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by Todd Waters, aka “The Chiro-Picker” – SpinalColumnRadio featured blogger
You can imagine that as the ChiroPicker, my eyes are always open looking for cool vintage items that represent the history of chiropractic. Sometimes these items are not the dusty, old antiques you’d expect. Sometimes they are not even something you can hold — like stories. For this particular Fresh Pick installment, and the couple that follow, I want to share some of these finds.
I love the story of Dr. Robert Borer’s search for BJ’s original epigrams. Epigrams, of course, are pithy sayings or remarks that express an idea or concept in a cleaver and amusing way. To say that BJ had an affinity for them would be an understatement for sure.
Up to the year of BJ’s death the Palmer School of Chiropractic was covered with these thought-provoking quotes — from the bathroom walls to the sides of the buildings.
All free wall space was fair game. “Get the Big Idea. All Else Follows” and “The Power that Made the Body, Heals the Body” are just two examples (more here).
However after BJ’s passing, his son David assumed the presidency of the school and had the epigrams painted over in favor of a fresh coat of paint. Most did not survive the Palmer College of Chiropractic’s facelift, but a few did. One area where the “writing on the wall” still can be seen is on top of the D.D. Palmer Memorial Building (Up’E’nuf). It was here that the epigrams were actually etched into the roof ledge walls — a technique that was certainly safe from the brush of paint.
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You’ve heard of BJ’s Epigrams: short, sometimes witty, nuggets of thought provoking prose displayed on the walls of the PSC…. but have you heard of “Watergrams?”
Okay…. I confess: That’s what I wanted to call them.
Our own Todd Waters (ChiroPicker/BJ Character/Jingle Singer) actually refers to them as “Chiropractic Pictograms,” and he’s sharing his creation right here on SpinalColumnRadio.com.
We’ve created a special page that showcases his favorites. Just click on the image below (or the one just like it in the left column) and jump right to it.
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Title: Dr. Ian Gainor Remembers the Fingerprints of BJ on the Palmer Campus
Host: Dr. Thomas Lamar
Show Date: 08/30/11
Run Time: 18:21
Description: Join Dr. Lamar as he sits down with an old Palmer Grad, Dr. Ian Gainor, who recalls the epigrams and other evidences of BJ on the Palmer Campus. Recorded on location at the Orange County Performing Arts Center at the Dead Chiropractic Society’s 4th Annual California Jam, 2011.
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Ian Gainor, DC
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