Monday, January 24, 2011
Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne Passes Away At 96
Long Beach, California: Fitness enthusiast Jack LaLanne, celebrating his 70th birthday 11/20, swims through Long Beach Harbor towing a flotilla of 70 boats. LaLanne towed the boats with his hands and feet shackled for a mile past the ocean liner Queen Mary.
This guy was a legend and lived until he was 96. Not bad for a guy who basically Dropped out of school, built his own guy in his parents garage using paint cans filled with concrete, having show on fitness on t.v. that ran for over 3 decades, his juicers and products whom he later licensed to Bally's Fitness.
Oh, and he once beat Arnold when he was just 21 and Jack was 54 in a contest in chin ups and push ups. The quote - "I beat him in chin-ups and push-ups," LaLanne says. "He (Arnold) said, 'That Jack LaLanne's an animal! I was sore for four days. I couldn't lift my arms!' He'll be missed and was truly ahead of his time.
Wikipedia link on his bio. Story on Fox News
Some Jack LaLanne facts:
1954 Age 40: Swam the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge underwater with 140 pounds of equipment, including two air tanks… an undisputed world record.
1955 Age 41: Swam, handcuffed, from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in
San Francisco, CA.
1956 Age 42: Set a world record of 1,033 push ups in 23 minutes on “You Asked for It, a TV Show with Art Baker.
1957 Age 43: Swam the treacherous Golden Gate Channel, towing a 2,500-pound cabin cruiser. This involved fighting the cold, swift ocean currents that made the 1 mile swim a 6 1/2 mile test of strength and endurance.
1958 Age 44: Maneuvered a paddle board 30 miles, 9 1/2 hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore.
1959 Age 45: Completed 1,000 push ups and 1,000 chin-ups in 1 hours and 22
minutes. “Happy” is born and The Jack LaLanne Show goes nationwide
1974 Age 60: Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1975 Age 61: Swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, underwater, for a second time handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.
1976 Age 62: Commemorating the “Spirit of ‘76”, swam 1 mile in Long Beach Harbor, handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.
1979 Age 65: Towed 65 boats filled with 6,500-pounds of Lousiana Pacific wood pulp while handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan.
1980 Age 66: Towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida filled with 77 people for over a mile in less than 1 hour.
1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 1/2 miles.
1992 Age 78: Academy of Body Building and Fitness Award
1994 Age 80: State of California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Lifetime Achievement Award
1996 Age 82: Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award
1999 Age 85: Spirit of Muscle Beach Award
2002 Age 88: Jack receives his very own star on the Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame
2004 Age 90: Jack celebrates his birthday with a major media blitz in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. ESPN Classic runs a 24 Hour marathon of the original Jack LaLanne Shows
2005 Age 91: Received the Jack Webb Award from the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, the Arnold Classic Lifetime Achievement Award, Interglobal’s International Infomercial Award, the Freddie, Medical Media Public Service Award, and he was a Free Spirit honoree at Al Neuharth’s Freedom Forum.
2007 Age 93: Received the Treasures of Los Angeles Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from Muscle Beach, and the Y.M.C.A. Impact Award.
2008 Age 94: Inducted into the California Hall of Fame, Parker Seminars Award, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the Southern California University of Health Sciences, receives the People of Vision Award from the RP International, receives the Heroes Humanity Award, and was inducted into the Gallery of Legends hosted by the World Acrobatics Society.
2009 Age 95: Jack receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Club Industry. Jack LaLanne days were observed in San Francisco and Los Angeles