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When he first started to think of designing a flying disc, Morrison called it the "Whirlo-Way" in a tribute to the racehorse Whirlaway, which won the 1941 Triple Crown.
"All Fred was trying to do at the time was build a better flying cake pan," said Phil Kennedy, who teamed up with Morrison to write "Flat Flip Flies Straight," a book detailing the Frisbee's history.
By the time Morrison finally scraped up enough money to develop a mold for his concept, there had been reports of a spacecraft crashing in Roswell, N.M. Morrison ended up calling his first line of discs "Flyin-Saucers." After upgrading his design, Morrison then dubbed the disc the Pluto Platter.
Wham-O has been trying to capitalize on the Frisbee's 50th anniversary by releasing collector's editions of the early models. The privately held company says hundreds of millions of Frisbees have been sold, but won't be any more specific than that.
Meanwhile, Morrison, who lives in Richfield, Utah, is still collecting royalties off a name he didn't really like. "It just goes to show I am a bad judge of names," he said.
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