Jack LaLanne – TV Pioneer

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Jack LaLanne – TV Pioneer

Television pioneer Jack LaLanne has passed at the age of 96. Already well known in the Bay Area for his health spa (gym), “The Jack LaLanne Show” began in 1951 as a local program on San Francisco’s KGO-TV, and was carried nationally on ABC starting in 1959. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids (like me) to wake their moms and drag them in front of the set. His TV exercises used no special equipment, just household items like a chair and a towel.