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Help for the Inventor of Operation

Team Member: Susan Wilson

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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.

$205

MONEY RAISED
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  • Operation Fan in AZ

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Arlene Young

    $20

  • dylan and tyler lynch

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Op Fan

    $20

  • Blackfish Spirit

    $10

  • Joan Wilson

    $10

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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

Joan Wilson

Joan Wilson

DONATION: $10

I read that Hasbro has now offered to pay for Mr Spinello's operation, but I still want to give because this man deserves to be paid for his wonderful, creative, game idea from so many years ago. I personally had many hours of fun with that game in the 1960's! I hope others will continue to contribute so after his operation, he can take a wonderful well deserved vacation! Bless you John! 4 years ago

Blackfish Spirit

Blackfish Spirit

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Op Fan

Op Fan

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

found via cnn.com 4 years ago

dylan and tyler lynch

dylan and tyler lynch

DONATION: $100

thanks - we love the game 4 years ago

Arlene Young

Arlene Young

DONATION: $20

I hope you get the money you need for your surgery soon. God bless you and I will be praying for you 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

Thank you for all of the happy childhood memories. Can you imagine all of the current surgeons and doctors in practice now because they enjoyed your game so much as children? I bet there are countless amounts. I wish I had more to give. My situation is not good....terminal myself and sole caregiver of my terminally ill Mother. If I can put aside $10 to help, others can too! Unlike me they might have to give up a cup of coffee outside of their house for 2 days, but if many contribute $10 it will make a large dent in what he needs! 4 years ago

Operation Fan in AZ

Operation Fan in AZ

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

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