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Flying Saucers And Frisbees

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 04:11:53 +0200
Fwd Date: Fri, 17 Jul 1998 09:19:50 -0400
Subject: Flying Saucers And Frisbees

From: The Philadelphia Enquirer.





July 16, 1998

Kids' talk

With Peter Mucha

Here are some questions from past columns.


Q How did Frisbees get their name?

-- John Gilbert, St. William School, Philadelphia

A The name came from the Frisbie Baking Co. of Connecticut.
Stamped on the bottom of its pie tins was the name Frisbie. In
the 1940s, throwing and catching the tins became popular with
students at New England colleges.

Now switch to the 1950s. Americans were fascinated by reports and
movies about UFOs, often called flying saucers. So a Californian,
Walter Frederick Morrison, invented a toy flying disk. In 1957,
the Wham-O Co. started selling his Pluto Platters.

One day, though, while visiting colleges in the East, Wham-O
president Richard Knerr was surprised to see students tossing pie
tins and calling them "Frisbies." So Knerr trademarked the name
Frisbee (with two e's) and used it for Wham-O's toy disks. With a
couple of years, sales were flying high.


=A91998 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.