One of the bright lights in chiropractic was extinguished over the weekend. Will Tickel, DC was one of my early inspirations. Perhaps our shared background in advertising and love of the English language brought us together. We would often exchange articles, thot pieces, as Will would say, in the hopes the other would either confirm our allegations and insights or provide clarity or direction for their improvement.
Inspired by his book, Down Right! Up Right! Chiropractic Inside-Out published in 1987, I asked Will to write the Introduction to my first book, A Patient’s Point of View. More recently, on the back cover of his second book One Liners, describes Dr. Tickel as the “Will Rogers of chiropractic.” That’s it! His folksy, unassuming personality showed up in his writing that while cerebral, was approachable and filled with “thot-full” examples and earthy frankness.
A philosopher. A chiropractor. A friend. I’m going to miss Will. Chiropractic is going to miss Will. I miss him already.