Orpheum theatre historian Norman Young recalls his first time onstage at the Orpheum as a child, when he entered a yo-yo contest—one of many Ivan Ackery designs to attract children and their families to the theatre.

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NARRATOR
Orpheum theatre historian Norman Young recalls his first time onstage at the
Orpheum as a child, when he entered a yo-yo contest—one of many Ivan Ackery
designs to attract children and their families to the theatre.

NORMAN YOUNG
Harvey Lowe, at 14, was the world’s yo-yo champion. Vancouver boy. Won the
title at London England at the Great World’s Yo-Yo Championship.

Harvey Lowe could do anything with a yo-yo – he could play with three yo-yos at
once. I mean, he was unbelievable.

The yo-yo was the rage anyway, and it became a special rage, in some ways, in
Vancouver. So, if you were a kid, you’d go to a corner grocery store and you’d
sign up for the Cheerio Yo-Yo contest. And you buy your yo-yo there, and you
play 10 specific yo-yo things: walking the dog, cat’s cradle. And you go in the
contest.

And there I was, on the stage at the Orpheum Theatre, doing it. They did 10. If
you missed, you got off the stage, like a dance marathon. Down until one guy
won.

I think I might have been on there when there were still 50 people. But I played
the Orpheum when I was 10 years old. Have you got that on your resume?


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