Fact File about the Invention of the Frisbee: Invention: Frisbee *** Date of Invention: 1946 *** Name of Inventor: Fred Morrison *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1920 - 2010 *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Cold War *** Category: Sport *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Fred Morrison, and the invention of the Frisbee ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Frisbee? The Frisbee was invented by Fred Morrison in 1946 during the Cold War era of inventions.
Fact 2: Who invented the Frisbee? Prior to the invention of the Frisbee
in 1946, people used a ball to play recreational games.
Fact 3: Who invented the Frisbee? The history of the Frisbee dates back
to the 1870's, when an enterprising baker in Bridgeport, Connecticut began to
sell homemade pies in re-useable tin pie plates.
Fact 4: Who invented the Frisbee? The baker's name was William Russell
Frisbie and this enterprising man came up with a novel idea for promoting his
re-useable pie dishes. He put his company's name 'Frisbie' on the face of the
tin plates as an usual, and unforgettable, marketing ploy.
Fact 5: Who invented the Frisbee? William Russell Frisbie's pies, in
their branded tin plates, were extremely popular and sold across the state of
Connecticut. Kids began to use the tin plates as an alternative to throwing
balls. As they tossed the dishes about they yelled "Frisbie" as a warning that
the plate had been thrown, so no one would get hurt by the flying discs.
Fact 6: Who invented the Frisbee? The "Frisbie" yell emulated the
golfing tradition in which golfers shout "Fore!", an abbreviation of ‘beware
before!’ to warn players in the flight of a golf ball. (The man credited with
the invention of the modern Frisbee, Fred Morrison, would later be referred to
as the "Father of Disc Golf")
Fact 7: Who invented the Frisbee? The Frisbie plated pies were sold to
colleges and universities, including Yale, and college students, remembering the
game played as kids, began to use the plates to play "Frisbie". The Inventor
Fred Morrison picked up on the idea and a new 'toy' was born.
Fact 8: Who invented the Frisbee? The inventor of the Frisbee, Fred Morrison, was born on January 16 1920 in Richfield, Utah, United States and died on February 9, 2010.
Fact 9: Who invented the Frisbee? The early years of Fred Morrison were spent in Richfield, Utah, United States where he was raised by his family. Fred Morrison
received a good education but did not undertake higher education at a University.
Fact 10: Who invented the Frisbee? Following his education he eventually
took up the profession of a building inspector. The idea for a new commercial
version of a flying disc hit Fred in 1937 when, after eating a picnic lunch,
began tossing a tin pie dish back and forth with his girlfriend Lu on a beach in
Fact 11: Who invented the Frisbee? People watching liked the idea of the
game and offered 25 cents for the tin pie plate. As such dishes were sold for
just 5 cents, it dawned on Fred Morrison that money could be made.
Fact 12: Who invented the Frisbee? Fred Morrison married his girlfriend
Lu and the couple began selling pie plate tins at local beaches.
Fact 13: Who invented the Frisbee? WW2 (1939 - 1945) erupted and Fred
Morrison became a pilot, and as he increased his knowledge of aerodynamics he
realized that he could design a flying disc design that flew further, and more
accurately, than pie tins.
Fact 14: Who invented the Frisbee? He returned from the war and in 1946,
financed by an Air Force friend Warren Franscioni, he designed the "Whirlo-Way"
flying disc, with a fold-over lip for better aerodynamics, and started selling
them at various fairs.
Fact 15: Who invented the Frisbee? In 1947 interest in UFO's and flying
saucers was stimulated in the United States by reports of a crashed "flying
disc" at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Fred Morrison changed the name of the
"Whirlo-Way" flying disc to the "Flyin-Saucer".
Fact 16: Who invented the Frisbee? In 1948, Fred Morrison and Warren
Franscioni formed a company called Partners in Plastic, or Pipco, and in
conjunction with the Southern California Plastic Company, and started
manufacturing plastic "Flyin' Saucers". The two men staged flamboyant
demonstrations to market the product.
Fact 17: Who invented the Frisbee? Sales of the "Flyin' Saucers" dropped
in the 1950's and Warren Franscioni re-joined the Air Force. Undaunted by the
setback Fred Morrison went on to make his second flying disc in 1955 that,
following a surge of interest in the planets and space travel, he called
the "Pluto Platter".
Fact 18: Who invented the Frisbee? Fred Morrison used every trick in the
marketing book to publicize the new "Pluto Platter" and dressed up in a
futuristic space man suit to demonstrate trick shots, advertise and sell his
Fact 19: Who invented the Frisbee? A demonstration of the "Pluto Platter"
was seen by Rich Knerr and Spud Melin who had recently founded a toy company
named Wham-O that sold just one product, a toy slingshot. They wanted to
increase their range and in 1957 Fred Morrison sold the rights of the "Pluto
Platter" to Wham-O and became an associate to work as a 'front man' for the
Fact 20: Who invented the Frisbee? Wham-O took the old term "Frisbie" and
because of trademark laws changed the name of the "Pluto Platter" to the
Fact 21: Who invented the Frisbee? The "Frisbee" became a huge success
when the product was marketed not just as a toy and recreational activity but
also as a brand new sport.
Fact 22: Who invented the Frisbee? In the 1960's "Ultimate Frisbee", a
strategic team sport based on a cross between football, soccer and basketball
using flying discs instead of balls, began being played on college campuses. The
game is now played in professional leagues In the US and Canada and in national
teams. The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) was established in 2013 and disc
related games are played in over 60 countries.
Fact 23: Who invented the Frisbee? Fred Morrison died on February 9, 2010
but his name will be remembered as the inventor of the Frisbee.
Fast Info and Fact File: Country of Origin: America *** Name of Inventor: Fred Morrison *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Date of Invention: 1946 *** Invention: Frisbee *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1920 - 2010 *** Invention Era: Cold War *** Type: Sport *** The Inventor and Invention of the Frisbee ***