Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness, died yesterday; He was 96. LaLanne's exercise show was on TV during the 50s and 60s. Those of you who are younger will probably remember him from his infomercials where he sold a juicer.
My memories of Jack LaLanne were from watching him on TV at our summer house on Long Island during the 1960s. We had an old black and white set and the only station that came in was from New Haven, CT. Jack was on in the morning and we watch him not for the fitness value, but from a hunger for some entertainment. And, I think that's why he was so popular. He was very entertaining in his fitness presentation.
The following are links to biographical information, tributes, photos and video, so that you can better know the late great Jack LaLanne.
Rest in Peace, Jack! (Although, experiencing your exuberance in life, my guess is that you're probably not resting.)
1. Biography. [NNDB]
2. Jack LaLanne dies at 96; spiritual father of U.S. fitness movement. [Los Angeles Times]
3. Jack LaLanne: A fitting end at 96. [NPR]
4. Remembering the Father of Fitness, Jack LaLanne. [Healthland on Time]
5. Jack LaLanne remembered: Five of his amazing feats. [The Christian Science Monitor]
6. Jack LaLanne: My fitness hero (by Richard Simmons). [CNN]
7. LIFE Remembers Jack LaLanne (Photos). [Life]
8. Watch Jack. [JackLaLanne.com]
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