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Frisbee

Posted: July 19, 2011 2:22 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

William Russell Frisbie owned the Frisbie Pie Company. He used light metal pie tins to bake his pies. In the 1870s he stamped his company name in the pie tins. His pies were sold to many colleges.  College students began sailing the pie tins. They yelled “Frisbie” to the one who was to catch it.

In 1948 a California company was working on a new toy. W.F. Morrison and his partner made a plastic version of the Frisbie. It flew further and was more accurate than a pie tin. They called it the “Pluto Plate” because they looked like “flying saucers.” Morrison later sold the plan to “Wham-O Company” for over a million dollars. Wham-O learned about the pie tins, and changed the name to “Frisbee.”

Mattel now makes and sells Frisbees. It is popular around the world. A number of sports are played with the Frisbee. Two of them are “Ultimate Frisbee” and “Frisbee Golf.” Camden has a small Frisbee Golf course. I don’t play those games. I can throw a Frisbee. But I don’t know where my Frisbee will go when I throw it.

Word List: Frisbie, Morrison, Wham-O, Frisbee, Ultimate.

-- dcw

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