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Oct. 1, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Young

Yo-Yo master takes expertise to new heights at EMU’s Family Day, Oct. 9

YPSILANTIRemember those small wooden toys called yo-yos? Those small round toys aren’t so small or wooden any more. Now they’re made of high-tech plastic or aluminum, and are made by companies with names like Yomega Raider, Bumblebee, Turbo and Pro Yo. What hasn’t changed, though, is the fascination people have for yo-yo experts at work.

            One of these experts, Dennis Grzesiak, a.k.a., the Yo Dude, will show off his skills with yo-yos during Eastern Michigan University’s annual Family Day, Saturday, Oct. 9, noon – 4 p.m. at EMU’s main campus in Ypsilanti.

            Grzesiak, an EMU alumnus from Oxford, Mich., will demonstrate modern yo-yo techniques – like Cold Fusion, the Gyroscopic Flop and the Double Helicopter – using both traditional and high-tech yo-yos.

            Grzesiak has been teaching yo-yo tricks and participating in competitions for more than 47 years.

            For more information on Yo Dude, and a complete list of the more than 50 free activities at EMU’s Family Day, go to www.emich.edu/familyday.


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