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Chuck Foley, Co-Inventor of Twister, Dead at 82

By July 31, 2013

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TwisterChuck Foley, co-inventor of the classic game Twister, passed away earlier this month. He was 82. Twister, a dexterity game which challenges players to use their entire body, became an instant hit soon after its introduction when Johnny Carson played the game with Eva Gabor on The Tonight Show.

According to a Los Angeles Times obituary of Foley, who died on July 1 as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease, the inventor held 97 patents. "I remember the patent office saying we needed mechanical parts to patent [Twister]," co-inventor Neil W. Rabens told the L.A. Times. "It was Foley who said, 'How about using people as the parts?'"

Sadly, according to the same obituary, Foley only made $27,000 on the game due to a dispute over royalties with his then-boss, Reyn Guyer, the owner of the design firm that employed him.

Here's a great look at the early history of Twister from Mental Floss.


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