A great inventor died last week; Walter Frederick Morrison passed away on Feb. 9 of lung cancer at the age of 90. In 1948, Mr. Morrison invented the plastic frisbee, then called the Flyin-Saucer. Over the years he evolved the concept into the Pluto Platter (as seen in the great photo above) which was eventually sold to Wham-O. They tweaked the design of the disc and renamed it the Frisbee after hearing that college kids were calling it that after New England pie company Frisbie Pies.

I'm a relatively hardcore ultimate frisbee player, so the news of Mr. Morrison's passing had a larger impact on me than the average Joe on the street. I'd like to take this opportunity to have a bloggy moment of silence for Mr. Morrison. On behalf of myself and the scores of other ultimate players, tree huggers, hippies, golfers, dogs, and other frisbee nuts who have spent countless hours chasing after a disc over the years, thank you for your work.



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Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

RIP Walter Frederick Morrison, inventor of the frisbee
Walter Frederick Morrison, the inventor of the Pluto Platter, the precursor to the modern day Frisbee, recently passed away at the age of 90.