Talk:Sid Luckman

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Good article Sid Luckman has been listed as one of the Sports and recreation good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
August 20, 2008 Good article nominee Listed

GA status[edit]

I'm interested in getting this article to meet GA standards. Anyone want to help? Enigma message 17:05, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

  • I should have noted some time ago that I am going to/am helping (an Aussie's flavour might just be the thing an article on this guy needs) :) --VS talk 05:43, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  • I think it's better than Start-Class now. Enigma message 06:08, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Note on Luckman's parents[edit]

I can't find a name for his father. I found on a blog that Luckman's mother's name was Ethel. Enigma message 04:52, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Yep I noted that blog - it's a blog but it seems like a good one (if you know what I mean). I was going to suggest getting his autobiography to see what it says but it appears at this stage that he only referred to his parents as "Dad Luckman" and "Mum Luckman".--VS talk 05:59, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Yeah, which is unfortunate. I'm sure he knew his parents' names. I'm not really sure why he didn't mention it in the book. Maybe he didn't want to be disrespectful by saying or writing their names. Enigma message 06:00, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Yeah maybe - but he was born in New York so (I'm not sure how close you are to there physically) the records must be available. It would be a good coup for research because I also can't find anything on the internet at this stage.--VS talk 06:10, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  • I live in New York City and could easily get to the area where he was born. I will look into this. It's possible that it's part of the public record. Enigma message 06:16, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
That would be great - it certainly would be a good find for this article.--VS talk 06:33, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
Update:I e-mailed the Bureau of Vital Records and they referred me to another agency. I'll get to the bottom of this eventually! Enigma message 05:50, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
Sounds like you are well on to the job.--VS talk 06:03, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Delta Chapter[edit]

Not sure if this is usable - but Luckman was in the Delta Chapter at Columbia? link here --VS talk 05:50, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

I think it's worth mentioning as part of a section on things named after him. I'm sure this wasn't the only thing named after him. Enigma message 05:56, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Merchant Marine, Distinguished American Award, and Executive[edit]

Nice find. I at first thought it was a subset of the Marines or something, heh. This page says he was a coach at the academy. Not sure when that was. Before he served? Enigma message 06:17, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Don't know - he did coach quarterbacks for the Bears after retirement according to this which also notes that he was awarded the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award of the Year Award (definitely worth putting in the article - although of interest the Wiki page does not have him as the winner) and that he became an executive with a Chicago Cellophane company (go figure?)--VS talk 06:40, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  • I was just about to add that it was joint winners as a quick search revealed. When I hit edit, I saw someone had beaten me to it, and I just knew it was you! Enigma message 06:48, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Us Aussies - too quick :) --VS talk 06:53, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

This is funny[edit]

You know that book you referenced, using Google Books? Turns out I own it. I never opened it. It was still in plastic, but I opened it and found the section on Sid. Enigma message 18:09, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Also, I'm going to check the Bureau of Vital Records and the New York Times obituaries for more information. Enigma message 18:10, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Hey there, that is pretty funny about you actually having that book. It's good also from the perspective of being able to list it as a source - which I have now done. Can you please check to see if I have the details correct (year of pub'n, publisherr, ISBN etc)? Good luck with finding details from the Bureau etc.--VS talk 23:19, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
  • ISBN and publisher are correct. The book was originally published in 1983. The copy I have is a new edition (this looks to be the same one as on Google Books), copyright 2003. Inside the cover, it has Copyright 1983, 2000, 2003. Enigma message 23:27, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Replying here to your message on my Talk, VS. The book has people in alphabetical order, so Sid is on pages 189-191. The stuff about Halas pleading with Sid to play and Halas negotiating with the Steelers is on 189. 189-190 is about Halas devising the T-formation and deciding Sid was the best man to run it. 190 also says "In 1940, Sid gave the T-formation permanence and credibility. In that year's title game against the Washington Redskins, the underdog Bears destroyed their opponent, 73-0. Luckman, who played only the first half because the game was so one-sided at halftime, scored one touchdown and passed for another. The day after the game, the New York Times said of Luckman: 'No field general ever called plays more artistically or engineered a touchdown parade in more letter-perfect fashion.'"
  • Yep that's good I will try and incorporate as references to the last couple of remaining bits tonight if I have time (after work) unless you beat me to it (and cross off as done). Either way is okay by me. Thanks for checking.--VS talk 01:06, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Starting to take good shape[edit]

We are getting much closer in my view. It would be nice to find out the details of parents (as discussed previously) but also of his children's names. Additional details on his coaching/football links after full-time playing - did he sponsor anyone, did he do speeches, did he gain any honorary diplomas those types of things. Also I wonder if there are any other fair use images that we could add. I noted the fair use rationale for the current photograph and I don't think that we could do that again for another image of Sid but if would could get an image or some sort of graphic of the T-Formation that might work. I did have a look on Commons but didn't see anything - although it probably needs a set of US eyes to search more in-depth.--VS talk 23:48, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

