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Frisbee inventor Walter Frederick Morrison dies at 90

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The man who facilitated incalculable cliche college laze in the quad has passed away.

Walter Frederick Morrison, who was credited with inventing the Frisbee, died Thursday at the age of 90.

This knowledge replaced my earlier assumption that the Frisbee was invented after a 1885 Hill Valley confrontation between Marty McFly and Biff in which McFly used one to knock a gun out of the villian's hands.

Frisbee...farout! sound bite

Morrison's revolutionary aerodynamic disc was inspired after he'd played with a metal cake pan on a California beach. If only everyone of us could stumble on ideas like that.

Simple brilliance.

Originally called the "Pluto Platter," Morrision's contraption has gone on to sell hundreds of millions of units after he dealt the rights to Wham-o in 1957.

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A sad day.

My sons and I have set up a nine-hole frisbee golf (Frolf) course in my backyard. We have our own rules, etiquette, and trash talk. I of course have homecourt advantage since I own the yard!!!

But the best part is spending time with the children.

Mr. Morrison, thank you.

Thank You Morrison,

Becasue of you I learned how to play the game of ultimate at the age of 16. I developed a love for the game, and have been trying to improve myself everyday.

I am now 20, and met my girlfriend through a new frisbee team. She means the world to me.

So once again Mr Morrison. Thank you for developing your ideas. If it wasnt for ultimate frisbee I'm not exacly sure where I'd be.

To see a nice color photo of Mr. Morrison (along with a cool Short History of flying discs, FrisbeeĀ®, Ultimate + Disc Golf from the 1920's up until Today), visit and click on his name. There are high resolution photos of all the early frisbee models there too. If you have never tried disc gold before, give it a try SOON! There are now over 3,000 disc golf courses available - mostly in the USA and almost all FREE!

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