Archive for the In The News Category

Frisbee Inventor Dies At Age 90

Posted in In The News with tags , on February 12, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

2/11/10 – Walter Frederick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died at the age of 90.

“That simple little toy has permeated every continent in every country, as many homes have Frisbees as any other device ever invented,” McIff, who is from Morrison’s hometown, Richfield, Utah, said. “How would you get through your youth without learning to throw a Frisbee?”

Morrison sold the production and manufacturing rights to his Pluto Platter in 1957. The plastic flying disc was later renamed the Frisbee, with sales surpassing 200m discs. It is now a staple at beaches and spawned sports such as Frisbee golf and the team sport Ultimate.

Morrison co-wrote a book with Frisbee enthusiast and historian Phil Kennedy in 2001. Kennedy released a brief statement on Thursday, wishing his late friend “smoooooth flights”.

According to Kennedy, Morrison and his future wife, Lu, used to toss a tin cake pan on the beach in California. The idea for what would become the Frisbee grew as Morrison considered ways to make the cake pans fly better and, after serving as a pilot in the second world war, he began manufacturing his flying discs in 1948.

He would hawk the discs at local fairs and eventually attracted Wham-O Manufacturing, the company that bought the rights to Morrison’s plastic discs.

Kennedy says Wham-O adopted the name Frisbee because that’s what college students in New England were calling the Pluto Platters. The name came from the Frisbie Pie Co, a local bakery whose empty tins were tossed like the soon-to-be Frisbee.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3032803

More New Courses In 2010

Posted in In The News, SD Aces, Tournament with tags , on February 10, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

Head on over to the San Diego Aces website for info on the upcoming Ice Bowl at Salt Creek Golf Course in February. 2010 will be the year of new disc golf course(S) in San Diego!

For info on the upcoming Kit Carson Park course, scroll down below.

Why?…

Posted in In The News on January 17, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

Morley Field .com is offering a $25 reward to whomever has information that leads to the return of the stolen basket on hole 12. Players found the basket missing Sunday morning and it will be a least a week before it can be replaced. Morley Field prides itself on being a great tight-knit community of disc golfers. Lets hope it was just “less than intelligent” vandals and not a fellow disc golfer. That would be a shame. Send an email to morleyfieldsd@yahoo.com with any information that will lead to the return of the basket. Names will be left anonymous.

Morley Shoe Tree… Remembered

Posted in In The News with tags on January 12, 2010 by morleyfieldsd

This week marks the 2nd anniversary of the loss of the Morley Shoe Tree, a landmark in San Diego also featured in Fordors Travel Guide and Google Earth databases as one of the top sites to see in San Diego. Stop by the “memorial” this week and pay your respects to our long-lost friend. We miss you!

Youth Disc Golf Association

Posted in In The News with tags on November 24, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

Brendan Sage, Scott Lebrick, Ron Tocki

Odd’s are you have seen the YDGA‘s  red, white, or blue shirts around Morley Field recently. This organization is the brainchild of local disc golfers Scott Lebrick, Brendan Sage and Carl Renda. In the past year they have done a great job promoting disc golf to youth in San Diego County through clinics at Montiel Park in San Marcos as well as schools in the Poway, San Diego and Point Loma area.

The YDGA was the recent recipient of a $500 check from Allstate Insurance through it’s “Hands In The Community” program. Allstate agent Ron Tocki was the agent presenting the check. He has been a recent sponsor at “Spring Flings”.

Good luck YDGA!

Taking It A Little Too Far?

Posted in In The News, Useless Information, Video with tags , on October 27, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

With all do respect to the “Father of Disc Golf” (“Steady” Ed Headrick), we submit this video which feels more appropriate in a Twilight Zone episode than Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

In case this seems like a good idea to you, you can purchase his “memorial” discs here

A History Of Disc Golf – v1.4

Posted in In The News with tags , on October 8, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

From what we can tell…

776 B.C.
Discus throwing becomes one of the Pentathlon events at the Greek Olympics. The winner of the event received the Discus.

1644dudevinci
Edward Frisbie of England settles in Branford, Conn.

1848
William Russell Frisbie is born in Wallingford, Conn.

1869
H.H. Olds hires William R. Frisbie to help sell his pies in Bridgeport, Conn.

1871
The W.R. Fribie Pie Bakery is founded in Bridgeport, Conn., as Frisbie takes over Old’s business and established routes.

1891
Charles Schwartz of Brooklyn, N.Y., applies for a U.S. patent for his “Spinning Toy,” (#476,825). This invention could be thrown from one person to another. However, no samples of this device have been found.

1903
Upon the death of his father, Joseph P. Frisbie becomes president of W.R. Frisbie bakery, and expands it from production of a few hundred pies a day into an enterprise with routes across much of New England. This sets the stage for “Frisbie” to become a widely known term that will lends its name to a developing pastime.

1905
The W.R. Frisbie pie bakery is now called The Frisbie Pie Co. and becomes a Connecticut corporation.

1910
The Frisbie Pie Company starts to use the “Frisbie’s Pies” logo on its products and in advertising.

1920
Yale is credited as starting the Frisbieing craze. This could have been a public relations ploy by WhamO to associate its Pluto Platter Flying Saucer with higher learning or, possibly to steer people away from Princeton University’s claim of first use.

Continue reading

San Diego Aces on PDGA Website

Posted in In The News, SD Aces with tags , on October 3, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

aces

Big news from our San Diego Aces Disc Golf Club. Check out the article on the PDGA website! Great job guys! Thanks for all your hard work to promote disc golf in San Diego. click on picture to go to the story.

Los Angeles Station Fires

Posted in In The News on September 3, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgOur thoughts and prayers go out to the communities and families in the Los Angeles areas impacted by the Station Fire. Many San Diego disc golfers have played the two disc golf course threatened by the fires, Oak Grove and Yuicapa. The residents of Yuicapa were released to return home on Tuesday and the La Canada High School (directly across from Oak Grove DGC) is currently an evacuation center for now though the recent weather changes are threatening that location.

ESPN Magazine Article: Disc Golf

Posted in In The News with tags on August 22, 2009 by morleyfieldsd

da-da-dunt, da-da-dunt

dg

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.