Monday, January 24, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: Praise for an exercise icon

 

Comment of the day: “Hey Jack, whip those angels into shape. R.I.P.” --6pt02x10to23

 

Jack LaLanne dies at age 96

 

America’s beloved fitness guru, Jack LaLanne died Sunday at his home in California, his agent said. He was 96. Many readers recalled how decades ago he either helped them, their mothers or their grandmothers get into shape, but mainly they hailed LaLanne for his lifelong devotion to staying healthy.

 

PoorTurkey said, “We will miss you, Jack. You squeezed out every drop that life had to offer.” Jim1956 said, “Jack left this world a better place then when found it. You can't do better in one lifetime." Guest said, “You have to have respect for anyone who can tow a 1,000 (pound) boat while swimming. From Alcatraz to SF harbor. Handcuffed. And shackled.” cpo7 said, “I remember Jack when I was a small boy and I'm older'n dirt. He will be missed by us old farts.”

 

Others shared how LaLanne impacted their lives. qqqqqjim said, “Jack turned me into a juicer years ago and I haven't been sick since, and I'm 73." PolarOP said, “Today's workout is for Jack. He has inspired me all my life." coffeebean2 said, “Goodbye Jack! I grew up with you, Howdy Doody, Roy Rogers, Tarzan, The Lone Ranger, Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Green Jeans, Mighty Mouse and Gumby. You, my friend, out lived them all!" butchwax said, “My mom had a crush on him. Saturday morning cartoons were off limits until he was done! R.I.P.”

 

Some readers commented on his physical prowess. MrBones said, “Honestly, I always pictured him going out while swimming the English Channel with a piano tied to him or something. Inspirational cat, this guy.” Codifex said, “Chuck Norris couldn't keep up with Jack LaLanne.” MisterSnow said, “Jack LaLanne once b**** slapped Chuck Norris, and Chuck Norris thanked him every day for a decade.”

 

Trooper punched drunk driver

Jarring video of a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper punching a woman multiple times failed to move CNN.com readers. The woman in question was drunk, had led Utah police officers on a high-speed chase that ended when they blocked her car, and most readers had no mercy for her while a few felt the trooper crossed the line.

 

ATP1964 said, “They should have shot her!” run2jazz2 said, “She got what she deserved!" pike1346 said, “I think they tried to do what was necessary. This woman had her car floored while they were trying to get her out of the car. The cops could have been killed. They should be awarded, not prosecuted.” Soupperman sarcastically said, “I guess the right thing to do was let her run them over and hurt someone else in her path.”

 

HarvardLaw92 said, “I don't know about you, but several blows in rapid succession without stopping to ascertain effectiveness doesn't strike me as a measured response. It strikes me as an emotionally charged response that he is trying to justify after the fact.” Minkakross said, “If he could break her window reach in and hit her he could have reached in to remove her hands from the steering wheel and cuffed her or reached in and opened the door."

 

Afghan children and opium

A story about mothers in Afghanistan who feed their children opium elicited strong responses from CNN.com readers, from empathy for the Afghan children to comparisons of similar problems in the United States.

 

beDecent said, “Ugh, what a vicious cycle. They don't even know what they're doing to their children and I am sure the majority of parents would stop if they knew what kind of effects any drug has on a brain, let alone a developing one. Education is the only way to help them at this point.” Bobby62 said, “It is very sad. This is also practiced in remote villages in Iran. Some children OD by accident as well. As parents we all love our children, unfortunately many in those areas can't do more.”

 

OuttaLuck said, “In America we just feed our kids Ritalin instead…Not much of a difference.” DeerLeg92 said, “Anyone comparing this to the use of Ritalin in the USA is completely ridiculous because those drugs are widely used and tested to effectively give kids with ADD/ADHD their attention back.” KritterKat said, “In some communities in America over 50 percent of children are functionally illiterate and are exposed to drugs before they are born. How are we any better? We don't even take equal care of our own people and we let this kind of behavior continue under our noses.”

 

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

 

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

6 Comments
January 24, 2011
Click to view alfredodos's profile

I had the pleasure of meeting Jack LaLanne a few years ago.  He is a part of television history.  He will be missed!

January 24, 2011
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I never take the time to post on here, but this is a once in a lifetime tribute to a once in a lifetime man.  I've been an adamant follower from day one and will continue to be for all the time that I have left on this earth. My only regret is that I never had the chance to meet this man, who possessed an unrivaled passion and zest for life. If we all had just a morsel of Jack LaLanne within us this world would be a marvelous and harmonious place for all. I could go on for hours but there isn't anything else I could say that hasn't been said already by the millions who Jack has affected in one way or another.  May you continue to watch over and guide your pupils with the liveliness and acumen that you possessed up until the end! I speak on behalf of all the LaLanne followers in Rhode Island when I say God bless you Jack LaLanne!

January 24, 2011
Click to view Jdodier's profile

I never take the time to post on here, but this is a once in a lifetime tribute to a once in a lifetime man.  I've been an adamant follower from day one and will continue to be for all the time that I have left on this earth. My only regret is that I never had the chance to meet this man, who possessed an unrivaled passion and zest for life. If we all had just a morsel of Jack LaLanne within us this world would be a marvelous and harmonious place for all. I could go on for hours but there isn't anything else I could say that hasn't been said already by the millions who Jack has affected in one way or another.  May you continue to watch over and guide your pupils with the liveliness and acumen that you possessed up until the end! I speak on behalf of all the LaLanne followers in Rhode Island when I say God bless you Jack LaLanne!

January 25, 2011
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My dad, Bob Kurtz Sr played football with Jack at Berkeley (CA) High School in 1933. Jack was the quarterback while my dad played tackle. He remained lifetime friends with Jack until his death in 2002.

 

When telling us about Jack, my dad emphasized what a friendly nice guy Jack was and how talented he always was.

 

Truly a lifetime success story.  There never will be another Jack LaLanne.

January 25, 2011
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kool

January 26, 2011
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He was truly a great man, and an inspiration for everyone. After all, we all have to get old at some point. I hope that I'm in as good of shape as he was, and die around the same age

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