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Help for the Inventor of Operation

Team Member: Will Rountree

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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.

$877

MONEY RAISED
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  • Heather Kline :)

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Thanks for the memories!

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Renee and Scott

    $10

  • Cecilio Berrios

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Michelle Ibarra

    $10

  • Chuck, Donna, Mike, Travis, Falon, Amber, Leslie

    $100

  • Jennifer

    $10

  • Deb Bailey

    $30

  • Departing Contestant

    $15

  • JNB

    $25

  • Will Rountree

    $51

  • bitsnpieces1

    $324

  • Janice Carroll hammond

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • A fan

    $22

  • Jane Fleming

    $10

  • David Lars Chamberlain

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Linda

    $10

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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

Linda

Linda

DONATION: $10

Love the game! Glad to help! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

David Lars Chamberlain

David Lars Chamberlain

DONATION: $25

Many happy memories of the game: thanks for those! 4 years ago

Jane Fleming

Jane Fleming

DONATION: $10

Who hasn't played this game with their children, its magic 4 years ago

A fan

A fan

DONATION: $22

Thanks for brightening my childhood! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

I enjoyed your "Operation" game when I was a kid, now my children have come to love it as well. Prayers that your healing will be rapid and complete. 4 years ago

Janice Carroll hammond

Janice Carroll hammond

DONATION: $20

Thank you for the fun memories from my childhood, even though I didn't have the finest motor skills. :) 4 years ago

bitsnpieces1

bitsnpieces1

DONATION: $324

For everyone who spent hours trying to beat the buzzer. 4 years ago

Will Rountree

Will Rountree

DONATION: $51

My turn 4 years ago

JNB

JNB

DONATION: $25

Thank you for developing such a great game! 4 years ago

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