The Hula Hoop® toy is the most popular American toy ever made. It is a brightly colored hoop of plastic which is rotated round and round the body by moving the hips. The toy was introduced by Wham-O Manufacturing in 1958. It cost $1.98, and it was so popular that stores kept running out. In the first six months, Americans purchased 20 million Hula Hoop® toys. In 1958, 100 million were sold worldwide. All over the United States, people held Hula Hoop® contests to see who could spin the longest.
That was then, this is now. It seems the new generation has discovered the hula hoop. Here is a photo of my daughter Heather at the Project Earth Music Festival in Minnesota.
This is definately NOT your mother's hula hoop.