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Help for the Inventor of Operation

Team Member: Alayne White

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THE STORY:

Tim Walsh wrote -

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.

$190

MONEY RAISED
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  • Love the Game

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Adrian Campos

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • paintpeddler

    $10

  • Marlena

    $20

  • BuzzMaster

    $10

  • Megan D.

    $15

  • Lord Farquaa

    $10

  • Lisa Renshaw

    $10

  • ChangaLang

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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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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

ChangaLang

ChangaLang

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Lisa Renshaw

Lisa Renshaw

DONATION: $10

Hated that funny-bone! 4 years ago

Lord Farquaa

Lord Farquaa

DONATION: $10

Hope this helps and get well soon. 4 years ago

Megan D.

Megan D.

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

BuzzMaster

BuzzMaster

DONATION: $10

Sorely needed is a shift from Corporate Greed to Corporate Gratitude. How can the Milton Bradley Corp. not, from a well spring of gratitude for the profits this man is a key component of, come to his aid? Truly, the $500 deal made so many decades ago is legally binding, but is it MORALLY binding? Common Humanity, it's time to embrace a new meme: care for those that contributed to your riches. Share the wealth with those who made it possible. This should be an unwritten rule -- and becomes knee-jerk when humanity is viewed as a brotherhood/sisterhood. Love thy neighbor and cough up the goods! 4 years ago

Marlena

Marlena

DONATION: $20

Just bought an Operation shirt about a month ago. It got people talking from all ages and walks of life...! The kids I work with know a different Operation than my generation (80s baby), and my parents remember it differently than me :). The game is still kicking, and John Spinello will be too! 4 years ago

paintpeddler

paintpeddler

DONATION: $10

played this game 50 years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

Good luck! I wish you the best in surgery. 4 years ago

Adrian Campos

Adrian Campos

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

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