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Hula Hoop Inventor on Whats My Line Arthur (Spud) Melin, the inventor of the hula hoop, was a short-lived contestant on Whats My Line on September 14, 1958.
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Added: 20th January 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-01-20 
That was an impressive deduction by John Payne--even allowing that hula hoops were an extremely popular toy of the day.
Posted by: Naomi on 2009-01-20 
We were so easily amused back then, a kid could play with a hula hoop for hours and never get bored.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-01-20 
From what I've read about this fellow, he was unable to obtain a patent on the hula hoop. A friend had told him that schools in Australia used bamboo hoops in phys ed classes, so his idea wasn't original. (my elementary school had them too!) However, he was able to successfully trademark the name 'hula hoop' which made him very wealthy.
Posted by: Sprucemoose on 2009-01-30 
I wasn't allowed a Hula Hoop when I was a youngster. At 89 cents, it was just too much to spend for a toy.
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