Fred Morrison

It was a simple idea, the Frisbee. And Fred, who died Feb. 9 at 90, was just the sort of fellow you would have wanted to invent it: playful in mind and in spirit to the very end. He once referred to himself indirectly as "Admiral Asteroid, Conqueror of the Cosmic All." Early on, he convinced county fairgoers that his discs flew on an invisible wire: 100 feet for $1; the disc was free! I bought one of his legendary Pluto Platters--the archetype for all modern plastic flying discs--as a 10-year-old in the spring of 1957.

A few months later, the...

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