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Walter Fredrick "Fred" Morrison

(January 23, 1920 – February 9, 2010)

He was an American inventor and entrepreneur, best known as the inventor of the Frisbee.

1937: The Picnic

Fredattended a picnic held by the family of his future wife, Lucile Nay. During this event, they having fun thrown in the top of popcorn can. But they find that a cake pan were far more durable. Fred & Ludeveloped a little business selling "Flyin'cake pans" on the beaches of Santa Monica, California. The tin had cost five cents.

1939 -1945: World War II

Mr. Morrison flew P-47 fighter-bombers inEurope, increasing his knowledge of aerodynamics. Returning to Los Angeles after the war, he worked as a carpenter, in his spare time putting his flying disc through successive refinements.

1948: Themeeting

In 1948, after modifying his drawings and experimenting with a number of prototypes, Morrison and Franscioni his partner, began producing the first plastic discs were called Flyin-Saucers.In 1955, after further improvement of his design, Morrison began producing a new disc, which he called the Pluto Platter.

1957: After Morrison sold the rights to Wham-O in 1957, the company namedthe disc the Frisbee.

The company then began marketing the Frisbee as a sports product, spurring the creation of Frisbee golf and the team sport known as ultimate Frisbee. Wham-O manufacturing hassold more than 200 million Frisbees since Morrison sold the company the rights.

1958:Mr. Morrison was awarded United States patent N° 183,626 for his “Flying Toy” in 1958.

1967: Ed Headrick Wham-O’s head of research anddevelopment, added the patented flight ridges to the top of the disc. This feature radically improved the disc's stability and speed

1984 : In 1984 the World Flying disc Federation was formed by the EFDF...
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