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May 5, 1994 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh, how the place once shook and shimmied, wobbled and whirled, this twinkling toy factory that turned out Whing Dings and Nutty Knotters and Zip Zaps. Together, two new USC grads, Rich Knerr and Arthur (Spud) Melin, dreamed up this whimsical place called Wham-O in 1948; two wacky best friends who once got arrested in Pasadena for hurling rotten oranges at each other as teen-agers. Together, they began a mail-order business by making 75-cent slingshots in the Knerr family garage, then moved on to ship a pirate's treasure chest worth of toys around the world--Silly String, Slip 'N Slides, Frisbees and dozens more--from the company's San Gabriel complex.
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May 9, 1994 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh, how the place once shook and shimmied, wobbled and whirled, this twinkling toy factory that turned out Whing Dings and Nutty Knotters and Zip Zaps. Together, two new USC grads, Rich Knerr and Arthur (Spud) Melin, dreamed up this whimsical place called Wham-O in 1948; two wacky best friends who once got arrested in Pasadena for hurling rotten oranges at each other as teens.
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BUSINESS
May 9, 1994 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh, how the place once shook and shimmied, wobbled and whirled, this twinkling toy factory that turned out Whing Dings and Nutty Knotters and Zip Zaps. Together, two new USC grads, Rich Knerr and Arthur (Spud) Melin, dreamed up this whimsical place called Wham-O in 1948; two wacky best friends who once got arrested in Pasadena for hurling rotten oranges at each other as teens.
NEWS
May 5, 1994 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh, how the place once shook and shimmied, wobbled and whirled, this twinkling toy factory that turned out Whing Dings and Nutty Knotters and Zip Zaps. Together, two new USC grads, Rich Knerr and Arthur (Spud) Melin, dreamed up this whimsical place called Wham-O in 1948; two wacky best friends who once got arrested in Pasadena for hurling rotten oranges at each other as teen-agers. Together, they began a mail-order business by making 75-cent slingshots in the Knerr family garage, then moved on to ship a pirate's treasure chest worth of toys around the world--Silly String, Slip 'N Slides, Frisbees and dozens more--from the company's San Gabriel complex.
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June 9, 1994 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mattel Inc. has announced that it will shut down the original San Gabriel headquarters of Wham-O, the company that brought Hula Hoops, Frisbees and dozens of other toys to the world. Mattel is the new owner of Wham-O, which was founded in 1948 by Rich Knerr, who grew up in South Pasadena, and Arthur (Spud) Melin, who grew up in Pasadena. On May 31, Mattel closed a deal to buy Wham-O's parent company, Kransco, for an undisclosed amount. Mattel is the country's largest toy maker.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2006 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Chinese investors couldn't buy a U.S. oil company or the maker of Maytag appliances, but now a Hong Kong group will be able to claim a real American icon: Wham-O Inc., the maker of Frisbee, Hula-Hoop, Silly String and Slip 'N Slide toys. Privately held Wham-O said Thursday that it had been acquired by toy distributor Cornerstone Overseas Investments Ltd. for an undisclosed amount.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1999
1900 Losers: Blacksmiths, buggy salesmen. Thank people like Henry Ford. Winners: Auto mechanics. The Model T is introduced in 1908, putting the car into the hands of the everyday driver. That's not always good. Winner: John D. Rockefeller. Boom in auto sales puts oil baron in position to control just about everything until the government busts him up in 1912. Losers: Factory workers. Conditions deplorable. Child labor. No overtime. Kind of like some overseas garment factories today.
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