Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Whatever Happened to Jack LaLanne? Happy and 96 Years Old


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Editor’s note: Jack LaLanne died Sunday, January, 23 2011. He died from respiratory failure due to pneumonia at the age of 96. He would have been 97 in 2011.

I can still remember my mother in the 1960′s watching and performing the exercises along with Jack LaLanne during his tv show. He is widely referred to as “The Godfather of Fitness”. LaLanne gained worldwide recognition for his success as a chiropractor and bodybuilder, and for his incredible and prodigious acts of strength and endurance.

Thanks Boomer To You and the publisher Terry Hamburg for reminding us of this boomer icon.

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Nothing happened to me. As I said in an interview: “I can’t afford to die, it would ruin my image.” 

I was born in 1914 when “boomer” meant some jerk who made loud noises. I was a muscle man and fitness guru before anyone thought it was “cool.” All these baby boomer upstarts—Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hulk Hogan—stand on my biceps. Who do you think invented modern weight machines, television exercise shows, and turned amazing feats of strength into an art form? 

I sold my 200 + health clubs to Bally back in the 1980s. Boomers flocked to them. Most guys would have retired. But, heck, I was only 70 years young. To show the world 70 is the new 20, I swam handcuffed and shackled over a mile while towing 70 boats with 70 people. People said I was poetic but crazy. You bet I am. 

Later, I became an infomercial icon. Is there a baby boomer out there that hasn’t bought one of my juicers yet? It’s not too late. Turn on the television. 

But wait. There’s more. I’ve slowed down a bit, much not much. I work out and swim every day. My incredible public displays may be over. As I said on my 93rd birthday, my feat of strength was to “tow my wife across the bathtub.” That’s a joke, my friend. Even now, I could tow the darn bathtub with you and all your rubber duckies across a lake. 

Trivia Factoids 

LaLanne told Katie Couric that he had two simple rules of nutrition: “If man made it, don’t eat it,” and “If it tastes good, spit it out.” 

The following are among Jack’s most notable public feats of strength, as noted on his website. 

1954 (age 40): Jack swam the entire length of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco under water with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks. 

1955 (age 41): Jack swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco while handcuffed. 

1956 (age 42): Jack set a world record of 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes on the television show You Asked for It. 

1957 (age 43): Jack swam the Golden Gate channel in San Francisco while towing a 2,500-pound cabin crusher. 

1958 (age 44): Jack maneuvered a paddleboat from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco shore, a 30 mile trip that took almost 10 hours. 

1959 (age 45): On the first nationwide Jack LaLanne Show, the star did 1,000 star jumps  (leaping up as far as possible) and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hour, 22 minutes. 

1974 (age 60): Again, Jack swam handcuffed from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf. This time he was also shackled and towed a 1,000-pound boat. 

1975 (age 61): Repeating his performance of 21 years earlier, Jack swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater and handcuffed. To add the challenge, he was shackled and towed a 1,000-pound boat. 

1976 (age 62): To commemorate the Bicentennial, our hero swam one mile handcuffed and shackled towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people. 

1979 (age 65): Handcuffed and shackled, Jack towed 65 boats with 6,500 pounds of wood pulp. 

1980 (age 66): Jack towed 10 boats carrying 77 people for over one mile in less than one hour. 

1984 (age 70): Once again handcuffed and shackled, Jack fought strong winds and currents as he swam 1.5 miles while towing 70 boats with 70 people. 

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