When I was growing up in the early 80s, ParticipACTION PSAs ran often. This ad, for example, is forever etched in my mind. I will sing this song on demand.

Then, there's Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod. Their Body Break clips were everywhere. If they look like a couple, it's because they were. They married in 1999.

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I don't know if you watch Amazing Race Canada, but Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod were one of the teams a few years ago. They didn't win, but Joanne's f-bomb was legendary.

November 21, 2016 @ 10:32 AM


In the late 90s, when I lived in northwest Oakville, I would come across Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod on a regular basis while out stroll(er)ing with my son(s) and Wheaten Terrier along the nice trails in our subdivision. They were friendly and chatty, but you could tell they were driven people with busy, hectic lives. I did not watch Amazing Race Canada (even when a friend of mine was part of the production crew a couple-few years back), but I can certainly imagine Joanne dropping f-bombs along the way. She seemed to be the more intense and competitive of the two.

November 21, 2016 @ 12:06 PM


ParticipACTION used celebs on occasion in their ads, and RetroOntario has preserved the evidence.

November 21, 2016 @ 7:29 PM

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