"When I'm serious, I get very serious. When I live, I live for keeps. I tear the grass in great big heaps. Hey, to that person out there, pull your gut in! Straighten up!"
About This Interview
Television fitness host Jack LaLanne (1914-2011) was interviewed for two hours in Morro Bay, CA. He spoke about his youth as a gawky teenager, and how his interest in bodybuilding transformed him into an internationally-known fitness guru. He chronicled the founding of his gym and the creation and development of his syndicated Jack LaLanne Show. He talked about the production and format of the long-running show as well as the origins of many of its signature elements and marketing promotions. He also discussed his guest appearances on other series including The Ed Sullivan Show and You Bet Your Life. B-roll consisted of a personal tour of his home gym as well as some of the first bodybuilding machines he invented. Also included on the b-roll was a short stand-up interview with his wife (and co-producer) Elaine LaLanne. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on September 12, 2003.