The Death of an Inventor

The death of Fred Morrison makes the international pages of several newspapers. He is credited with inventing one of the most iconic of toys – the Frisbee.

Morrison, 90, stumbled on his money-spinner when he and his girlfriend were throwing the lid of a popcorn box to each other in the back garden sometime in the 1950s. After it became dented, the pair moved on to the lid of a cake dish, which proved sturdier.

He made his first sale when someone offered 25c for a lid as the couple were playing with it on the beach.  The kernel of an idea was born and the carpenter spent time developing the product before selling the concept in 1957.

More than 200 million of his plastic moulded discs have now been sold around the world.

Just goes to show – the simplest ideas are often the best.


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