Wednesday, September 17, 2008
(Still) Nifty at Fifty and Counting (Hoops, That is!)
We are celebrating the end of summer with a salute to the 50th anniversary of the hula hoop. Although hoops have a long history (in ancient Greece they were used for exercise,) it was in 1958 that Wham-O began to mass market hula hoops in America. The first summer they sold over 100 million. Remembering hooping from my childhood, I wondered how popular it still is. Apparently, VERY! I found directions on how to hula hoop at a hooping Internet site, amazing YouTube videos, and step-by-step directions on how to make my own hoop.
Our display invites you to give the hoop a whirl around your hips. Mr. Nelson was the first to demonstrate how hooping’s done. Students and staff were awed by his prowess.