Jack LaLanne, 96, dies: Elaine always floated his boat

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.


  1. Anonymous on March 26, 2011 at 12:48 am

    What a stud. That's what I want to be like when I hit 90.


  2. paula, 57 on October 20, 2009 at 4:06 am

    My mom and I used to take a break from cleaning house (well – I was about five so she was doing most of the cleaning) to work out to Jack LaLane. I think this must have been my first experience with exercising, and it was fun. I'm still exercising. Thanks, Jack!

  3. Royal Bouquet Florist on October 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing. This was definitely yet another inspirational message from Jack. The man is truly amazing. Exercise is definitely crucial to longevity, and I say coupled with love and positive emotional support (thanks Elaine!)it is a winning combination. I recommend exercising too along with floral gifts (because they have such positive impacts).

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