Jack LaLanne at 88


From a Dateline NBC interview with fitness guru Jack La Lanne, who will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 26, his 88th birthday:

Keith Morrison: A lot of people, once they start to get older, have things like strokes and heart attacks, high blood pressure, arthritis, those kinds of diseases that are associated with age. Have you had a heart attack?

Jack La Lanne: I can’t afford to. It’d wreck my image. I can’t afford to die, man.


Jack La Lanne: Would you get your dog up in the morning and give him a cup of coffee, a cigarette and a doughnut?

Keith Morrison: You told me that the first time I interviewed you.

Jack La Lanne: You’ll kill the dog.


Keith Morrison: Why don’t you retire? Take it easy?

Jack La Lanne: Are you kidding, retirement? Man, I thought you’re my buddy and you like me. Retirement is a death knell. That’s why so many people die prematurely. Retirement — that is the killer, that’s when you should start living.


Keith Morrison: So can we come see you when you’re 100?

Jack La Lanne: I hope so. I hope you’re around.

Related Links

  • Snap!: Ab Fab – Photo of La Lanne getting his Hollywood Blvd. star. From LA Weekly.

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