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Frisbee

While the word Frisbee is claimed as a trademark of the Wham-O[?] toy company, the term is often used generically to describe flying discs similar to those made by that company. They are generally plastic, roughly 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm) in diameter, and designed to be thrown and caught by hand.

The Flyin-Saucer, originally invented by Walter Frederick Morrison[?] and codeveloped and financed by Warren Franscioni[?] in 1948, was unsuccessful, but a later model made by Morrison in 1955 and sold as the "Pluto Platter" was bought by Wham-O in 1957. Wham-O renamed the toy "Frisbee", a (probably deliberate) misspelling of the name of the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, whose pie tins had been used by college students in the area for similar purposes. The first Frisbees were produced on January 13, 1957.

Upon his death, Morrison was cremated and his ashes turned into Frisbees.

Frisbee Games

Book

  • Frisbee, A Practitioner's Manual and Definitive Treatise Stancil E.D. Johnson, M.D. Workman Publishing Company, New York (July, 1975) ISBN 0-911104-53-4



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