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Meet Walter Frederick Morrison: The Inventor Of The Frisbee

Updated on October 24, 2014
Rare Li'l Abner Flyin-Saucer Frisbees from the 1950s.
Rare Li'l Abner Flyin-Saucer Frisbees from the 1950s. | Source

Who Was Walter Frederick Morrison?

Walter Frederick Morrison had a very simple idea when he invented the Frisbee and, as they say, simple ideas are often the best! Since that day more than 200 million of Fred's frisbees have been sold. He started with metal popcorn lids but they were not great because they dented. He went on to trying flat cake pans which, he decided, were better. However, it was when he finally moulded a plastic disc that had a good rim on it that he hit the mark and created the wonderful product we know and call the Frisbee.

On this page, you will find information about the history of the Frisbee and the inventor of the frisbee, Walter Morrison. Plus you will find some a page dedicated to How to Throw A Frisbee and one dedicated to many of the top-rated and bestselling frisbees on Amazon.

Three Reasons To Love The Frisbee:

It's Fun.

It's Affordable.

It's Easy.

The Story of the Inventor of the Frisbee - Walter Fredrick "Fred" Morrison

Walter Fredrick "Fred" Morrison
Walter Fredrick "Fred" Morrison

The story started when Walter Fredrick "Fred" Morrison was born on January 23, 1920 in Richfield, Utah. Seventeen years later at a family picnic he and his girlfriend were having fun tossing the cake pan around and drawing attention from others at the beach. It wasn't long before he and his future bride were selling cake pans on the beach. Cake pans sold for .25 cents each.

During the war, he flew a P-47 Thunderbolt in Italy. That interrupted his days as inventor and entrepreneur but gave him plenty of time to think about the aerodynamics of the disc.

After the war he and his wife lived in California where he was a carpenter with a bit of spare time to devote to perfecting his disc. With the help of a financial investor, he was able to create his disc in moulded plastic. They called it the Flyin' Saucer which was perfect considering the national attention that UFOs and Martians were receiving at that time.

In 1955, the product was again redesigned and now it was called the Pluto Platter since it was covered with pictures from the solar system. He sold it at toy fairs and,as you can tell by the picture shown here, he sold it dressed as a spaceman.

In 1957, he sold the rights to the disc to Wham-O and the rest, as they say, is history. Wham-O was thrilled to have a product that the whole family could enjoy. The themes of the Wham-O frisbee have changed to suit the times but the toy has continued to be appealing and never really gone out of style.

Walter Frederick Morrison passed away on February 9, 2010.

Reproduction Pluto Platter Frisbee Disc Set
Reproduction Pluto Platter Frisbee Disc Set

Reproduction Pluto Platter Frisbee Disc Set

The Pluto Platter was originally sold in 1957 and eventually discontinued in 1964. This one is a reproduction made to celebrate the Original Frisbee Discs 50 Golden Years anniversary celebration. It includes a platter in six colors, including gold and a reproduction of the 1957 Frisbee Patent that Fred Morrison signed. Buy the set or buy a single disc.

Flip Flat Flies Straight Frisbee Book
Flip Flat Flies Straight Frisbee Book

Flat Flip Flies Straight! True Origins of the Frisbee Book

Written by the inventor of the frisbee, Fred Morrison.

About the popularity of the Frisbee, Fred Morrison said, "Who could ever imagine this? From such a simple beginning 50 years ago, to have it become what it has become. My goodness, it's amazing."

He went on to write the book Flat Flip Flies Straight! True Origins of the Frisbee in his 80s to make sure that the true story was known about the history of the Frisbee. In this book you will find the real history. You will learn how the Frisbee was developed and read about Frisbee history that NEVER happened. This book includes more than 100 full-color pictures of historic flying discs and includes information on how to properly identify original flyin' saucers and pluto platters.

Click here to order your copy of Flat Flip Flies Straight from Amazon.

Said with a smile, "The inventor of the Frisbee died yesterday. Per his final wishes, he'll be thrown onto the roof and forgotten about until next summer." ~~ ambercat_13

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Original Flyin' Saucers on eBay

Vintage Frisbee on eBay.
Vintage Frisbee on eBay. | Source

"Just seeing the smile on a child's face as he or she catches as oaring disc on a summer afternoon in the park, or a grown-up diving headfirst to grab a falling disc, that is what the spirit of the Frisbee is all about."

~~ Walter Frederick Morrison

What are your thoughts about the story of the inventor of the Frisbee?

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      8 years ago

      Mr Morrison story is pretty cool. Hope he made a mint of his invention.

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      9 years ago

      Well, I never thought about this, but well, it matters

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      9 years ago

      Well, I never thought about this, but well, it matters

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      9 years ago

      Very Impressive lens your images are awesome,I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Absolutely terrific!

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      10 years ago

      I wish I could give more than five stars... I love Frisbees! You should check out my Ultimate Frisbee lenses!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very interesting! I hope he got a lot of money from Wham-O!

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      10 years ago

      I am so surprised that I had not heard this story before!! And actually never even considered who invented the Frisbee! We must pay attention to all the silly things we do, like throwing cake pans - we could be rich! :)


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