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The 1950's
Fun Fads of the Fab Fifties

The 1950's
The 1950's

Fun Fads of the Fab Fifties
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.86

     challenging words:    backwoods, coonskin, Flyin, frisbees, homespun, mania, mid-fifties, sling-shot, toymakers, wacky, zipping, fun-loving, renamed, skillful, discs, series
     content words:    Frisbie Baking Company, Walter Morrison, Pluto Platters, Down Under, Hula Hoop, Hula Hoops, Davy Crockett, Walt Disney, Fess Parker, Potato Head

Fun Fads of the Fab Fifties
By Toni Lee Robinson

1     The 1950s brought good times to the U.S. A terrible world war was over. There were lots of jobs. Families could afford the things they needed. People felt free to be more playful. Scads of new toys hit the shelves, and people bought them by the thousands. Many games and toys we love today were new in the fifties.
2     The idea of the Frisbee had been around for awhile. No one knows exactly when it started. It may have been invented by students. The Frisbie Baking Company in Connecticut was a favorite place for guys going to college at Yale. The college guys ate stacks and stacks of Frisbie's pies. When the pies were gone, the fun-loving students found a use for the empty pans. The circles of metal made great missiles!
3     The Yalies spent their free time flinging the metal pans back and forth. They found that people passing by didn't like having their hair parted by a flying pie pan, even if it was empty. That didn't stop the college boys.
4     They did feel they should give a warning, though. When the pan was flung, the thrower yelled "Frisbie!" (The baker's name was stamped on the bottom of the pan. It was the last thing the pitcher saw as the pan sailed over the crowd.) The metal disc might still slap someone on the head, but the victim couldn't say he hadn't been warned.
5     Walter Morrison got the idea that it would be better to throw plastic discs rather than metal pans. The plastic circles were first made at the time of the UFO mania during the late 1940s. The new toys were called "Flyin' Saucers" or "Pluto Platters."

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