Journalist and writer (b. 15 May 1917, Akseki / Antalya - d. 10 September 1983, İstanbul). His real name is Osman Zeki Yüksel. He was renowned by this surname because of his articles published in the review Serdengeçti. He was a member of a family grew famous scholars including Ahmet Hamdi Akseki, old mufti Hacı Salih Efendi. He attended primary school in Akseki, secondary school in Antalya as a boarding student. After graduating from Atatürk High School in Ankara, he left Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, from second class because of taking part in the events of May 1944. He was imprisoned for a while with Nihal Atsız and Alpaslan Türkeş. After being relased, he wanted to continue his education, but he was not given permission. Thereupon, he wrote a petition beginning with “To the Low Deputy of High Office” to the Minister of National Education Hasan Ali Yücel. Nobody dared to give the petition to the Minister. Osman Yüksel was sent to the prison again.
After releasing, he began to publish the famous review Serdengeçti. He was sent to court many times and arrested and released often because of his articles published in this review of which most of the issues was confiscated. He declared that he was ready for new imprisonments with his words “Open the doors, Osman is Coming” that he used in his articles in the review in which it was written the sentence “On the Way of God, Motherland and Nation”. This review that gains him the nickname Serdengeçti, could be published only 33 issues (1947 - February 1962) because of closing frequently and having conviction decision about its articles.
Serdengeçti published a humor review named Bağrıyanık in 1952. He continued his struggle with humor and satires in this review in which it was written the sencentce “Those Having Heart stick on the Way of God”. He engaged politics for some time. He worked as Antalya deputy being chosen from the list of the Justice Party (1965-1969). He also gained fame as “Deputy without Tie” by going to the Grand National Assembly without wearing a tie, because of protesting the westernization. He was sent from the Justice Party because of his assessments about the policy and directors of the party. Later, he continued his struggle with his articles and books. At last, he wrote daily anecdotes under the title of Selam (Greetings) in the newspaper Yeni İstanbul. Osman Yüksel, who was among the intellectuals protesting the pressure of one-party government on the religious people, “used his pen as a sword on the way of God, because of that, he was renowned as a legendary hero in Anatolia” (Mehmet Ateşoğlu)
Mabetsiz Şehir (City without a Temple), Bir Nesli Nasıl Mahvettiler (How They Wasted a Generation), Bu Millet Neden Ağlar (Why Does this Nation Cry), Gülünç Hakikatlar (Funny Realities), Ayasofya Davası (Case of the Hagia Sophia), Türklüğün Perişan Hali (Wretched Situation of Turks), Mevlânâ ve Mehmet Akif (Mevlana and Mehmet Akif), Kara Kitap (Black Book), Radyo Konuşmaları (Radio Conversations), Müslüman Çocuğunun Şiir Kitabı (Poetry Book of a Muslim Child, anthology), Kanlı Balkanlar (Bloody Balkans, edited by Zakir Avşar, 1992).
His works were republished by the Foundation of Turkish Literature: Mabetsiz Şehir (City without a Temple), Gülünç Hakikatlar (Funny Realities), Bir Nesli Nasıl Mahvettiler (How They Wasted a Generation), Bu Millet Neden Ağlar (Why Does this Nation Cry) Akdeniz Hilalindir (Akdeniz Belongs to the Crescent).
REFERENCE: İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) - Ünlü Fikir ve Kültür Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 3, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Feyzi Halıcı / Parlamenter Şairler (1990), Bozkurt Zakir Avşar / Serdengeçti’den Serdengeçtilere (1992), Bozkurt Zakir Avşar / Said-i Nursi ve Serdengeçti (1992), Abdurrahim Balcıoğlu / Osman Yüksel Serdengeçti (1992), Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi Albümü 1920-91 (1994), Osman Yüksel Serdengeçti (Gökkubbe dergisi, Haziran 2001), Mehmet Nuri Yardım / Türk Şiirinden Portreler (Abdurrahim Balcıoğlu ile söyleşi, 2001) - Edebiyatımızın Güleryüzü (2002), Mehmet Atilla Maraş / Şair Milletvekilleri 1 - 22. Dönem 1920-2005 (2005), Mustafa Uçurum / Her devre bir Serdengeçti gerek (dunyabizim.com. 15.01.2013).