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What Was the Unusual Dying Wish of the Inventor of Frisbee Golf?

When it comes to dying wishes, some people have made fairly odd requests about what to do with their remains. Some people want to be buried in their favorite car. Others have items of personal significance buried with them, like a CD of favorite music. One strange request came from Ed Headrick, the inventor of Frisbee golf (also known as disc golf). According to his family, Headrick asked to be cremated and his ashes mixed with plastic and molded into a commemorative Frisbee.

When Headrick died in 2002, that dying wish became a reality, and a line of very special commemorative Frisbees was produced, incorporating Headrick's ashes into the plastic. The "Steady Ed Memorial Discs" are still available for sale from the Disc Golf Association's online store. All proceeds from the commemorative Frisbees go towards the Ed Headrick Memorial Museum, part of the PDGA International Disc Golf Center in Appling, Georgia.

Before he died, Headrick also made it clear that he didn't want a funeral. He said that if there was going to be a party, he wanted to attend, so his family threw "Steady" Ed Headrick a big party shortly before his death.

Fun Frisbee facts:

  • The Frisbee's original name was the Pluto Platter, and then the Flying Saucer, inspired by the UFO craze of the 1950s and 1960s.

  • The Wham-O Company estimates that some 100 million Frisbees have been sold since the mid-1960s.

  • The name "Frisbee" supposedly comes from the Frisbie Bakery in Bridgeport, Connecticut, whose pie tins could also be used as flying discs.

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