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June 24, 2007

Happy 50th anniversary Frisbee!

Photo of a dog playing Frisbee. Photo CC licensed and available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wausaublog/210385400/

An important day today. It was exactly 50 years ago (June 24, 1957) that Wham-O toys stopped calling their new plastic flying disc toys "Pluto Platters" and started calling them "Frisbees".

According to legend, the term Frisbee is derived from the Frisbie Bakery in New Haven, CT. Years before the plastic toys made their debut, students at Yale University would toss around empty metal pie plates from the bakery. (An original Frisbie Bakery pie tin is one of my most prized possessions).

The SJ Mercury News has an article on the name change.

(Photo by wausaublog/Flickr.com)

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at June 24, 2007 08:45 AM