In the Fast Lane with Gary Hall Jr.

Musings on Speedo modeling, Nicole Johnson, and interviewing Joe Frazier.

By Gary Hall Jr.

So I filmed a couple of episodes for dLife and the first episode that I appear on airs on the 3rd of April. I attempt dialog with Smokin' Joe Frazier in this one and you can be amused if you tune in. Two episodes have aired at the time that I write this and I guess that ratings are high. That's good news. Keep coming back.

Yeah, I was a Speedo model. But that was a long time ago and it's not something that I'm proud of.

That's funny to me. You have no idea what kind of abuse you take from friends when you're a Speedo model. I can't say the words "Speedo model" with a straight face. Try it. Can you? I always thought it would be funny to make up business cards, but the funnier thing than Gary Hall Jr., Speedo Model would be... Gary Hall Jr. Former Speedo Model.

It was a long time ago but obviously, I'm still disturbed by the experience.

On a more serious note, I continue to do work for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. Both groups are great to work with. The ADA has extended an invitation for me to serve on a new advisory board for the advisory leadership council. I am thrilled to be more involved with this program. I will also have the privilege of serving with dLifeTV's own Nicole Johnson Baker who has been involved with the ADA for many years.

Nicole was a pleasure to work with on this dLife project and I look forward to working with her more in the future. Some people might have some misconceptions about a beauty queen, well, some might have some ideas about professional athletes or Speedo models as well, but I have to say that for being a former Miss America, comfortable on the runway and in a tiara, Nicole has her feet planted firmly on the ground. She is hard working, determined, caring and intelligent- to name a short list of her qualities. The diabetes community is lucky to have such an advocate.

joe frazier gary hall jr picture dLifeTVJoe Frazier (L) and Gary Hall, Jr. (R) on dLifeTV

Okay, Joe's interview was difficult. I had a tough time with it. Maybe it was me. I have to admit that I like Joe Frazier. Watching the Muhammad Ali highlight reels Joe Frazier always seemed like a decent guy to me. There is Ali, "The Greatest" running on about anything and everything. I'm sure that Ali would have slandered Mother Theresa if she was scheduled to get in the ring with him. In jest perhaps. Definitely in the way that only Ali could get away with. But, I like Frazier's story, and I don't need to mention that he was one hell of a boxer that did beat "The Greatest."

Anyway, my admiration for the boxer didn't help make this interview with Joe go any easier. He's a nice guy. I have Attention Deficit Disorder, but I seem like, accountant focused next to Smokin' Joe. I don't know. I haven't seen the interview yet and those folks in the editing rooms can work miracles, notes Keanu Reeves, but it's going to take a lot of cutting and pasting to make my conversation with Joe come across fluently. I got a kick out of it and I hope you do too.

Now, I'm off to Europe for five weeks. It's for business. But before I go I film an event called the Miami Beach Sports and Fitness Festival and Rimini Games event on Fox Sports. An event in Orlando, a convention for pharmacists, a fashion event in New York where I will be wearing a kilt on a runway, and a few other things. It's a weird life sometimes. I'm Gary Hall, Jr. and I'm still busy but not too busy for you - my dLife friends.


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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

Last Modified Date: June 27, 2013

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