We want the whole story...
Morrison's invention wasn't the only thing that changed lives. On Dec 24, 1994
he decided to drive under the influence and ran a stop sign. His careless act
changed the lives of an entire town. One girl was killed, another girl with
brain damage, and an older lady with severe medical problems. He, himself, also
changed lives, but not for the better. Let's not forget forget he never
apologized for his actions. His actions weren't those of an influencial person,
but those of a careless man. I think the news needs to cover all aspects of this
mans life before portraying him as a hero. I agree he did invent a great
product, but he also took the life from 3 innocent people in exchange for a
couple of drinks.
Mr. Morrison's invention has not only spurred creation of many disc sports
(ultimate, disc golf, goaltimate, and double disc court), but also many
different descriptive words that applied to a frisee disc's flight
characteristics. Air bounce, UD, hammer, scoober, inside out, outside in, huck,
dump, pull, flick, backhander, blade... just a few that come to mind.
Just finished reading Freds and Phils book "Flat Flip Flies Straight" for
further research on our film project "The Invisible String". The sad news of
Freds death is overpowering. We are doing our best to keep his memory
alive. Yesterday was such a moment when we have spread the word about Fred and
introduced people to throw colourful minis with our alteration of Freds 57'
campaign spacesuit outfit at the International Berlin Filmfestival "Berlinale" .
There were many smiles around! So keep them flying.
All of us ultimate frisbee players are indebted. sorry to those who try to act
like we don't normally say "ultimate frisbee;" we do. we also say "ultimate,"
and "disc," since the pressure to respect the patented name/ object has always
been there. Either way: we are indebted. The toy that launched a thousand torn
A new film by some German enthusiasts, called "The Invisible String" will be
released soon and should add to the history of frisbee.
Fred indeed flew P-47 Thunderbolts in missions over Italy with the 350th Fighter
Group, 347th Squadron known as "The Screaming Red Asses." He was shot down by
ground fire, captured and held as a P.O.W. for 48 days in a German stalag (but
not Stalag 13 as has been erroneously reported.)
I think Fred flew P-47 Thunderbolt fighters which were used as close air support
and some low level bombing in principally the European Theater. does anyone know
for sure what type of airplane he flew in WWII?
The quote that his wife made, I believe, is "Flat flip flies straight." I've
been playing disc sports since 1976, but never met Fred. I had read, however,
of the clever way he and his partner marketed his discs at state fairs. They'd
weave through a crowd saying "Make way for the invisible wire!" then they'd
proceed to toss the disc back and forth. He'd later tell the crowd that the
disc was free, but the wire cost a penny per foot and came in lots of 100 feet.
It actaully called "Ultimate" & "Disc Golf" not "Ultimate Frisbee" * Frisbee
Golf" Frisbee is a registered trademark of Whamo-O.
Gotta have Guts. No Frisbee, no Guts.
golf course on Murray-Holladay Road in Creekside Park is named for Mr. Morrison.
It was dedicated in 2004 by the county.
The Frisbee was the ultimate irony... simplicity and science working together.
sounds like he was a nice guy. frisbee realy is a cool thing to play.
I've never heard of this guy, but I owe him a lot for the fond memories over the
years. I've been playing ultimate frisbee since I was 5 years old, and have
never gotten tired of the rush to chase down a frisbee that seems to float
forever in the air. Thanks for the happiness, Fred.
The instructions on the Frisbee are "Flip flat. Flies straight."