Richard Knerr

Richard Parke Knerr (1925 - 2008)

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Richard Parke Knerr
Born in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Los Angeles County, California, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Arcadia, Los Angeles County, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Apr 2009 | Last significant change: 14 Nov 2018
14:13: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Richard Knerr. [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Categories: California Entrepreneurs | Toys and Game History | California, Unconnected Profiles | Unconnected Notables of the United States of America | California Notables.

Biography

Richard Knerr is Notable.

Richard and his partner, Arthur "Spud" Melin, created the hula hoop and the Frisbee fads in America. He and Spud co-founded the Wham-O Company, which produced these toys and others such as the Superball and the Slip 'N Slide.

In 1957, Richard learned of Australian children playing with twirled bamboo hoops around their waists in gym class. He liked the idea and developed it into a toy using hollow plastic. It sold for $1.98 each. By 1958 40 million hula hoops were sold and by 1960 over 100 million around the world.

Also in 1957, the Frisbee, a plastic flying disc became a lasting diversion, and even the basis of various sporting activities.

Sources

  • "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VL13-5C2 : 27 November 2014), Richard Parke Knerr, 30 Jun 1925; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCD7-X6V : accessed 14 December 2017), Richard P Knerr in household of Ervin R Knerr, South Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1519, sheet 6A, line 50, family 165, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 175; FHL microfilm 2,339,910.
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9WW-F9S : accessed 14 December 2017), Richard Knerr in household of Edwin Knerr, Tract 475, South Pasadena, Pasadena Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-514, sheet 7A, line 28, family 185, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 243.
  • "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K869-PP8 : 10 December 2017), Richard Parke Knerr and Florence Lois Kehiayan, 20 Sep 1952; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 1,283,812.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KTV2-JRM : 23 May 2014), Richard Parke Knerr, Residence, South Pasadena, California, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VMHK-TT1 : 20 May 2014), Richard P Knerr, 14 Jan 2008; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).


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Hula-Hoop
Hula-Hoop

Knerr's Frisbee
Knerr's Frisbee

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Richard Knerr Image 3

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