September 10, 2003 |
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.
April 16, 1998 |
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.
May 9, 1994 |
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.
October 25, 1993 |
For 40 years, Dan Roddick has believed in flying saucers. It started when he was 5, flinging plastic disks in the back yard with his father. It continued as he grew up and won 19 world titles as a disk-throwing champion and wrote several books on the "disk arts." Roddick's obsession is also his livelihood. As director of sports promotion for San Gabriel-based Wham-O, the company that created the Frisbee, he has been putting his own spin on the classic for the last 17 years.
November 26, 1987 |
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.
February 15, 1987 |
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.