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Rest in peace, Richard Knerr

(Photo from The Pollack PR Marketing Group.)

Richard Knerr, the co-founder of the great toy company Wham-O, has passed away at age 82. Besides commercializing the Frisbee for the international market, he also helped invent such icons as the Hula Hoop, the Slip 'N Slide, the Superball and Silly String, along with countless other toys. American childhoods since the 1950s would have been immeasurably poorer without him. Thank you, Mr. Knerr.

(Via Boing Boing.)

January 17, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink