Richard Knerr (30 June 1925 – 14 January 2008) was an American inventor best known for marketing the Frisbee and Hula Hoop. In 1948 he cofounded the company Wham-O with Arthur Melin (nicknamed "Spud"). In 1957, an Australian visiting California told them offhand that in his home country, children twirled bamboo hoops around their waists in gym class. Knerr and Melin saw how popular such a toy would be; and soon they were winning rave reviews from school kids for the hollow plastic prototype they had created.
- Nelsen, Valerie J. (2008-01-17). "Richard Knerr, 82; co-founded Wham-O, maker of the Hula Hoop and Frisbee". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- "Inventor of the Week Archive". Retrieved 2008-01-21.
- The Joy of Silly article in the New York Times
- Official Frisbee website by Wham-O, manufacturer of Frisbee brand flying discs
- Obituary in The Times, 18 January 2008
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