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“Deliver Your Message to Garcia”
An odd message, perhaps, to read above the employee’s toilet at the Palmer School of Chiropractic, but certainly not out of character for our profession’s developer.
Was this just another example of his often obtuse form of humor, or did this epigram inscription have deeper meaning?
Learn more about this “message.”
[originally published in KCN, January 2014]
“Deliver your message to Garcia” is hardly what you’d expect to read on a bathroom wall, but it is precisely what was scribed above the faculty toilet at the Palmer School of Chiropractic a century ago. BJ Palmer, our profession’s developer, was known for making the walls of his learning institution “speak” — even if the wall happened to be in the bathroom. No square inch was safe from his sign-like display of painted epigrams. The school was covered with thousands of these short, pithy, thought-provoking sayings. They were designed to not only spark interest, but reflection, and over time, action.
While many were self-explanatory, like “Keep Smiling,” some were not. “Deliver your message to Garcia” may be nonsensical to us today, but it had great meaning and cultural popularity in the first part of the twentieth century.
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by Todd Waters, aka “The Chiro-Picker” – SpinalColumnRadio featured blogger
As we were wrapping up production on our “Epigram Show” (Spinal Column Radio 169) the Chiropicker filed this article with some additional information to share regarding BJ’s Epigrams. It’s funny how things work out, because much of what he found was information that I was finding out as the show was coming together. The great thing is that not only do his findings further strengthen my own, but we both bring to the table additional information that supplement one another’s. — TL
If “Nothing succeeds like Success” then Elbert Hubbard was the ideal candidate for BJ’s imitation.
Hubbard owned Roycrofters, a fine maker of furniture and books. Each creation was a work of art. Roycrofter books were made of hand-cut paper and were renown for their wonderful artwork. Hubbard was a philosopher and authored many of the books himself. One in particular “A Message to Garcia” was a favorite of BJ’s who made it required reading of all his employees.
Another book published by Hubbard was entitled “Mottos: Being a Collection of Epigrams.” This book was a collection of cleaver quotations selected and penned by Hubbard. A quick thumbing of the book reveals some oft-quoted BJ sayings such as “I love you because you love the things I love.” BJ changed the wording of this to reflect him and his Innate:
“We love you because you love the things we love.” Continue reading →
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Title: BJ Palmer Epigrams
Host: Dr. Thomas Lamar
Show Date: 11/01/13
Run Time: 178:50
Description: BJ Palmer, the Developer of ChiropracTIC, is known for many things — one of which is the seemingly countless inspirational and THOT-provoking epigrams he scribed on the walls of the Palmer School of Chiropractic. In addition to impacting and encouraging all who read them, these quotes, in many ways described him… and worked to define him. Join Dr. Thomas Lamar for this very special episode of Spinal Column Radio in which he, along with Drs. Simon Senzon, Robert Borer, and Myron Brown — and of course, the ChiroPicker, Todd Waters — step back in time to discuss this fascinating characteristic associated with BJ of Davenport.
Podcasting from the Fire Lookout Tower
• Stuff Talked About on the Show:
- Take Our Survey!
- Box on the Wall
- Archive Feeds
- Simon Senzon Interview
- Palmer Grads Remember the Epigrams
- Myron Brown and Todd Waters Interview (part 1)
- R.S. Marlow POP Story on SCR 168
- “Magical Chiropractors“ POP Story
- Happy Home Podcast (slipping & checking) – episode 036
- Rob Shaw – Weekly Sticky – on Rock Star Chiropractic Project
- Robert Borer Interview
- Keith Wassung
- Myron Brown and Todd Waters Interview (part 2)
- Elbert Hubbard – “A Message to Garcia”
- Fred Schofield