Jogging became a bone fide craze in the late 1970s and Hollywood celebrity couple Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man) and Farrah Fawcett (Charlie’s Angels) spoke about their favorite form of exercise in the July 4th, 1977 issue of People Magazine.
Let’s take a peek at this moment of sweat-inducing hilarity:
“Though they’ve been accused recently of running out on their contracts, Lee and Farrah Fawcett-Majors (opposite) insist that the only real running they do is for exercise. “It makes us feel good and healthy,” says ABC’s Six Million Dollar Man, who points out that he also jogs every week on TV—’at 60 miles an hour.’
One of Hollywood’s more athletic couples, Farrah is a devoted tennis player, Lee plays racquet-ball and touch football, and they started jogging together several years ago. Unlike some stars, they never got hooked on a particular time of day, and when busy schedules make it impossible for them to run together, the Majorses do it separately. Says Farrah: ‘It’s part of my life—like brushing my teeth.’ ”
Adding weight to Farrah Fawcett-Major’s athletic buns and Lee Major’s bionic leg sound effects – Jim Fixx‘s The Complete Book of Running was released in September of ’77. It sold over a million copies, became the best selling non-fiction title of the day and helped bring jogging into the mainstream. Oh, and there was Run, Joe, Run too. That title alone probably helped make running popular as well.
I’ll leave you with a bonus ad from the same July 4th, 1977 issue of People Magazine. Keep on runnin’!
People Magazine, Six Million Dollar Man, Charlie’s Angels