Before Jane Fonda, before Buns of Steel, there was Jack LaLanne. My mother and her friends would pull up a chair (literally...he used a chair for many exercises), turn on the TV and "exercise with Jack LaLanne." His practical, no-nonsense approach to fitness seems quaint now, but in retrospect makes a lot of sense. A few simple exercises done daily in front of the TV, requiring no special equipment or athletic ability would keep one toned and fit.
In the mid 1980's when I was living in Morro Bay, he was a fixture in town, and would occasionally pop into the sushi bar there to pick up a huge order. He'd smile and wave to everyone in the place and seemed to have boundless energy. He was also rumored to enjoy a cocktail or five on occasion, but I have no immediate knowledge of that.
Jack LaLanne passed away on Sunday from pneumonia at the age of 96.
Do you remember Jack LaLanne or his TV show?