous mind. He looked at the broader, richer, and deeper things of life. His mind was open to life, and he was able to see the beauty of the world.
He had great understanding and appreciation for others. understood the power of words. Words are powerful because represent the power of ideas. Nothing is more powerful as an
He they idea
whose time has come for expression. A idea can change the course of mankind.
few words from an idea – this A few drops of water seem to
hold no power;
freeze it, and
put a few drops of water in a small opening in a stone it will crack the stone. Turn it into steam and it will
move latent Ideas
pistons and drive powerful engines. A few drops of water have power in them – so do a few words properly placed together. represent thoughts – as long as they remain thoughts they are
latent and ineffective. When ideas and thoughts words, used with enthusiastic action and strong become a powerful force to change the world.
are expressed in conviction, they
Bill Luckey had the ability to use the tools of language with readiness, precision, and accuracy. He was able to study and think. He had a tremendous understanding of human nature. His knowledge of nature, literature, business, and other arts gave him intellectual and
esthetic enjoyment. He dedicated his life to ideals,
was a truths,
man with and honor.
amazing spirit. He was a reliable person
who set standards of excellence for each and every He knew well that great works were performed by
project in his
was a man Luckey lost because he
who possessed everything in this
world, he would spring back once again
restraint – quiet – and understanding. You can judge a cultured person by his silence – by his actions – by his accomplishments – his life. He was a man of goodwill, cooperation, helpfulness, honest, integrity, honor, and wisdom, yet he was far deeper than that. He was a man of moral courage, which is a most significant ingredient of one’s character. He was a man who constructively changed the lives of many.
From the standpoint of chiropractic, thank God he passed through.
“Tributes to William L. Luckey continued” (pp. 12, 14-5, 17);