SALT LAKE CITY — Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died. He was 90.
Utah House Rep. Kay McIff, an attorney who represented Morrison in a royalties case, says Morrison died at his home in Monroe, Utah, on Tuesday.
"That simple little toy has permeated every continent in every country, as many homes have Frisbees as any other device ever invented," McIff said. "How would you get through your youth without learning to throw a Frisbee?"
Morrison's son, Walt, told the Associated Press on Thursday that "old age caught up" with his father and that he also had cancer.
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"He was a nice guy. He helped a lot of people," Walt Morrison said. "He was an entrepreneur. He was always looking for something to do."
Morrison sold the production and manufacturing rights to his "Pluto Platter" in 1957 to a young California company called Wham-O, which had made a name for itself with the Hula Hoop. The plastic flying disc was later renamed the "Frisbee," with sales surpassing 200 million discs.