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February 15, 1987 | Times Wire Services
Wham-O Inc., the maker of Frisbees and Hula Hoops, said it is moving most of its San Gabriel manufacturing operations to an existing plant in La Mesa, Mexico. The manufacturing facility in San Gabriel will remain open as a distribution and research center, said Steve Schneider, vice president of corporate research and development for Kransco Group Cos., the San Francisco parent of Wham-O.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
The maker of the Slip 'N Slide has filed a lawsuit over a scene in the movie "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" that shows actor David Spade skidding to a painful halt on the summertime water toy. Wham-O is asking a judge to order the film out of theaters as long as it contains the Slip 'N Slide scene, or for a disclaimer to be added urging viewers not to try the maneuver made by Spade.
BUSINESS
April 16, 1998 | Greg Johnson
For years, when a competitor wanted to belittle the Morey bodyboard company, it would slip a Barbie doll into advertisements--a subtle dig at Mattel Inc.'s ownership of the nation's premier bodyboard line. Morey ditched the doll in November when Torrance-based Wham-O Inc.--a new company that's trying to revitalize an old toy industry name--purchased Mattel's sports division--including the Morey, Frisbee, Hula-Hoop and Hacky Sack brands--for a reported $20 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
The maker of the Slip 'N Slide has filed a lawsuit over a scene in the movie "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" that shows actor David Spade skidding to a painful halt on the summertime water toy. Wham-O is asking a judge to order the film out of theaters as long as it contains the Slip 'N Slide scene, or for a disclaimer to be added urging viewers not to try the maneuver made by Spade.
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.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2003
* A federal judge in Manhattan approved a settlement of a lawsuit that accused Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. of discriminating against blacks and other minorities in the selling of policies. The settlement could cost MetLife as much as $90 million. * Johnson & Johnson said it completed its acquisition of Sunnyvale, Calif., biotechnology company Scios Inc. for $2.4 billion. * Wham-O Inc. of Emeryville, Calif., said it bought the assets of Rockville, Md.-based snowboard maker Riva Sports Inc.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Mattel Inc. said it agreed to sell its Mattel Sports division to closely held Wham-O Inc. for an undisclosed price as the El Segundo-based company continues to focus on its core brands by shedding non-core businesses. Wham-O, a toy company formed to acquire and reinvigorate classic toy brands, is majority owned by closely held investment firm Charterhouse Group International Inc.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1987 | Associated Press
A small company trying to get its new flying disk off the ground is suing the maker of Frisbee for $100 million, charging trademark infringement and unfair trade practices. The feud pits Sandeen Inc. of Hayward, Calif., and its SpinJammer disk against Wham-O Inc., which is marketing a similar new product called Ripspinner. Wham-O, based in San Gabriel, is part of Kransco Manufacturing Co. of San Francisco. Cone-Shaped Center A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14 before U.S.
BUSINESS
April 16, 1998 | Greg Johnson
For years, when a competitor wanted to belittle the Morey bodyboard company, it would slip a Barbie doll into advertisements--a subtle dig at Mattel Inc.'s ownership of the nation's premier bodyboard line. Morey ditched the doll in November when Torrance-based Wham-O Inc.--a new company that's trying to revitalize an old toy industry name--purchased Mattel's sports division--including the Morey, Frisbee, Hula-Hoop and Hacky Sack brands--for a reported $20 million.
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.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1987 | Times Wire Services
Wham-O Inc., the maker of Frisbees and Hula Hoops, said it is moving most of its San Gabriel manufacturing operations to an existing plant in La Mesa, Mexico. The manufacturing facility in San Gabriel will remain open as a distribution and research center, said Steve Schneider, vice president of corporate research and development for Kransco Group Cos., the San Francisco parent of Wham-O.
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February 13, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan
Walter Fredrick Morrison, whose post-World War II invention of a "flying" plastic disc became an American recreational icon known as the Frisbee, has died. He was 90. Morrison died Tuesday of age-related causes at his home in Monroe, Utah, said his son, Walt. Wham-O Inc. has sold more than 200 million Frisbees since Morrison sold the company the rights to what he called the Pluto Platter in 1957. "Fred's timeless contribution to the sport and toy industries has brought smiles to well over 200 million faces and continues to do so every day," Kevin Martzolff, Wham-O's vice president of design & marketing, said in a statement.
SPORTS
August 9, 1986 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
Almost every day since they met two years ago, Aaron Litwin and Wendy Dushman have thrown plate-sized plastic discs at one another. Day or night they've thrown, usually for about 90 minutes a day. The persistence has paid off for the 15-year-old Canoga Park High students, who live together with Aaron's father, Bob, and Wendy's mother, Sharon, and share a talent for throwing and catching Frisbees.
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