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Posted: 8/15/2002 2:25:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/15/2002 3:55:57 PM EDT by Oslow]
Is this a joke? It's California, but still... Dead Designer Will Become Frisbee SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Frisbee designer Ed Headrick has died and his family will honor his wish that his ashes be molded into memorial flying discs for family members. Headrick, father of the modern Frisbee and designer of Wham-O's first "professional model" flying disc, died age 78. Headrick died at home in his sleep Monday, according to his eldest son, Ken. He had been partially paralyzed after suffering two strokes last month at a disc golf tournament in Miami. Headrick patented toy maker Wham-O's first designs for the modern Frisbee after improving the aerodynamics of the company's initial models. After joining the company in the early 1960s, Headrick incorporated concentric grooved lines into the top of the curved disc to create the first "professional model" for Emeryville-based Wham-O. The added ridges created better lift, straighter flight and improved stability by increasing "interference with the smooth airflow pattern," according to U.S. Patent No. 3,359,678, filed by Headrick on Nov. 1, 1965, for a "Flying Saucer." The patent was officially issued in 1967, but Wham-O began selling its version in 1964, according to the company's Web site. The patent number is stamped onto Frisbees around the world and has been rubbed by the hands of millions who toss the discs across park lawns and beaches, into the grasp of fellow players or the mouths of waiting dogs. "I felt the Frisbee had some kind of a spirit involved," Headrick told the Santa Cruz Sentinel last October. "It's not just like playing catch with a ball. It's the beautiful flight." Headrick founded the International Frisbee Association and Disc Golf Association to oversee the sport of disc golf. The family will honor Headrick's wish that his ashes be molded into memorial flying discs to be given to a select few family and friends and others who make donations in his memory, Ken Headrick said. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, three sons and 11 grandchildren. [url]http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-obit-headrick0815aug15.story[/url]
Link Posted: 8/15/2002 2:28:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2002 2:30:36 PM EDT
Pardon me if I consider the idea of throwing that Frisbee for a dog to catch a bit, um, distasteful?[:D]
Link Posted: 8/15/2002 3:08:37 PM EDT
I like it! I want one!! [shock] Tall Shadow
Link Posted: 8/15/2002 3:29:35 PM EDT
When I die can I be molded into an AR15 buttstock?
Link Posted: 8/15/2002 3:31:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2002 3:37:33 PM EDT
He was the inverntor of the Frisbee, which originally was e dish. The modern Frisbee is loved thru out the world as the greatest compact outdoor aerial play toy of all time. Millions of Frisbees are thrown every day in parks, school yards, and backyards thru out this great land of America. One third of witch soared into the enemy territory of the neighbors back yard. Another third drenched in the wet slobber of man's best friend the dog. Firendship formed and streanthed over the sunny lofting between partners. Gereations sewn by the gentle frisbee passing from Grandpa to grandson. Yes, the inventor made more than just a flying disk........he created a toy that brought together a nation!!!!!! It's also good to clear out the extra stems and seeds. Sgtar15
Link Posted: 8/15/2002 4:25:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sgtar15: It's also good to clear out the extra stems and seeds. Sgtar15
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Heheh! I have plenty of ashes molded into mine already, this is not a new idea [:D]
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