Friday, February 4, 2011
Good Bye Jack
This post is going to be short. I have been going back and forth on a proposal with my agent. My eyes feel like they’re going in circles from staring at the computer screen so long.
I was supposed to return from Chicago on Wednesday. But I had to go to a memorial Service for Jack LaLanne on Tuesday. I changed my return ticket as I was at the airport on the way out. I had no idea what a lucky break that was going to be. When looked at all the pictures of the cars stuck on Lake Shore Drive in the blizzard, I shuddered. Just the night before, I’d been zipping down the road on the way to the airport with no problem.
I know what the storm is like. I was there for the one in ‘67 when the snow drifts went to the top of mailboxes. I was working as a waitress at a neighborhood restaurant and my boss had to take a sled to Lake Shore Drive to pick up supplies because the side streets were too snow covered for the delivery trucks to come in.
I came home to sunshine and a slight chill. It was nice to go outside without having to bundle up.
Jack LaLanne’s memorial service was funny, touching and theatrical. How often do you hear applause at a funeral? Lots of people spoke and said the same thing. Jack was a great guy who wanted to help everybody enjoy the same high level of health and fitness he had.
Any of you who go to a gym owe Jack a big thank you. He was the first person to open a gym dedicated to resistence training. He was the first person to say that women should lift weights. He invented the basis for most of the equipment in gyms. The Jumping Jack was named for him.
There would be no fitness industry if it weren’t for Jack. It’s nice for a change to focus on the good one person did instead of the opposite.
So strange. All those years ago when I was a member of the Jack LaLanne Health Club in Reseda, in my wildest dreams, I never thought one day I’d met the namesake of the place. Isn’t life interesting?
Has anything like that ever happened to you?