in southern California with his girlfriend, Lu (later to become his wife) when he sent the lid of a popcorn tin through the air. Eventually the result of that day would become hugely successful. When Morrison became an adult, he remade that lid in plastic and in the process, invented the flying disc known today as
"The Frisbee." Walter and Lu developed a little business selling "Flyin Cake Pans" on the beaches of Santa Monica, California.
As the New York Times said after Morrison's death, "Beloved of man and dog, the Frisbee has far more than a half of century been the signature product of the company, Wham-O, a toy and sporting goods manufacturer based in Emeryville, California. The company has sold more than 200 million of the discs (as of Feb. 2010), since acquiring the rights to Mr. Morrison's "Pluto Platter" as it was known in 1957 and its popularity continues to grow even stronger today with the invention of disc golf.
Morrison was born in Richfield, Utah. Inventing was in Walter's blood. His father invented the "sealed beam headlight" for cars.
He joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II and became fighter/bomber pilot. On his fifty seventh mission, Morrison was shot down and became a prisoner of war for 48 days. He learned about aerodynamics during that time having flown a P-47 Thunderbolt.
|Morrison and the Pluto Platter|
'That simple little toy has permeated every continent in every country, as many homes have Frisbees as any other device ever invented."
Walter Morrison died at his home in Monroe, Utah on February 9, 2010 at the age of 90. He had suffered from cancer.
|Items from Walter Morrison's memorial given to Famous Endings|