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Monday, March 5, 2012

The Hula Hoop was invented 49 years ago

On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company's co-founder, Arthur "Spud" Melin. 

An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone!

I had one but just could not get the hips into it. I think it-the hula hoop- was broken!
Now it’s road trip time to the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester NY. I think I’ll add it to my baseball HOF itinerary.