Jack LaLanne died January 23, 2011 at age 96. You probably remember him as the fitness guru who celebrated his 70th birthday by towing, handcuffed, 70 loaded boats 1.5 miles.
When he was about to turn 95, he said he’d celebrate his birthday by towing his wife Elaine, then 84, across the bathtub. (I learned this from an entertaining article by Scott Ostler in the San Francisco Chronicle October 8, 2009.
LaLanne promoted — and lived his long, strong life dedicated to — a stringent and unrelenting exercise and nutrition program. Good sex was part of the lifelong program. “I’m not like I was at 21,” he admitted at 90, “but I do the best I can with the equipment. And Elaine’s always smiling.” (Thanks to Carolyne Zinko for that quote.)
LaLanne died shortly after Elaine, his wife of 51 years, put a smile on his face by singing to him, “If I were the only girl in the world and you were the only boy. Nothing else would matter in the world today. We could go on loving in the same old way,” according to USA Today.