When Headrick first approached Wham-O, his application for work was rejected. He offered to work for them for three months without pay or guarantee of a job. Basically after three months they could do what ever they wanted with him. The offer was accepted, and Headrick was given the job of working on, and improving the Pluto Platter.
Over three months he changed the design, and its reliability in flight. So impressed with his design, the owners of the company offered him a full time job, with back pay to the date that he started. Within only ten years of getting the job, he was CEO of the company.
Headrick, in his time with the company, also invented a game called Disc Golf. The object of the game is to throw a disc, or Frisbee type object around a course and into a basket in as few throws as possible. Over the years the game has managed to become even more popular.It was his dying wish, as the inventor of the Frisbee, to be cremated and turned into several Frisbees. His dying wish was honored, with a final happy twist.
Before his death he lamented the pleasure of the simple toy.
I felt the Frisbee had some kind of a spirit involved. It’s not just like playing catch with a ball, it’s the beautiful flight… We used to say that Frisbee is really a religion – Frisbyterians we’d call ourselves. When we die, we don’t go to purgatory. We just land up on the roof and lay there.
As it turns out, Headrick died using the toy he invented, playing the game he invented from a massive stroke. As per his request, he was cremated and his ashes were added to the plastic to make several Frisbees. They were given to friends and family members, with one being thrown by his wife onto the roof of The Ed Headrick Memorial Museum.