I ran across this fascinating 1958 CBC radio clip of a discussion between Byng Whitteker – a radio announcer entrenched in his belief that exercise is only good for children – and fitness advocate Lloyd Percival.
The world has changed a great deal in the past 50 years. In the clip, you get the sense that Lloyd was considered something of a wingnut with Byng being the rational one between them. Today, it’s pretty clear we’d have the opposite view of these gentlemen.
If you listen to the whole clip, you’ll be rewarded with a reference to something that seems ominously similar to the Atkins Diet. I don’t know about you but that seems freaky to me.
I was really impressed with Lloyd’s persistence and depth of knowledge. Listening to him makes me think that fitness wisdom has been around for a long time – the difficult part has always been to get people to hear the message.