Charles Foley, Twister Game Inventor, Dies at 82
Charles "Chuck" Foley, a Minnesota man who brings people closer with his Twister game, has passed away. According to his family, Charles died on July 1 at a care facility in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park at the age of 82. His son Mark Foley said that his father suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Twister is the first game which uses human body as board pieces. Charles and another inventor Neil Rabens were hired by a St. Paul manufacturing firm to create a game in mid 1960s. Twister made its debut in 1966 with slogan, "The Game That Ties You Up in Knots."
People, who become the board pieces, are directed to move their hands and legs with a spinner. The game got very popular after host Johnny Carson and actress Eva Gabor played it in an episode of "Tonight Show".
Mark told Star Tribune, "He was extremely passionate about what he did. He had great vision. His motto was 'I want to invent something that should be in every home and every commercial environment imaginable.' "
Charles, who grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, made his first invention when he was 8. Over the years, he has made 97 patented inventions, including liquid adhesive remover Un-Du. The adhesive remover is probably people's favorite choice to take off tape or stickers without leaving stain. In his later years, Charles spent his time talking about inventions, inspiration and hard work in classes.
In addition to six sons and three daughters, Charles is survived by two sisters, two brothers and 16 grandchildren.
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