Those wacky college kids
In the 1870s, the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport
delivered pies to Yale
students. Some mastermind
in the 1940s got the idea it would be fun to toss the empty pie tins
around. It became a popular diversion
Then a man named Walter Fredrick Morrison, a UFO
fan, developed a metal toy disk, later produced in plastic, that mimicked the flight of the UFOs in the movies
(I don't know if there were any patterned off real
UFOs. It probably didn't test market
as well.) With the help of Wham-O
, these hit the shelves as Flyin' Saucers. While on an East Coast promotional tour
, the president of Wham-O discovered Harvard and Yale students tossing around pie tins they called "Frisbies". Unaware of the pie
company, Wham-O's president Richard Knerr decided to change the name of the Flyin' Saucers to his newly trademark
ed Frisbee in 1959.
So you tell me where Frisbees really came from.