Frisbee creator Fred Morrison dies

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  • Jeff
    Feb. 12, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    We want the whole story...

  • ByuStudent
    Feb. 12, 2010 1:27 p.m.

    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.

  • Ultiplayer
    Feb. 12, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    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.

  • German Frisbee Enthusiast
    Feb. 12, 2010 5:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 12, 2010 12:29 a.m.

    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 ACLs!

  • Z
    Feb. 11, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    A new film by some German enthusiasts, called "The Invisible String" will be released soon and should add to the history of frisbee.

  • Phil Kennedy
    Feb. 11, 2010 5:22 p.m.

    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.)

  • Robin
    Feb. 11, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    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?

  • Bill Hileman
    Feb. 11, 2010 1:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Jerry Chesterson
    Feb. 11, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    It actaully called "Ultimate" & "Disc Golf" not "Ultimate Frisbee" * Frisbee Golf" Frisbee is a registered trademark of Whamo-O.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 11, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    Gotta have Guts. No Frisbee, no Guts.

  • The Frisbee
    Feb. 11, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    golf course on Murray-Holladay Road in Creekside Park is named for Mr. Morrison. It was dedicated in 2004 by the county.

  • Evil Eye
    Feb. 11, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    The Frisbee was the ultimate irony... simplicity and science working together.

  • ben
    Feb. 10, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    sounds like he was a nice guy. frisbee realy is a cool thing to play.

  • stumblefall
    Feb. 10, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 10, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    The instructions on the Frisbee are "Flip flat. Flies straight."