State of Yo: Tom Kuhn’s Yo-Yo Revolution
Tractor Beam is currently in development on a documentary presently titled “State of Yo: Tom Kuhn’s Yo-Yo Revolution.” Kuhn’s bio and a short trailer follow:
Official Website: TomKuhn.com
Once a neighborhood Duncan yo-yo champion in 1955, Kuhn hadnâ€™t played in years when he was given a wooden yo-yo as a gift. When it broke, he set out to create an improved yo-yo, starting a second career which carries on to this day.
Kuhn is not only the creator, developer and manufacturer of the worldâ€™s first modular yo-yo The No Jive 3-in-1 and the patented Silver Bullet II (SB-2), the worldâ€™s first metal ball bearing yo-yo, but he is the first to launch a micro-manufacturing company for yo-yoâ€™s in 1976, that is basis of todayâ€™s limited edition yo-yo business marketplace.
In 1979 Kuhn created The Big Yo, a working 256 pound scaled up version of his revolutionary No Jive 3-in-1 model. This earned him a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records for largest functioning yo-yo.
In 1984 Kuhn taught astronaut David Griggs how to yo-yo for NASAâ€™s â€œToys in Spaceâ€ experiment and in 1992 another astronaut, Jeffrey Hoffman, played with the aluminum Silver Bullet II aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Since then, Kuhnâ€™s yo-yoâ€™s have ended up on over one dozen space missions.
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Tom Kuhn Custom Yo-Yo Brand Innovations:
â€¢ First dismantleable modular yo-yo that assembled in 3 different ways with a replaceable birch axle (the â€œNo Jive 3-in-1 Yo-Yoâ€) for longer spins
â€¢ First fully functioning ball bearing yo-yo, the Silver Bullet II, a quantum leap for yo-yo play as trick repertoires were expanded with the longer spin times
â€¢ First to sell a high-qualty $100 yo-yo product, which stimulated this niche micro-manufacturing industry
â€¢ First functioning large-scale yo-yo (the â€œBig Yoâ€) listed in the 1981 Guinness Record Book at Â 256 lbs. and 50â€ high. It was orignally launched by a crane over the San Francisco Bay and was an exact scale replica of the â€œNo Jiveâ€
â€¢ Created the Most Valuable Yo-Yo, a laser carved, sapphire and diamond bejeweled spectacle, valued at $10,000 and now permanently part of the Smithsonian Institutionâ€™s Permanent Collection
â€¢ First laser carved modular yo-yos
â€¢ First fully functioning wooden ball bearing yo-yos called Sleep Machine and Roller Woody
â€¢ First to perform live on stage with The Smothers Brothers, who dubbed him â€œDr. Yoâ€, appearing twice on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour TV Show
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