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The Frisbee History The Frisby has a lot of different histories which mean there are a lot of potential inventors Some people say that the Frisbee came from being tossed from college students after eating a pie from the Frisbee Baking Company Yale students say that a under graduate Elihu Frisbee grabbed a collection tray and threw it out the window One day in 1948 a Los Angeles building inspector named Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the Frisbie that could fly further and with better accuracy than a tin pie plate Morrisons father was also an inventor who invented the automotive sealed-beam headlight Another interesting tidbit was that Morrison had just returned to America after World War II where he had been a prisoner in the infamous Stalag 13 His partnership with Warren Franscioni who was also a war veteran ended before their product had achieved any real success Morrison after his split with Franscioni produced a plastic Frisbie called the Pluto Platter to cash in on the growing popularity of UFOs with the American public The Pluto Platter has become the basic design for all Frisbies The outer third of the Frisbie disc is called the Morrison Slope listed in the patent Rich Knerr and AK Spud Melin were the owners of a new toy company called Wham-O Knerr and Melin also marketed the Hula-Hoop the Super Ball and the Water Wiggle They pair first saw Morrisons Pluto Platter in late 1955 They liked what they saw and convinced Morrison to sell them the rights to his design With a deal signed Wham-O began production 1131957 of more Pluto Platters The next year the original Frisbie Baking Company shut down and coincidentally Fred Morrison was awarded a patent Design patent 183626 for his flying disc Morrison to date has received over one million dollars in royalties for his invention The word
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