Walter Frederick Morrison
January 23, 1920 – February 9, 2010
His most famous invention…
In backyards everywhere this week, people heading up their ladders to retrieve a Frisbee®, paused to remember Walter Morrison. It was on the West Coast in the winter of ’57 that Morrison started to produce his metal flying disks (yes…metal). Morrison had an interest in flying saucers and called his disk the Pluto Platter. He soon hooked up with a company called Wham-O to market his flying disk and they changed the name to “Flyin’ Saucers”. To the delight of dogs everywhere, Wham-O manufactured the disk in plastic.
Meanwhile on the East Coast a group of Yale students were involved in a pastime of throwing around tin pie plates from a local bakery. The president of Wham-O heard about it and borrowed the name from the bakery. Yes, Sherman? You are correct…The name of the bakery was The Frisbie Baking Company. And the rest, as “they” say, is history!
We are all Frisbeetarians* now.
*The belief that when you die, your soul floats away and gets stuck on the roof.
Attributed to comedian George Carlin.