January 19, 2011

History Lesson: The Frisbee

On January 23, 1957 the Wham-O toy company came out with a globally known toy-- the Frisbee.

The story goes that William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company and
the students from a nearby university would throw empty pie tins to one another yelling "Frisbie".  Then in 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the "Flying Saucer" that could fly more accurately and farther than the tin pie plates. In 1958, a year after the toy's first release, Wham-O--the company behind the Hula-Hoop--changed its name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company.

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