The inventor of the Frisbee has died

Truly sad news, sports fans. The inventor of the Frisbee, Walter Frederick Morrison, has died at the age of 90 at his home in Utah. Aside from a plain ol’ ball, has there ever been a more universal toy?

The Frisbee, which is technically a brand name, was originally called the Pluto Putter, and was first released in 1948. Morrison sold the rights to the disc in 1957 to Wham-O.

If blogs were around back then, you’d be seeing stories like: “Say goodbye to your free time: Hands-On With Wham-O’s new Frisbee toy.”

As always, necessity is the mother of invention (a claim I dispute, but it fits so well here): Morrison was trying to devise ways to better throw cake pans on a California beach. Thus resulted the Frisbee.

Morrison seems to have lived a pretty fulfilling life, too. He was a pilot in the Air Force in the Second World War, which is certsinly more than I can say; I play WoW when not doing CG.

And what’s with the name, Frisbee? Turns out that what college kids were calling the Pluto Putter, naming it after a local New England pie shop.