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Help for the Inventor of Operation

Organized by: Tim Walsh

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Tim Walsh via Crowdrise
August 01, 2015

Our IndieGoGo campaign to fund a documentary film on John, Operation and his successful surgery (which YOU made possible), launches Tuesday! See More

THE STORY:

In 1964, John Spinello invented an electric game where the object was to insert a metal wand into holes without touching the metal edges of the openings. If you failed to have a steady hand, a buzzer would startle you with great delight. John sold his game to a toy invention firm for $500. The game was then licensed to Milton Bradley, modified and released a year later as the game we all know and love. The game of Operation.


$500 is all John Spinello ever was paid for his invention.

Over the years, the game of Operation has become a favorite to millions of people whose childhoods were all a bit brighter and buzzier because of it. John watched over the decades as the little electric game he designed spawned everything from socks, boxer shorts, purses, shower curtains, neck ties, greeting cards, and, of course, scores of licensed editions of the game.

Much has changed in 50 years. John has had a good life, but has admitted to us that he is struggling to pay his bills and is in need of a medical procedure without sufficient insurance coverage. We launched this Crowdrise fundraiser to call on anyone who has ever played and loved Operation to send John a note and maybe, a monetary gift of appreciation. You can also head over to www.ILoveOperation.com to write John an encouraging note or purchase a once-in-a-lifetime gift: An autographed copy of Operation from the original patent holder of the game! (while supplies last).

Please share this site with your friends and family. We'd appreciate it.

Gratefully Yours,

Tim Walsh & Peggy Brown

Operation is a registered trademark of Hasbro. No ownership is implied or intended.

$32,422

 

130% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Organized by

Tim Walsh

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $32,422 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Tim Walsh

Amount Raised

$29,275

 

117% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Will Rountree

Amount Raised

$877

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Kelly Pritchard

Amount Raised

$735

 

294% Raised of $250 Goal

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Susan Wilson

Amount Raised

$205

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Alayne White

Amount Raised

$190

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Felicia Stoler

Amount Raised

$181

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Bryan Pullins

Amount Raised

$170

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Jeff Buttitta

Amount Raised

$170

Donor Comments

Mathisen family

Mathisen family

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Carmen Aponte, friend of Peggy Brown & Tim Walsch

Carmen Aponte, friend of Peggy Brown & Tim Walsch

DONATION: $20

See you at the TAGIES :) 3 years ago

Just someone

Just someone

DONATION: $10

God Bless! 3 years ago

Ahrum PIlendiram

Ahrum PIlendiram

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

BidOkee

BidOkee

You have been an inspiration to generations of gamers! 3 years ago

dave

dave

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Ann McKinney

Ann McKinney

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Thanks for all the wonderful times with this game growing up 3 years ago

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