Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hula hoops . . . awesome childhood memories


The hula hoop . . . a plastic toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs, or neck . . . what a fabulous fad it was . . . Wham-O sold 25 million hula hoops in the first four months and over 100 million in the first year it was released.

It is no wonder we didn't have the weight problems back in the day since hours were spent outside in the Florida heat and humidity, sweating profusely and perfecting the art of keeping the hula hoop up. The big challenge for me, my brother and friends was to see who could keep the hula hoop up the longest . . . and we were pretty good!

The dogs even loved the hula hoop! We always had at least five dogs at a time that stayed in the back yard who tried to get in on the action. You know how dogs are, they always think it is about them :) After getting caught in the hula hoop a few times, they quit trying to jump into the action. Dogs are so funny . . . they used to mess up our games of jump rope too!!

Even the adults got into the action and loved to hula hoop . . . we had many a good time with the endurance competitions . . . it is awesome family fun that really did bring our families together since everyone loved it.

Wham-O again struck it lucky with another toy fad . . . the release of the Frisbee after the hula hoop fad wore down . . . much to the delight of dogs everywhere . . . now they can really participate!


Even more facts and history about the hula hoop . . . click here.









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7 comments:

Lola said...

Awesome post! I remember the hula hoop also, though we didn't have any pets that would try and get in on the action. My kids are teen now, but when they were younger I spied hoola hoops at Toys-R-Us and bought them each one. They didn't "get" it. I think they get their coordination skills from their father. They lost interest really fast. The thing about the hoola hoop back in my day, and I suspect maybe yours too, was that was what we had for entertainment. That and our bicycles. Kids today are too darn spoiled with video games. Oh look at that, I'm sounding like an old fart.

Gina Alfani said...

You got me thinking about "why" we spent so many hours outside in the heat perfecting the hula hoop technique . . . other than the competitive thing.

You are so right . . . we didn't have all the cool toys that today's kids have.

Now that I think of it . . . the only people I see riding bikes in my neighborhood are adults. The kids are inside on the computer or playing video games.

jayewalking said...

I had some Hula Hoop flashbacks when I got my Wii Fit. One of the aerobic exercises is Hula Hoops and it's hard! (But much easier than it ever was to keep that hoop going in real life!).

Heart's Desire Jewelry said...

I LOVE your blog - how fun! Glad you dropped on my EC widget. I will have to drop by more often to relive the good ole' days :)

Gina Alfani said...

OMG the hula hoop makes a comeback on the Wii . . . too funny!!! It is great exercise . . . I need to find one . . .

I'm amazed at the number of friends I have made dropping EC :-)

askcherlock said...

Wow, this really brought back memories! Our lives were so simple then and a simple circle of plastic to twirl around you brought many laughs. I wonder if kids today are missing out on something....

Femmepower said...

i used to play hula hoops when i was a kid.it was so fun! thanks for bringing back the memories. now as a mom,i bought 1 for my daughter.but when she couldn't keep it twirling around her waist for more than 2 seconds,she gave up and went back to reading books and playing computer games.sigh.

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