Truckers, Ivy Leaguers Inspire The Frisbee; Catching Cold.


Pluto Platter Close But Not Quite Right

Pluto Platter Close But Not Quite Right

Pluto Platter Inventor Morrison Shows You're Never Too Old To Frisbie

Pluto Platter Inventor Morrison Shows You're Never Too Old To Frisbie

On This Date In History: On this date in 1957,

Wham-O began production of  a new toy called the Pluto Platter. It had been sold to the company by Los Angeles building inspector Walter Frederick Morrison, who had invented the plastic disc with Warren Frascioni in 1948. Morrison called it the Pluto Platter, hoping to take advantage of the UFO craze going on at the time. Morrison’s father had invented the sealed-beam headlight for automobiles.  Morrison himself had a rather interesting story in that he hadn’t been back  in the US for long from a stay in the infamous Stalag 13-D (there one in real life) during World War II when he invented the Pluto Platter.  No word on if Colonel Klink was in charge.  His partner and fellow war-veteran Franscioni bowed out of the business relationship before it ever really took off…a big mistake.  And Morrison had made a mistake…the name of the of the toy.  After about a year of production of the Pluto Platter, Wham-o changed the name to the Frisbee.  Why is that you ask?

Truckers Inspired Ivy League Students?

Truckers Inspired Ivy League Students?

Well, in 1871, William Frisbie of Bridgeport, CT started the Frisbie Baking Company (aka Frisbie Pie Company). Some of of the local kids discovered that the pie tins

Original Frisbie

Original Frisbie

would fly if tossed properly. For some reason, they would shout “Frisbie” as they threw it to one another. It seems that a Wham-O executive on a cross-country promotion trip discovered that truck drivers for the Frisbie Pie Company had inspired the kids at Yale to spin the pie tins.  When the company bought out the plastic version from Morrison and found that the name Pluto Platter wasn’t just right, they went back to the original inspiration for the disc for the catchy name that is so well known to day. 

frisbeecatchIn 1967, Wham-O company designer Ed Headrick patented a new and improved version of the disc, which featured raised ridges (called Headrick rings) for better aerodynamic performance. The craze took off from there and by 1977 the company had sold over 100 million units. Wham-O cashed out in 1994 when they sold the toy to Mattel.  Of course there has now been ultimate frisbee tournaments..that was a game invented by a high school kids in Maplewood, NJ in 1967 and there is frisbee golf which was invented by Headrick.

Oddjob Inspired By Frisbee?
Oddjob Inspired By Frisbee?

It sounds like to me that Wham-O made all of the money and that Headrick cashed in pretty well himself. Frascioni bailed out too early and apparently didn’t get much. The kids who discovered the aerodynamic fun of the pie plates certainly didn’t get anything and I assume that the kids who invented ultimate frisbee were left in the cold.  Nope…as is often the case, many are responsible for the phenomena but only a few profited. Perhaps the biggest loser was William Frisbie, who not only got nothing from the toy but suffered the indignity of Wham-O misspelling his name and, on top of that, the company that he founded that was the source for the flying disc went out of business after 87 years in 1958; the same year that the Pluto Platter became the Frisbee.

But I hear he made really good pies.

GFS Total Snow Through Thurs. Eve 01.15.09

GFS Total Snow Through Thurs. Eve 01.15.09

Weather Bottom Line:

  I’ve been tellin’ ya and I’ll end up breaking out Colonel Klink before it’s all said and done with.  We’re going to catch a very big cold.  We’re going to have snow but maybe not as much as a cable channel wants to say.  I still think 1-2 inches over a 72-84 hour period is just about it and some of that may sublimate (evaporate from solid to vapor) so I doubt if we’ll have that much accumulation at any one time.  While the temperatures will warm somewhat on Wednesday but I don’t think we’ll get above freezing. 

 If we do, it won’t be by much or for long.  Friday morning we will get to at least the low single digits.  Then, I”m not

Meso-Eta 6Z Fri 01.16.09

Meso-Eta 6Z Fri 01.16.09

totally sold on the idea that we get above freezing for much on the weekend either.  If we get there it would be for but a short time.  But, that’s a long way out.  It’s just that the NAM has been too warm and the other models seem to be in agreement that the long wave pattern really doesn’t break until Monday.  What’s going on is that a big ridge is building out west all the way to Alaska.  That is causing the jet to raise into the Frontier state and the arctic air that had temps in the 50 below zero range up there is spilling into the eastern two thirds of the nation.  The high will not only warm things out west, the offshore flow in southern California will create strong Santa Ana winds.  Could there be wildfires in the offing?  There’s a big low out in the Pacific that will create big winds out there.  That’s going to create big waves in the Aloha state.  Surf’s up.  This big pattern, I suspect, will be in place until early next week.  At least that’s what I would hang my hat on.  Look, if I’m wrong..we get to 35 or so on Wednesday and on Saturday or Sunday…that’s still cold.  But, don’t be surprised if on Friday we only get to the low to mid teens.  The map to the right is the 18Z Meso-Eta..yeah..the warm one…its got about 7 degrees 1 AM on Friday…Total snow on the left is the GFS solution through Thursday evening.

2 Responses

  1. So, you’re saying the cold will hang on through the weekend, huh? I think that you’re the Lone Ranger on that one, Mr. Symon. I hope that you’re right. I just want the cold to hang around long enough to give us at least one decent snow. Of course, I’m happy either way: I love snow so if it snows, I’m happy. But, if it doesn’t snow then I don’t have to worry about my young drivers winding up stuck somewhere. I like being in a win-win situation whenever possible!

    Interesting history of the Frisbee. No money and a mis-spelled name to boot. That’s really a bummer. Is that first picture of Mr. Morrison? That is a great photo.

    Any news, Mr. Symon? (You can send me an e-mail if you’d rather not respond publicly).

  2. No News. Yup..I think that’s Morrison. If I’m wrong about the cold, then it would be say…35 for a high. Don’t be surprised though if thats a few degrees too warm. Also, snow looks lame. We need cold air in place with a system coming from the southwest to give us a big snow.

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