Walter Morrison

Walter Frederick Morrison (1920 - 2010)

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Walter Frederick "Fred" Morrison
Born in Richfield, Sevier, Utah, United Statesmap
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Brother of [private brother (1930s - unknown)]
Husband of — married (to ) in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
[children unknown]
Died in Monroe, Sevier, Utah, United Statesmap
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Categories: American Inventors | Toy Inventors | Prisoners of War, United States of America, World War II | American Notables.


Biography

Walter Morrison was an American inventor and entrepreneur, best known as the inventor of the Frisbee.[1][2]
Walter Morrison is Notable.

Walter Frederick Morrison was born January 23, 1920 in Richfield, Utah, the son of Walter F. and V. Leona (Christiansen) Morrison.[3][4][5][6][7] The Morrisons moved to Los Angeles when he was a teenager.[2][8]

Walter married Lucile Eleanor "Lu" Nay on April 3, 1939, and again on April 3, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, United States.[3][9][5] They had one son and two daughters.[5] Their marriage ended in divorce in March 1969, though they remarried in 1971.[2][10] Walter married Wilma L Taylor of California May 5th, 1985 in Clark County, Nevada.[11] His only children were with Lucile.[2]

Walter and Lucile were living in Los Angeles in 1940.[12] Lucile's sister and her family were living with them. Walter was working as a steel treater.

Walter enlisted for World War II September 26, 1942.[13] He was classified as a skilled heat treater and entered into the Air Corps Reserves. Walter flew P-47 Thunderbolt bombers across Italy.[2][7] Walter was shot down and held prisoner in Germany's Stalag 13 war camp for 48 days.[6][7] When Walter returned from the war, he worked as a carpenter.[2]

Walter was best known for his Frisbee, the invention he did his best to sell, both before the advent of World War II and after his return from service there.[6] Wham-O sold more than 200 million Frisbees.[6][2]

Walter was inspired to create his flying disc playing a game with his future wife, Lu.[6][2][7] They were tossing a popcorn tin lid back and forth on Thanksgiving Day in 1937, but found the lid was denting too easily. They moved on to cake pans.[6][2] The next thing he knew, Walter was selling "Flying Cake Pans" for $.25 each on the beaches of Santa Monica, California, turning a profit which helped pay for his marriage to Lu.[6][2][7]

Walter's time in World War II gave him knowledge which helped him to further develop his toy, using aerodynamics to improve his cake pans into the "Whirlo-Way", with the financial help of a fellow pilot.[6][7] During the 1950's, he and the pilot, Warren Franscioni, changed the name again to the "Flyin-Saucer" in order to jump onto the UFO craze.[6][2] By 1955, Walter had added a deeper rim and called it the "Pluto Platter".[6][2]

In 1957, the sporting goods company, Wham-O, picked up the distribution of the disc, and in 1959 registered the name everyone is now familiar with, the Frisbee, a reference to pie baker William Russell Frisbie's family who had been tossing pie tins around for years before Walter's idea.[6][2] Despite disliking the name himself, Walter's invention was a hit, due largely to it being plastic and the aerodynamic changes he made.[2][7]

Since then, the simple toy has inspired generations in their outdoor play and has been used in the creation of Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee Golf.[6] Morrison made millions in royalties.[2]

In addition to his Frisbee, Walter also developed the Crazy Eight Bowling Ball and the Popsicle Machine for Wham-O.[2]

Walter and Lucile returned to Richfield, Utah to live in 1983.[5] Walter enjoyed raising and racing race horses and flying airplanes in his retirement.[5][2]

Walter passed away February 9, 2010 at his home in rural Monroe, Sevier, Utah after a battle with cancer.[14][4][5][6][2] He was cremated.[5]

The Walter Frederick Morrison Disc Golf Course at Creek Side Park in Holladay, Utah is named in Walter's honor.[6][7]

Research Notes

  • These are possible records with other marriages:
    • "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V6L9-6VD : 27 November 2014), Walter F Morrison and Sara E Banker, 24 Dec 1972; from "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Los Angeles City, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
    • "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V6FL-V46 : 27 November 2014), Walter F Morrison and Sara E Carey, 24 Dec 1972; from "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Los Angeles City, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.

Sources

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Walter Frederick Morrison," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Wikipedia:Walter_Frederick_Morrison (accessed January 19, 2019).
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 Fox, Maraglit, "Fred Morrisson, Creator of a Popular Flying Plate, Dies at 90", New York Times, www.nytimes.com 13 Feb 2010. Accessed 18 Jan 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8VC-94X : 28 November 2014), Walter F Morrison in entry for Walter Frederick Morrison and Lucile Eleanor Nay, 03 Apr 1939; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,114,241. (Note his marriage document lists his birth date in 1918, not 1920)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VM83-XYS : 20 May 2014), Walter Frederick Morrison, 09 Feb 2010; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKPG-SRX8 : 18 October 2016), Walter Frederick Morrison, Utah, United States, 16 Feb 2010; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/132292E5AC134B70 : 2014); citing Richfield Reaper, The, born-digital text.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 Arave, Lynn, "Frisbee creator Fred Morrison dies", Deseret News, www.deseretnews.com, 11 Feb 2010. Accessed 18 Jan 2019
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 "Fred Morrison", The Telegraph, www.telegraph.co.uk, 12 Feb 2010. Accessed 18 Jan 2019.
  8. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH6K-B9R : accessed 19 January 2019), Frederic Morrison in household of Olena Christiansen, Richfield, Sevier, Utah, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 21, sheet 6A, line 14, family 95, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2422; FHL microfilm 2,342,156.
  9. "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V6VV-YLM : 27 November 2014), Walter F Morrison and Lucile E Nay, 03 Apr 1971; from "California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Los Angeles City, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
  10. Ancestry.com. California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Ancestry Record 1141 #1966162
  11. "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVZX-XZ9 : 9 December 2014), Walter Frederick Morrison and Wilma L Taylor, 05 May 1985; from "Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Clark, Nevada, United States, County Book 739, p. B559578, archive film number 342433, Nevada State Health Division, Carson City, and Clark County Marriage Bureau, Las Vegas.
  12. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9C8-87T : accessed 11 June 2017), Walter F Morrison, Councilmanic District 13, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-1063, sheet 12B, line 49, family 330, 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 396.
  13. "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMF9-ZXN : 5 December 2014), Walter F Morrison, enlisted 26 Sep 1942, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
  14. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 18 January 2019), memorial page for Walter Frederick “Fred” Morrison (23 Jan 1920–9 Feb 2010), Find A Grave: Memorial #48005317, ; Maintained by Matt (contributor 46559125) Unknown.


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Walter Fredrick Morrison promoting his Pluto Platters, the forerunner of the Frisbee, in the 1950s.
Walter Fredrick Morrison promoting his Pluto Platters, the forerunner of the Frisbee, in the 1950s.

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On 28 Jan 2019 at 03:30 GMT Catherine (Rampenthal) Ehlert wrote:

I met Walt when he was flying his two of a kind plane. He was a regular at Brackett Field. He was funny, he once offered me $50.00 to spill a chocolate on someone, I never did it. He took my mother flying and gave her a bag before the flight. My mom said he pretended to shoot planes out of the sky and did barrel rolls. He was laughing having a wonderful time while my mom was fighting to keep her lunch. He was a big guy who looked just like his relative John Wayne. I really liked him.

On 22 Jan 2019 at 23:03 GMT Kylie Fowler wrote:

He really marketed/developed the product as opposed to created i or the ideat. I have always known the Frisbie Pie factory story.

https://www.frisbiepie.com/our_story/



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