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Help for the Inventor of Operation

Team Member: Kelly Pritchard

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Kelly Pritchard via Crowdrise
October 28, 2014

So far $445.00 has been raised for the Inventor of The Operation Game. Awesome! See More

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.

$735

 

294% Raised of $250 Goal

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  • Aaron

    $10

  • Willy Jauregui

    $20

  • Ashley H

    $10

  • kids

    $30

  • Christel Dent-Perkins

    $25

  • Earl & Cheryl

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Bonnie and Todd

    $10

  • Lisa in TN

    $25

  • Mandi B. Costa

    $10

  • Maura Breslin

    $50

  • Jonnelle

    $30

  • Laurie Rando

    $20

  • Jooles (Love this game!)

    $50

  • Thanks for the joy!!!

    $30

  • Christopher Ward

    $20

  • Gemma's Daddy

    $20

  • Terren Brown, California

    $25

  • Ella Mossey

    $25

  • The Bednars

    $10

  • Gena '65

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Trube / Davies Family

    $10

  • Jonathan Atria

     

  • The Ray Family

    $25

  • Nicole

    $10

  • Kevin Hill

    $25

  • Norman A. Chere

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • The Loot Lady

    $10

  • Angela, Australia

    $10

  • Chrys (Giochi sul Nostro Tavolo)

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Grahamm Learner

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Tim Walsh

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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

Grahamm Learner

Grahamm Learner

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Chrys (Giochi sul Nostro Tavolo)

Chrys (Giochi sul Nostro Tavolo)

DONATION: $10

Thank you ... I played your game and I have a lot of beautiful memories from it... Now I'm in love with boardgaming... I have the most wolloewd Italian blog about boardgames and I also started a Career as an author (my first two games will be available at Essen Spiel 2015). Part of this I owe to you. I hope you'll be okay very soon. ^__^ Christian Giove 3 years ago

Angela, Australia

Angela, Australia

DONATION: $10

Love this game. Held onto the original for many years. Kept all the plastic parts. When I see people playing Operation, it brings back childhood memories. Thanks for inventing such a fun game! 3 years ago

The Loot Lady

The Loot Lady

DONATION: $10

He should have been protected... always get royalties. It is a real shame. 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

Loved your game as kids and will play it with our grandchildren! Thank you!!! 3 years ago

Norman A. Chere

Norman A. Chere

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill

DONATION: $25

big business could put their hand in their pocket too - but i guess not - no soul in big business 3 years ago

Nicole

Nicole

DONATION: $10

Thank you for a wonderful game, I had so much fun playing it as a child! I wish you the best! Nicole 3 years ago

The Ray Family

The Ray Family

DONATION: $25

Wonderful memories of playing Operation with my young children. 3 years ago

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