T-formation stuff on Commons? Very doubtful. Images are going to be a problem for this article. I hope to find more details on his parents, and I'll see if there's any way I can find out about his children. Enigma message 23:52, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
  • That said - just found a nice image IMHO. You like?--VS talk 23:56, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Bloody brilliant work - kids names add depth. Will leave you to add to article.--VS talk 00:03, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Found the New York Times obituary[edit]

It wasn't easy, but I made the trek to a far-off library to view microfilm on old editions of the New York Times. In the July 6, 1998 issue, there was an obituary. A lot of the information we already have (it talks about the dinner Halas had at Luckman's house), but it has a few quotes. I'll see what I can add. Enigma message 17:19, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

  • That's the way - well done, I'll be interested to read what's new.--VS talk 22:14, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
    • Come to think of it, I'll scan it in and send it to you. Might as well. Enigma message 22:21, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
    • You get the chance to look at it? I've been slacking a little, I must confess. I need to look through the obit and article at the same time and compare the information. Enigma message 07:10, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
      • I have had a bit of look Enigma - but didn't want to take any credit for your good work - give it a run and I will assist.--VS talk 07:15, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
Obviously you can see all this in the obit, but I'm going to use this Talk page to post some bits that we might be able to use. These are all copied directly from the New York Times obituary:*Bob Zuppke, the great Illinois coach, once said of Luckman, "He was the smartest football player I ever saw, and that goes for college or pro."
  • "When I grew up in Flatbush," Luckman once told a reporter, "we played football, stickball, and baseball all the time, right out there on the city streets. Football was my favorite."
  • Luckman was "another coach on the field," Halas said.
  • In fact, when Luckman quit playing pro ball, he helped install the T-formation at Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Holy Cross and Columbia. [Note:I think I'll try to incorporate this into the part about him tutoring coaches]
  • In 1943...Chicago went to New York for a regular season game. It was deemed Sid Luckman Day at the Polo Grounds.
  • "He was the best all-around football player that New York City ever developed," said the former track star and sports broadcaster, Marty Glickman.
  • Luckman had earlier launched a successful business career in Chicago. He had a long association with the packaging industry and a firm called Cellu-Craft Products, which he later headed.
Turns out we had the obituary already, which renders all of this useless. Odd that the New York Times obituary is available online. Should've checked more carefully. Enigma message 05:47, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

GA Nomination[edit]

I have bitten the bullet and nominated. That will mean we have a week or three to tidy up a bit more in a few areas (including adding where suitable some of the stuff above). I think the article is very well written now and it will be good to get a few pointers from third parties. I intend to follow your work and assist but would prefer you to add the parts above in the first instance. I suggest this because it was your idea to get Sid to GA status in the first place and you deserve the opportunity to reach that goal. I suggest we spend a large part of our wiki time here for now until we get an assessment from a reviewer.--VS talk 02:58, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

I agree. By the way, I think his death should at least be a separate sentence. I'll make some changes. Enigma message 05:22, 17 August 2008 (UTC)


[2] is a Google Books result for Luckman being "interviewed" before the formation was installed at Notre Dame. This is also helpful and could be a good source for the information about his tutoring. Enigma message 05:52, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Career stats[edit]

They need to have a source somewhere in and around that section. I couldn't find anything personally, do you guys have anything? Utan Vax (talk) 11:44, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

  •  Done Good pick up UV - --VS talk 12:07, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
  • Good job, VS :-) Utan Vax (talk) 12:18, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

My fellow honorary Chicagoans[edit]

I have put a call into Peanut4 to give us a second opinion. We'll see what (if anything) is still required. Top work by you two fellows - great to have you stop by Utan Vax - hope to see you on board some other projects after this one is finished.--VS talk

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"Luckman was the first modern T-formation quarterback"[edit]

This is mentioned twice on the 1st paragraph, with minor differences. A bit redundant I would say. Anyone? Thanks Kvsh5 (talk) 18:43, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Interesting note[edit]

Sorry for this unwikipedian item. Feel free to delete. I sat next to him at a wedding reception. Knowing zero about sports, and seeing people come for autographs, I asked him what he did. Said he played football. I asked what team, he said the Bears. I eventually commented that he must have been awfully good to have all of these people wanting his autograph. He was very gracious regarding my dumbness. North8000 (talk) 04:50, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

First of all, your note is completely inappropriate for this page. Second of all, I enjoyed it, and am quite glad you posted it.--Epeefleche (talk) 14:00, 25 February 2011 (UTC)