February 2, 1989 |
The Smothers Brothers have had their ups and downs as entertainers, but never so literally as in their videocassette from Kodak Video Programs, The Yo-Yo Man Instructional Video. It's a lighthearted how-to on all aspects of yo-yo handling that hums along as slickly as a good sleeper. On the same stage as their revived TV series, The New Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Dick Smothers introduces brother Tom as the quintessential nerd who couldn't win friends or influence people until he traveled the mystical path to the state of Yo. Under the tutelage of the enigmatic Yo Master, Tom learned the skills that transformed him from a nebbish into the charismatic Yo-Yo Man. This is the cute but convoluted pretext for introducing a solemn young yo- yo expert who is identified as Daniel Volk on the box but left uncredited on the tape itself.
January 17, 2014 |
THE CEMETERY in Southwest Philadelphia is an abandoned, tumbledown ruin, overgrown in many places, gravestones knocked on their sides. To attempt to find a grave there, amid tens of thousands of graves, would have been impossible without the help of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, a volunteer group working to preserve and restore the property. The email was answered within a day or so. Harry Shifren's grave is in Section K, Range 29, Lot 41. With a map, it took only a few minutes to find.
October 8, 2004 |
The New Jersey Assembly took the unusual step yesterday of voting to ban a consumer product from being sold in the state. The Yo Yo Water Ball, a liquid-filled ball attached to a stretchy cord that sells for $1 to $5 under a variety of names, has been blamed in hundreds of injuries to children nationwide. But the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that the rate and severity of injuries thus far did not warrant action against the product, millions of which have been sold.
December 16, 2004 |
Jim O'Brien has a set way for the 76ers to play offense and defense, but it's the coach's yo-yo strategy that is getting the most raves right now in his team's three-game winning streak. There are no X's and O's with the yo-yo strategy. It's more simple: A player sits for two games or so, returns to the lineup, releases all his pent-up energy - and possibly, frustration - and helps his team win. The latest player to follow this plan, Willie Green, was the catalyst in the Sixers' rally from an 18-point deficit to a 110-102 victory Tuesday night over the Denver Nuggets.
January 24, 2000 |
A professional yo-yo man hit Burlington County this weekend with the single goal of broadening the minds of youths. "Most kids can do just three tricks," said Tim Redmond, a 24-year-old performer who takes yo-yoing seriously. "They know the 'Sleeper,' 'Walk the Dog,' and 'Rock the Baby.' But there are over 150 tricks to learn. " In a turned-back black beret, a white shirt, black pants, and a single nylon glove designed for pool players, the Pennsylvania native resembled a mime, except he shot double-fisted yo-yos into the air at speeds only a pro could be comfortable with.
October 5, 2004
I am writing in response to an article by Mitch Lipka that appeared in your online publication Sept. 27 regarding New Jersey's proposed state ban on the Yo Yo Waterball. I applaud New Jersey for taking action on this important child-safety issue! I am the Chicago mother who started a grassroots campaign in 2003 to get the Yo Yo Waterball banned for sale in the United States after my then-5-year-old son, Andrew, was nearly strangled by the cord of the toy. It was I who contacted Tina Schreffler after reading an article about her in your publication last year.
August 27, 1998 |
For Melissa King, the Chinese cultural camp she is attending this week is not so much about learning the Chinese culture as it is about ordering properly. The 10-year-old from Washington Township said she has been waiting to order by herself at a Chinese restaurant since she was really young. "My parents always ordered for me because I didn't know Chinese," Melissa said. "I hope this week will teach me to order by myself. " Language lessons are only part of South Jersey's first Chinese Cultural Camp, a week-long day camp at Voorhees Middle School designed to teach children such as Melissa about their heritage and identity.
October 12, 1997 |
It is a truism in the toy world that what goes up must come down. Cabbage Patch Kids? Gone to seed. The pet rock? Sunk. Beanie Babies? Soft. The hula hoop? Don't get around much anymore. The yo-yo, though, defies all the logic about toy fads. Over the last seven decades, the humble toy has been up and down more than an Imperial in the hands of a 10-year-old on a full-blown sugar rush. Today, the yo-yo's yo-yo effect is at work again. The fad has come around. That burst of color on schoolyards and in backyards is not the autumn leaves but yo-yos on the ends of strings.
March 9, 1998 |
His "sleeper" was hypnotic. He "walked the dog" without a mess. He performed the "loop the loop," "around the world," and "rock the baby" flawlessly. But Eric Simon, 14, really impressed the judge of the yo-yo contest held Saturday at the Hardware & Toy Center with his dexterous ability to make the toy climb up the string like a spider on silk. Simon, an eighth grader at General Wayne Middle School, has mastered the science and art of the yo-yo. With his black Terminator, he sketched vectors in the air, rounded out curves with the flick of a wrist, sending the toy out in all directions only to come back, like a gopher scurrying home, to the palm of his hand.
October 28, 1999 |
Steve Brown has had a lot of ups and downs during his short professional career. And he hopes that never changes. The 24-year old Brown, you see, is a professional yo-yo player. For a toy whose image is changing with the times, Brown is the perfect salesman. Armed with a colorful mohawk hairdo, Drew Carey-like glasses, "yo-yo man" tatoo and a steel briefcase full of yo-yo's, Brown is currently touring the country to help promote Duncan's new line of yo-yo's titled the Hardcore Series.