The Magic Of Life! (Pdf Download)
This is the inspiring and astounding life story of Jim Vickers-Willis - with many parallels to that of America's 'Superman', Christopher Reeve.
Having survived the perils of World War 2 in the RAAF, Jim became the centre of Australia's Square Dancing boom - one of the highest paid entertainers in Australia in the 1950s - calling for thousands of dancers, night after night beamed by radio into homes throughout the nation - despite acute stage fright.
Then, "POW!" - at the height of his entertainment career, aged 36, Jim contracted the life threatening virus polio - as he lay in a life supporting iron lung, Jim's career as one of Australia's premier entertainers was in shatters - but not Jim.
Doctors gave him little hope - expecting he might not get out of the iron lung and would have a shortened life - the sort of challenge that seems to be a tonic to people like Jim, whose 'fight back' to go on to live a long, productive, and influential life - despite post-polio paralysis - is one of Australia's most inspiring human interest stories.
But it wasn't until after surviving polio that Jim's real STAR qualities shone through. Now coping with physical paralysis, Jim 'launched' into an even more productive period of his life - returning to square dance calling (including a television series); creating and operating puppet pantomime shows in Department Stores and on Melbourne's Yarra River ferries; running for election to the Australian Senate in 1967 on his controversial (at that time) "Vote Us Out Of Vietnam" platform; becoming one of Australia's foremost social educators on quality of life issues and sexuality; authoring numerous relationship and life education books & articles; and, campaigning on controversial (for his day) quality of life issues including for improved sex education, for legal nude bathing beaches, for foreshore bike paths, for bans on tobacco advertising, for allowing stem cell research, and for people's right to choose euthanasia - as well as operating certainly one of the Australia's if not the worlds longest surviving private insurance and financial planning brokerages for some 47 years.
Jim's full story can be read in his autobiography "The Magic of Life!" which you can buy in either digital (A$12) or hard copy (A$30) formats.