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October 31, 2007

Jane Fonda's Legacy

Jane Fonda's Legacy

Back in the 1980's, an aerobics craze swept the country, and millions of American women were inspired to do group exercise classes for the first time. 

The fact that Jane Fonda was leading the charge didn't hurt. Everyone believed that nonstop jumping, kicking and running to a throbbing music beat would make you stronger and healthier. The frenzy caught on with Carol Espel. Carol was in New York trying to make a living as an actress, but teaching dance classes on the side. Soon she was teaching aerobics, doing close to 23 classes a week.

It didn't take long before Carol's feet started to hurt, and then her hips, but she kept on going because by then teaching aerobics was her career. It took her four years to admit she was in such pain she needed to see a doctor. At 44, she had her first hip replacement, then several years later, the other one. Many doctors today recommend low impact exercises. Carol joins many other victims of the aerobics craze who are now suffering for their enthusiasm. 

Brush With Fame - Wicked Witch Of The West

Kathy Hopwood holds dear her memories of hanging out in Washington, DC one day with the Wicked Witch of the West, actress Margaret Hamilton. Kathy met the famous thespian unexpectedly and spent close to 24 hours with her.

They began their day by searching out collectible dolls and finished by eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at 3:00 a.m. in "Maggie's" hotel room. Kathy says she has never forgotten the lesson she learned from her new friend - trust.


Jump by Van Halen and Invisible Touch by Genesis;
Main Title and Delirious Escape /End Title from The Wizard of Oz , Soundtrack from the Motion Picture

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