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RIP Jack LaLanne

[Note: We heard about Jack’s passing but didn’t think he was a MSTory person until alert reader Kathy informed us that he is briefly seen in “City on Fire.” He’s not in the IMDB and Daddy-O never added him to the MSTory database, but Kathy’s right: he’s in the movie!)

MORRO BAY, Calif.–Jack LaLanne, the seemingly eternal master of health and fitness who first popularized the idea that Americans should work out and eat right to retain youthfulness and vigor, died at his home here Sunday, Jan. 23, of respiratory failure due to pneumonia. He was 96.
MSTies will remember that he can be seen and heard on a monitor at the TV station shown in the movie in episode K16- CITY ON FIRE.

His New York Times obit is here.

13 Replies to “RIP Jack LaLanne”

  1. Yipe Striper says:

    Was that Jack’s only reference in the show? i think i remember a skit or something…

    am i crazy?

    anyway… So long, Jack.

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  2. Cody Himes says:

    They also mentioned Jack in the lyrics to their theme from The Girl in Lovers’ Lane.

    RIP Jack. Too bad you had to go when America seems to need you the most.

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  3. Captn Ross Hagen says:

    He could have helped Brain guy pull Bobo out of the worm hole.(The what hole?)

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  4. ck says:

    This news bugs me. It really bugs me!

    He was only four years from 100.

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  5. My dad will be 89 next month. He’s never eaten particularly healthy and fishing was his idea of exercise. And he survived WW2. Just sayin’…

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  6. BIG61AL says:

    [tear drop] I can honestly say I have nothing but good things to say about Jack. He’s alright in my book.

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  7. SAVE FERRIS says:



    A gentleman blessed with boundless energy, incredible attitude, and a personality nearly impossible to dislike, who once said,


    I can’t die. It would ruin my image.




    Rest easy, Mr. LaLanne……..your image is safe. :cry:

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  8. darthservo says:

    I raise a glass of juice in your memory Jack.

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  9. wotunw5o says:

    I was producing some health and wellness radio show that booked him as a guest. When I called him his wife answered the phone, because he was busy exercising. Seemed like a nice guy from my short interaction with him.

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  10. Titanius Anglesmith, Fancy Man of Cornwood says:

    Sad part is that he’s probably still healthier than most people.

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  11. Gary Bowden says:

    Probably one of the coolest and most inspirational people to ever grace the planet.He will be missed.

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  12. Creeping Terror says:

    Jack would be proud to know that I’ve lost 20 lbs. in the last four months last year. Although, I WAS eating a microwave burrito when I read this. So, I guess it all cancels out.

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  13. lancecorbain says:

    Jack can also be seen in a very brief cameo at the beginning of the Adam West Batman movie. I never caught it until it was released on dvd and I heard the commentary. He and some others doing aerobics on a rooftop wave at the Batcopter as it flies over. RIP.

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