Wham-O! Richard Knerr toy company co-founder died

Richard Knerr the co-founder of Wham-O maker of amazing toys like the slip=n-slide, died at 81 .

From the LA Times:

With his boyhood best friend, Arthur “Spud” Melin, Knerr 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.

A treasure chest of dozens of toys followed that often bore playful names: Superball, so bouncy it seemed to defy gravity; Slip ‘N Slide and its giggle-inducing cousin the Water Wiggle; and Silly String, which was much harder to get out of hair than advertised.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Braille Institute Auxiliary of Pasadena Tribute Fund, 615 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106 or to the American Heart Assn., http://www.americanheart.org.

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2 Responses to Wham-O! Richard Knerr toy company co-founder died

  1. Lori Gregory says:

    JASON-
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR POSTING SOMETHING OTHER THAN FRISBEE, HULA HOOP OR SUPER BALL ABOUT MY DAD’S COMPANY!! IT IS A NICE BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND A TRUE WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE SEEING THIS OLD COMMERCIAL FOR WATER WIGGLE! I LOVED THAT TOY AS WELL AS COUNTLESS OTHERS. WE ALL MISS HIM AND SPUD VERY MUCH! THEY BOTH LIVED THE AMERICAN DREAM!! ( BTW: DAD WAS 82. ) I’M SURE HE AND SPUD ARE PLAYING FRISBEE IN HEAVEN. I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH DAD!!!!!!!!! HAVE FUN UP THERE!
    XOXO~ LORI

  2. Hi Lori,

    Having played with many Wham-O toys as a child, your father’s inventions hold a special place in my life too.
    My condolences to you and your family.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.

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