Born John L. Meisenheimer, Jr. at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, Meisenheimer grew up in Richmond, Kentucky where he attended Model Laboratory School and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). At age 12, he was the southeastern Junior muzzleloader rifle champion and record holder. He presented his first scientific paper at the Kentucky Academy of Science “Temperature Dependent Learning in Rana catesbeiana larvae at the age 16.
At Eastern Kentucky University, he was Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Phi Sigma, and a school record holder in swimming and Kentucky Intercollegiate Swimming champion. He also received national publicity and was listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for swimming ½-mile with his foot in his mouth. He was an NCAA scholar athlete; the scholarship was used to attend the University of Kentucky College of Medicine which he graduated from in 1983.
Dr. Meisenheimer completed his medical internship at Tucson Medical Center and residency training in dermatology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been in a private dermatology and Mohs surgery practice in Orlando, Florida since 1987. He has served as the Chief of the Dermatology Division at Orlando Regional Medical Center since 2003 where he has been an assistant clinical professor since 1988. He resides in Southwest Orlando with his wife Jacquie and three sons John, Jake and Maximus.
A founding board member of the American Yo-Yo Association, Dr. Meisenheimer continues to serve as chairman of the world records committee. He is known for his book “Lucky’s Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos” and his Guinness World Record for the Largest Yo-Yo collection. A copy of "Lucky's Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos" is part of the Smithsonian Institution collection.
Meisenheimer is an avid open water swimmer and an All American in Masters swimming. He has won several open water competitions over the years including the International Swimming Hall of Fame Gault Ocean Mile swim, the 12.5 mile Swim Around Key West where he held the fin swimming record, and multiple triathlon relay National Championships. He is best known for hosting a daily 1-kilometer open water swim at his home (named the Lucky's Lake Swim) and the annual the Aquatica 1K Swim. He also won the masters division in the 2013 Hurricane Man swim in St. Petersburg, Florida.
A life member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, he is a certified level 5 masters coach and was the head coach of Team Orlando Masters at the YMCA Aquatic Center from 1989 until 2000. He was the president of the Masters Aquatics Coaches Association from 1994-95 and served on the ASCA Certification committee.
He is the co-author of the “The Masters School” with Judy Bonning and Micheal Collins. In 1994, he started and continues to coach the Special Olympics swimming program (The Man O’ War Swim Team) at the YMCA Aquatic Center.
A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has appeared in movies and on television. He made his directorial debut and also wrote the featurette film National Lampoon presents RoboDoc Dissected the Making of the Movie RoboDoc, a parody of behind-the-scenes making of movie, films.
Film and television appearances
- National Lampoon Presents RoboDoc (2008)
- RoboDoc Dissected the making of the Movie RoboDoc (2008)
- The Martha Stewart Show]] (2007)
- Yo-Yo Kings “DVD” (2007)
- The Finger “Film Short” (2006)
- National Lampoon’s Comedy Night School (2005, 2006)
- 2003 World Yo-Yo Championships “Documentary” (2003)
- Ultimate Collectors
- Nickelodeon GAS (2000)
- Treasures in Your Home (1999)
- Weird Homes (1998)
- What Would You Do? (1992)
- PM Magazine (1982)
- Real People (1982, 1983)