Folks tend to use that term "guru" rather loosely. I can honestly admit that I'm guilty of it too. In this instance, I was referring to the fact that the last "guru" to leave us was THE Guru just last year. Well this cat definitely deserved the title of "fitness guru" so it's too bad he had to leave us.
LaLanne may have only been 5'6" but he made sure he was the epitome of what a fit physical specimen should be inside out. The inside part came about in his later years when he started hawking those juicers. His way of reminding us that eating healthy was just as important as sculpting. He may have unintentionally been a co-founder of the first infomercial in the process.
There was that and then there was that amazing feat he pulled in 1984. At the age of 70. That's when he had himself shackled and handcuffed and towed 70 boats 1.5 miles in Long Beach Harbor. There I was at 14-years-old unable to swim a lick and this senior citizen was pulling boats thru the water. You would have thought that would have been an inspiration for me to at least learn how to swim. Not so much, but I did admire his uncanny agelessness.
I hate to admit it but the one thing that always comes to mind when I think of LaLanne was those jumpsuits he insisted on wearing all the time. I have no doubt that they were fashionable at one point in time. We have the vintage news reels to prove it. I just don't remember seeing anyone push them so far into the 20th century as Jack did.
The fact that he was able to make it to 96 was clearly his living testament that living healthy pays its dividends. Of course George Burns made it to 100 and he smoked like a chimney for his entire adult life so you just really never know. At any rate...
Rest in peace, Mr. LaLanne