How Did Flying Discs Get Started?
Flying discs became popular in the 1920s, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. College students there found that the metal pie tins from the local Frisbie Pie Company sailed through the air when flipped just right. The thrower would yell “frisbie!” as a warning that the pie tin was coming.
Soon, the tins were flying around other school campuses. The discs went from tin to plastic in 1947 when an inventor named Walter Fred Morrison created the “Pluto Platter.” The Pluto Platter has become the basic design for all Frisbies. Since then, toy companies have manufactured 2,000 models of the flying discs.
In 1967, high school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee, a recognized sport that is a cross between football, soccer and basketball. Ten years later, a form of Frisbee golf was introduced, complete with professional playing courses and associations.