Posts tagged ‘Richard Simmons’

January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne Dies

by Accidental Bear

Taped to walls as a queer kid were the typical BOP Magazine pin-ups , Duran Duran, Corey Hart, Cyndi Lauper and so on. I also had a fitness section with photos of body builders (now we know I just had then to stare at their man lumps in their banana hammocks). I distinctly remember  a poster I had of Jack LaLanne. Maybe this was my attempt to display some normalcy amongst my ” sissy room”. I’d lie in bed and stare at Jacks poster for hours admiring the strength. Between me and you I would also pose in the mirror in all sorts of contorted poses I saw in body building magazines. I grew up in a jock house hold, so it was covered in sports magazine. These also came very handy when puberty hit ( wink wink). So, to you Jack LaLanne, your impact on lives spread much deeper than you could ever imagine. Thank you from my queer youth of the 80s.

Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne Dies

Jack Lalanne, Who Helped America Get in Shape for Over 80 Years, Dies at 96


Fitness legend Jack LaLanne, who spent nearly 80 years helping Americans get in shape, died Sunday at the age of 96. He was a workout pioneer and cultural icon whose brawny physique and enthusiasm set the bar high for so many television diet-gurus who followed his lead.


LaLanne’s agent Rick Hersh told the Associated Press that he died Sunday at his Morro Bay home from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia.

Elaine LaLanne, who often appeared on television with her husband, said in a statement that “I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.”

He was best known for his fitness show “The Jack LaLanne Show” which started in 1951 as a local program on San Francisco’s ABC Television station and then went nationwide in 1959. He debuted exercises that just required a chair and towel—no special equipment. LaLanne greeted his audiences in their living rooms with his trademark uniform, a shiny jumpsuit, on ABC for over 20 years.

“I tell the truth, I practice what I preach. I’m helping people to a better life,” LaLanne said.

He launched his first fitness club in Oakland, Calif. in 1936. This club included weight training for women and athletes, notions which were revolutionary because of the belief that weight training made an athlete slow and “muscle bound” and made a woman look masculine. LaLanne also invented many of the machines we still use today.

Upon hearing of the legend’s death Sunday, Richard Simmons gave LaLanne full credit for inspiring his work.

“He could get a crowd going and when we traveled together he was just so much fun to be with him and we had a lot of laughter together,” Simmons said.


January 12, 2011

Richard Simmons, Who, What are You?

by Accidental Bear

The thing about Richard Simmons is that his freak, trumps his gay , which in turns makes him more acceptable by the popular majority. Growing up I saw public figures like him and Boy George , but didn’t know how to categorize them in my mind. There were, queers, jocks, actors,musicians but I didn’t know what Mr Simmons was, really. He wears negative length shorts, nude tights and a picked out white mans afro. I was afraid to be caught watching him in fear that I would be busted, of what I don’t know. I have to admit something to you, I LIKE RICHARD SIMMONS. He’s funny, outrageous and doing his own thing ( I applaud) . Growing out of my peculiar somewhat homephobic views on flaming queens, I accept Richard in all his lady like glory. Keep on keepin’ on Mr Simmons

Questions I have for Richard Simmons: Are you gay ( out) ? How old are you? Are you selling a book, video or clothing because I see you all over my televisions this week? Lets do some digging.

Richard facts and Quotes

1.Everyone who really knows me knows that I am a serious collector of many B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L dolls!

2. MARCH 25–Richard Simmons was arrested yesterday and charged with assaulting a Harley Davidson salesman during a confrontation at a Phoenix airport. No, that is not a joke. The 54-year-old fitness guru (5′ 7″, 155 pounds) laid the smackdown on one Chris Farney, a 23-year-old Mesa man (6′ 1″ and 255 pounds) who happens to cage wrestle in his spare time. MORE

3. According to Richard Simmons’ website, in the past three decades since he has become a fitness expert, he has “helped millions of overweight men and women lose close to 3,000,000 pounds.” How much fat is that? Compare that fat to food, and it’s enough to fill up a football stadium.

“I might as well be gay. And not just because I love rhinestones and Barbara Streisand. But because I’m a sensitive person who is supportive of gay people the same way I’m sensitive to grossly obese people and ugly people.” Richard Simmons quote
“Back in the 70s and 80s, women felt the discrimination of being overweight. And now 35% of the letters I receive are from men.”