ARCADIA, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Richard Knerr, co-founder of Wham-O, which gave the world the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee, has died at an Arcadia, Calif., hospital at 82.
Knerr died Monday at Methodist Hospital after suffering a stroke earlier in the day at his home, his wife, Dorothy, told the Los Angeles Times.
Knerr and his boyhood buddy Arthur "Spud" Melin started the company in 1948 in Pasadena. They named the enterprise Wham-O for the sound that their first product, a slingshot, made when it hit its target.
Dozens of toys followed that often bore playful names like Superball, Slip 'N Slide and the Water Wiggle. But, they hit it big with a redesigned bamboo ring used for exercise in Australia that became one of the most popular fads of all time -- the Hula Hoop.
Knerr and Melin figure they sold 25 million hoops in four months in the late 1950s. It had one major fault: it never wore out.
In 1958, while the hoop was going great guns, the team came up with the Frisbee, another wildly popular fad that sold an estimated 100 million over the next 30 years.
In addition to his wife, Knerr, who was born June 30, 1925, in San Gabriel,Calif., was survived by three children, two stepchildren and eight grandchildren.
Melin died in 2002.
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... this picture of you I carry in my hand
Lets me hear you say You're never far away
You'll see me in a dream across a mountain stream
And you will hear me say You're never far away"
-- Jack White (Never Far Away - Cold Mountain)
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Posted By: dalecaruso
Chico and the Man was a hit sitcom for NBC in the mid-1970s. Starring Freddie Prinze and Jack Albertson, the show debuted in 1974 and centered on the relationship between crusty, aging widower Ed Brown (a "seventh-generation WASP" whose garage was the last white-owned business in his Los Angeles neighborhood) and his Mexican-American employee Francisco (Chico) Rodriguez. Chico and The Man was a regular fixture in the top 10 until Prinze's shocking suicide at age 22 in January 1977. Enough shows with Prinze had been made in advance to last several weeks. The remaining episodes of the 1976-77 season focused on minor cast members. Common sense dictated that NBC should cancel the show, but instead a revamped Chico and the Man debuted in the fall of 1977. Twelve-year-old Gabriel Melgar was cast as illegal-immigrant orphan Raul Garcia who had stowed away in Ed Brown's car when he was returning from a fishing trip to Mexico. Brown referred to Raul as "Chico," explaining to the boy, "You're all Chicos to me!" Prinze's character was said to be visiting relatives in Mexico. However, in one episode Raul finds Chico's belongings in a closet and starts to play his guitar. Ed has an emotional meltdown, smashes the guitar, and eventually explains to Raul that Chico had died. Ratings for the revised version of Chico and the Man were terrible, so the show was axed at the end of the 1977-78 season. Melgar didn't do much in showbiz after the cancellation of Chico and the Man. He appeared in one episode of CHiPs, one episode of Love Boat, and he had a role in a forgettable 1979 action flick titled Jaguar Lives--and that was it. According to one fansite, Melgar is now employed in the biomedical field.
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Posted By: Lava1964
Such was the undeniable beauty of Kathrine Gabriel that she appeared on the cover of Photoplay magazine in May 1958 without being a movie star. A beauty queen, Miss Gabriel represented Ohio at various pageants in 1957. Her obvious good looks earned her a contestant's spot on the December 12, 1957 episode of You Bet Your Life. She appeared in her "working clothes"--a swimsuit--and had host Groucho Marx speechless for a few seconds. (Noting that YBYL had been on the air for 11 years, Groucho eventually muttered, "Why couldn't this have happened 11 years ago when I was 30 years younger?") The lovely Kathrine M. Gabriel Dittrick died in May 2016 at the age of 79.
Added: 13th March 2018
Posted By: Lava1964