Did you play with Yo-Yo's when they were popular? Have you even heard of them?

Did you have a Yo-Yo? - duncan yo yo
United States
February 27, 2008 9:28am CST
Back in the 60's Yo-Yo's were a big thing for kids to play with. They came in different colors and some glowed in the dark. The most popular was made by Duncan and Royal. There were actually yo-yo competitions at one time! There were all kinds of trick that could be done with them and I think the easiest was "walk the dog"...even I could do that one...lol. Have you ever heard of a yo-yo? I'm sure the younger members haven't but us "oldsters" surely have. Did you have one?
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Yo-Yo's were popular? Oh well I guess I'm going to say No, because I wasn't alive in the 1960's. Also, if someone says they've never heard of a Yo-Yo because they're young than they must be living under a rock because it's not like Yo-Yo's don't still exist.
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• Australia
27 Feb 08
Exactly!
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• United States
28 Feb 08
From an article I read the fad came back again in the 90's but not nearly as big as it was in the 60's. There was a time when I don't think there was a kid who didn't have a yo yo.
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
27 Feb 08
Oh men they come back every few years. They are cool to have for few months and then they are soooooooo not cool few months later. Now days they have so many different yo yo's. They have the once that play music, the automatic recording (that record speed and what have you), the once with lights in them. I was never good with them as for tricks I would say I would have considered it a trick if I could spin it 5 times in one go lol.
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• United States
28 Feb 08
I have seen the yo yo's that play music but not the kind that record the speed! I'm sure they come in handy at competitions.
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• Australia
29 Feb 08
I have only seen it 1 time and it was my nephews friends yoyo it was interesting but a bit heavy and I have no idea where he got it.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Oh yes we sure did. All three of us kids had one and it seems everyone else in the neighborhood had one too. My brother knew some of the tricks too and would amaze me sometimes. I was always to afraid to try the tricks in fear of getting hurt but they were fun to play with as a kid.
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• United States
28 Feb 08
lol...I remember getting hit in the head trying my own tricks. I didn't take me long to learn I wasn't good at it and stopped.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
27 Feb 08
I do remember the Yoyo. All I ever learned to do was to make it go up and down. Do you remember the Smothers Brothers and Tommy's tricks along with the song "The Yoyo Man".You can see it here. http://youtube.com/watch?v=UR39tRbDcBk&feature=related I also remember the hula hoop. I couldn't do that ether. But I have noticed that these toys are around yet today. They seem to come and go.
• United States
28 Feb 08
I didn't even have to look at you tube because I was a big fan of the Smothers Brothers and that was one of my favorite songs that they did! I've seen the hula hoops and all the old toys around too it's too bad parents don't get their kids more involved with them.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I alway like the Smothers Brother Poor Tommy Mom like brother best.
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@starangel (414)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Yeah, I had a bunch of yo-yos. I never became an expert w/ all the tricks. What I did become a master of was string tricks. I can't remember what they're called now. But it's when you take a string or rubber band and move them a certain way to make designs or pictures. You could actually get a book to show you how to do it. That was one of the few girl things I did. lol. My kids like yo-yos, too. They now have yo-yos that retract on their own. I remember watching StarSearch(hows that for oldster? lol) and there was this one kid who was really good at it.
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• United States
28 Feb 08
Yes, I've heard of the string tricks and that's something I could n ever do even with the books!
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Yes I am an oldster and I have heard of yo-yo's and played with them. As for the younger ones, my grandson has a yo-yo and is pretty good with it. So it seems like whether you are young or old that the old faithful yo-yo is still around. My brother and I always had Duncan yo-yo's.
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• United States
28 Feb 08
I think it's a great toy especially for the kids of this generation. It's good for coordination and gets them away from video games. Anything that can do that is A+ in my books!
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
27 Feb 08
My son plays with yo-yos now. I think we got it from chucky cheese or some fun place. Now he uses them to sling across the room LOL We played with yoyos too back in my day, lots of fun when I could be bothered.
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
27 Feb 08
The 60's were before my time but I did have a couple yo-yo's when I was younger. The one I remember the most was a glow in the dark Duncan yo-yo. I also had a Chinese yo-yo which was paper rolled on a stick that you throw in the air.
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@timou87 (1642)
• Singapore
28 Feb 08
I was born in the late 80s and I still remember that Yo-Yos were all the rage in the mid 90s! It was crazy, with kids pestering their parents to buy a Yo-yo, and students playing with them and trying out new stunts and tricks during break times.
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• United States
28 Feb 08
The areticle I read said the fad did come back in the late 80's and 90's. I think most fads do.
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• Australia
27 Feb 08
Yeah, I used to really enjoy the Yo-Yo and eventually became really good at it! I miss playing with Yo-Yo's. Kids don't have toys like we used to back then. All their toys are so high tech and all. We had strategically challenged games. Rubix cube for example. Now, that's one that I could never really figure out pfff...
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• Australia
27 Feb 08
Oh, well, I wasn't born in the 60's but more like the 70's. I hate to tell you but Yo-Yo's were out and pretty popular in the 80's as well. In fact, wait, they still sell them but they are not what they used to be and you really don't see them as much anymore. However, they were out in the 70's and 80's as well and all my friends had yo-yos when I was growing up. So, they were not just a 60's thing....
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• India
28 Feb 08
Recently due to a TV show, yo-yo became quite popular at our place and my brother bought one. I also played a bit with it. But now its lying in some corner of the house because not much people play it.
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• United States
28 Feb 08
Yes to the answer did you have a yo-yo. I had a Duncan, I was born April, 15, 1959 and during that time was the yo-yo,motown,The Beatles,Elvis was still alive and going strong Kennedy was President. I got to stop there was so much going on.
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@joyangz32 (322)
• Netherlands
28 Feb 08
Yes, I did. But I can't do the tricks that other children did. I don't have one. I just borrowed it.
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@youless (92251)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Feb 08
Long time ago when I was young, Yo-Yo was ever famous here. Of course I had one for myself, but I wasn't so good at it. It became popular again a few years ago, but I didn't buy and play it any more.
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@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
28 Feb 08
Yes I do love yo-yo's and they can really help you with your stress.. its fun to have one I play with my son and see who does it better.
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@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I have had yo-yo's throughout my life, but i never really practiced with them. My uncle used to buy us them all the time. I think he liked to play with them more then we did. hehe its fun to watch, but i have very little patience with stuff like that to learn how to do it! ;)
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@ellie333 (21029)
28 Feb 08
I still play with them now when my son gets one in a party bag. No good at it though, prefer the hulahoop myself, good for the waistline too LOL Ellie :D
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@gantwick (849)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I used to be fairly good with a yo-yo. I'm still not too bad. My kids know what they are, although most of what they've seen have been cheaply made yo-yos that are sometimes freebies at the fair, or party favors. The nuns banned yo-yos in the 8th grade because we boys got very skillful at using the yo-yos for lifting the girls' skirts and for whapping each other on the arms and legs.
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
28 Feb 08
I played with yo yo's so much that's a good reason I'm a yo yo at times. My daughter did a road trip to the nearset city a few weeks ago and I went too because I was left in the hotel room with the two kids while she went in the morning to apply for pass ports and she and her hubby are planning a trip to Vegas in a few months. I had bought two brand new yo yo's from Yo Yo sam on Ebay and I took my yo yo and the kids and I had a good time. They were so pleased with their yo yo's.
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
28 Feb 08
In 60s i was not born yet.. lol. Still i have heard of them in childhood. me and my brother had a few of them i used to play a lot of them.I think now aday children don't care about them or they may not know it at all.
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