Oct. 9, 2002
Contact Pamela Young

Yo Dude Takes Yo-Yo's to New Heights During EMU's Family Day, Oct. 12

YPSILANTI - If you think of yo-yo's as small round wooden toys for kids, get ready for a big surprise. Thanks to technological innovations, these old-time toys have become the rage among both children and adults.

Eastern Michigan University's annual Family Day will feature the latest in hi-tech yo-yo's and more than 50 other free activities, Saturday, Oct. 12, noon - 4 p.m. at the University's main campus in Ypsilanti.

As part of the day's events, EMU alumnus Dennis Grzesiak, a.k.a the Yo Dude, will teach the latest maneuvers using traditional and hi-tech yo-yo's.

Grzesiak, who has taught and participated in yo-yo competitions for 45 years, will demonstrate such classic moves as Rock the Cradle, Around the World and Walk the Dog as well as the latest techniques like Cold Fusion, the Gyroscopic Flop, and the Double Helicopter.

"Within the last ten years, yo-yo's have evolved from the traditional wood to hi-tech plastic or aluminum bodies. The size and shape, however, still remain the same," said Grzesiak, of Oxford, MI. "Even the names reflect the change. For the past 75 years, there were only three brand names - Duncan, Hy/Ker and Cheerio. Now we've got Pro Yo, Turbo Bumblebee and the Yomega Raider."

For more information, access EMU's Family Day link at or call 734.487.4400.