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Inventor of the Frisbee dies aged 90
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | Telegraph

Posted on 02/11/2010 11:20:17 PM PST by bogusname

Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died aged 90. Utah House Rep. Kay McIff, an attorney who represented Mr Morrison in a royalties case, said he died at his home in Monroe, Utah, on Tuesday.

"That simple little toy has permeated every continent in every country, as many homes have Frisbees as any other device ever invented," Mr McIff said. "How would you get through your youth without learning to throw a Frisbee?" Mr Morrison's son, Walt, said that "old age caught up" with his father and that he also had cancer.

"He was a nice guy. He helped a lot of people," Walt Morrison said. "He was an entrepreneur. He was always looking for something to do."

Mr Morrison sold the production and manufacturing rights to his "Pluto Platter" in 1957. The plastic flying disc was later renamed the "Frisbee," with sales surpassing 200 million discs. It is now a staple at beaches and college campuses across the country and spawned sports like Frisbee golf and the team sport Ultimate...

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: frisbee; invention; obituary
Is the hula hoop guy still kicking?
1 posted on 02/11/2010 11:20:17 PM PST by bogusname
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To: bogusname

Will he come back if you throw him up at a 45 degree angle?

(sorry)


2 posted on 02/11/2010 11:29:09 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: rbosque

I’ve always wondered what it took to keep the Super Ball inventor down.


3 posted on 02/11/2010 11:31:47 PM PST by Salamander (....and I'm sure I need some rest but sleepin' don't come very easy in a straight white vest.......)
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To: rbosque

Well I’m not going to catch him. LOL


4 posted on 02/11/2010 11:38:34 PM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: Salamander

When the writer of the “Hokey Pokey” died they had a hard time at the funeral.

They put his right foot in, he put his right foot out, they put his right foot in...


5 posted on 02/11/2010 11:44:36 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: bogusname
Well, what an worth while life, giving the gift of happiness to literally Millions.
Rest in peace.
6 posted on 02/11/2010 11:51:51 PM PST by BigCinBigD (')
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To: bogusname

I always thought the inventer was named Frisbee. How else would they come up with such a name?


7 posted on 02/12/2010 12:06:19 AM PST by Defiant (Atheists hate us because they fear they are wrong. Jihadis hate us because they know they are wrong.)
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To: Defiant

It was a pie company named Frisbee. He used to throw the pie plates and decided to make a plastic version.


8 posted on 02/12/2010 12:09:05 AM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: bogusname

Me neither.


9 posted on 02/12/2010 12:22:03 AM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Defiant

Frisbee historian Malafronte believes truck drivers for the company were the first to toss Frisbie Pie tins on the loading docks during idle times. The tins bore the words "Frisbie's Pies" and had six small holes in the center, in a star pattern, that hummed when the tin flew.

HISTORY OF FRISBIES

10 posted on 02/12/2010 12:25:24 AM PST by Zack Attack
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Post of the decade !!

LMAO......:o)


11 posted on 02/12/2010 1:14:58 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: rbosque

No, but it will if you throw it straight up!


12 posted on 02/12/2010 2:47:36 AM PST by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: rbosque

(Will he come back if you throw him up at a 45 degree angle?)

Mr Wizard’s answer: No, but he will if you throw him straight up!


13 posted on 02/12/2010 2:49:33 AM PST by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: rbosque
I am a Frisbeetarian.

We believe that when you die, your soul gets stuck on the garage roof.

14 posted on 02/12/2010 4:16:56 AM PST by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: bogusname

Without the Frisbee, Animal Planet could never have produced “Pet Star”. Half their acts would be non-existent, and they would have had to provide psychiatric therapy for a whole bunch of Labs, Goldens, Border Collies, etc.


15 posted on 02/12/2010 4:28:39 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bogusname
The sect known as the "Church of the Infinite Frisbee" has the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and no one can get it down.
16 posted on 02/12/2010 6:30:15 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I had a friend that was so totally addicted to crosswords that his will demanded that he be buried six down and three across.


17 posted on 02/12/2010 6:32:17 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: capt. norm

LOL-They’re located in California no doubt.


18 posted on 02/12/2010 6:39:11 AM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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To: ArtDodger

As long as you get out of the way! :-)


19 posted on 02/12/2010 8:47:05 AM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Lawgvr1955

LOL!


20 posted on 02/12/2010 8:47:30 AM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Zack Attack; bogusname

Thanks, very interesting. Did Frisbie Pies ever get anything out of the deal?


21 posted on 02/12/2010 8:49:34 AM PST by Defiant (Atheists hate us because they fear they are wrong. Jihadis hate us because they know they are wrong.)
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To: bogusname

They’re located in California no doubt.

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Morrison claimed that the original idea for a flying disc toy came to him while throwing a popcorn can lid with his girlfriend, Lu, whom he later married.

The popcorn lid soon dented which led to the discovery that cake pans flew better and were more common.

The two of them developed a little business selling “Flyin’ Cake Pans” on the beaches of Santa Monica, California.


22 posted on 02/12/2010 9:02:21 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: bogusname

Invented in New Haven, CT, just like pizza and the town green.


23 posted on 02/12/2010 9:19:27 AM PST by montag813
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To: BigCinBigD
Cute video here sent to me by a Facebook friend. American kids were certainly in better shape physically when we were throwing frisbees, twirling hula-hoops and playing baseball instead of playing with electronic toys.
24 posted on 02/13/2010 8:19:52 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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Not exactly on topic but close enough.

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25 posted on 02/14/2010 5:49:58 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: bogusname

as he once explained the invention:

“I was wondering why that pie tin was getting bigger, then wham-o, it hit me ...”


26 posted on 02/14/2010 6:11:13 AM PST by fnord (497 and a half feet of rope? ... oh, I just carry it.)
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To: fnord

:-D


27 posted on 02/14/2010 6:17:21 AM PST by bogusname (Banish All Liberals)
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