exercise guru

One of the many personal memories Jacqueline Kennedy lovingly shares is her husband’s frequent morning wake-ups in the White House.

“The television, gosh sometimes it was loud … there’d be cartoons, and there was this awful exercise man, Jack La…,” Jacqueline recalled, referring to 1960s exercise guru Jack LaLanne.

Caroline and John would be rolling on the floor doing exercises to Jack LaLanne with their father encouraging them.

“He’d have them tumbling around. He loved those children tumbling around him,” she said.

According to Caroline Kennedy, her father didn’t like to read to his children, preferring to make up stories instead. Many of them starred Caroline and a pony, and in his stories she frequently won the Grand National horse race, beating a Miss Shaw and Mrs. Throttlebottom. In his tales, there were also sharks, a girl named Maybelle who hid in the woods, and sometimes the kids would join him on a PT boat and sink a Japanese destroyer.