Richard Simmons may be about to celebrate birthday number 64, but age most certainly is not slowing this fitness guru down! Allow us to introduce you to the man now known as “Dickie Jukebox.”
Richard Simmons is making 63 years old look fabulous. The man infamously known for high energy and short shorts recently spoke to Men’s Health magazine about his trademark attire, his impressive doll collection and what his new nickname is all about.
These days the public can find Richard Simmons sweating it out at his own gym, Slimmons. For a full hour and 25 minutes the once obese fitness guru (known there as Dickie Jukebox because he owns “thousands and thousands and thousands of songs”) shakes in his infamous shorts and encourages others to do the same.
Sadly, Simmons, who is seen here at a Dance to Conquer Cancer event in February, is in danger of running out of shorts! “They don’t make Dolfin shorts anymore,” he said, breaking the shocking news to the magazine. “It’s true! I’m not lying. They’re from 1979, and they don’t make them anymore because the material is flammable. Literally flammable! They’re not allowed in the United States anymore.”
Never fear, though. The curly-haired motivator is prepared. “I’ve got 400 pairs,” Richard Simmons said reassuringly.
“People write to me all the time and say, ‘Dear Richard, I was cleaning out my garage and you’re just never going to guess what I found. I’ve got two pair of Dolfin shorts!’ And they send them to me… I’m going to donate all of my clothing to the Smithsonian after I die, because I want my own wing. I don’t want just, like, a Fonzie jacket. I want the Richard Simmons wing.”
What’s not quite as clear, however, is what will happen to Richard Simmons’ staggering doll collection down the road. “I have a one-of-a-kind collection of dolls,” he confessed. “My house is like a museum… But I have at least 400 dolls in my house at all times, and then I switch them out. We all collect something. Your mother could’ve collected salt and pepper shakers. It’s fun when you’re younger, but then we get to our 60s and think, ‘What am I doing with all this stuff?'”
As for retiring? Richard Simmons told Men’s Health don’t bet on it. “Oh no, I couldn’t do that,” he insisted at the suggestion. “I wouldn’t be able to sit still. If I have to die, I want to combust in the middle of one of my classes.”
Here’s hoping there are many more years of short-shorts — without any combustion — ahead for Richard Simmons!