Yesterday the evening news carried the story that frisbee — or “ultimate” as its practitioners call it — has been officially recognized by the Olympic Committee and is a candidate for future games. But did you know that frisbee is just as Ivy-preppy-trad a sport as squash? The pastime was popularized on the Princeton campus in the spring of 1957, though naturally Yale claims it invented it much earlier.
Writing for the New York Times, author Gay Talese was one of the first to write about the man-powered flying saucers. Like Kleenex, frisbee is a Wham-O trademark for the throwable discs, though according to Wikipedia it does not discourage general use of the term.
According to this 1957 article, which predates Talese’s by two months, “frisbee” was the preferred Ivy League term:
Which means we shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a J. Press frisbee (though no doubt for the Japanese market):
Think you’re too cool to play with one? Steve McQueen was not above it. Here he is killing time on the set of “Bullitt”:
Here’s some more reading about frisbee at Princeton:
I’ve yet to determine whether the following is real, however:
So grab yourself a pluto platter (not a buzzsaw blade). There’s still plenty of summer left. — CC