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Fred Morrison with the "Pluto Platter," 1950s

In the 50 years since he invented the Frisbee, Morrison has kept busy. He wrote a book recently, Flat Flip Flies Straight! True Origins of the Frisbee, with co-writer Phil Kennedy (who, by the way, has a collection of some 1,200 flying discs). But, he says, at 87, “my flipping days are just about over.” You’d think he might be a bit of a local celeb in the town in central Utah where he now lives, but he says he’s not. “They think I’m a multimillionaire, which I’m not. Though the Frisbees provided me with a comfortable life.” Reminiscing over the history of his Pluto Platter, he says, “What’s evolved is just amazing. I just sit back in wonderment.”

Happy 50th birthday, Frisbee! And congratulations, Fred.
 

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 43: Jul/Aug 2007
Kevin Skaggs is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer whose work has appeared in Wired and Harvard Review.

Photograph of Ashley Whippet courtesy of Tom Wehril.

Photograph of Fred Morrison courtesy of Wham-O.
 

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