Twister

I saw this when I was scrolling through my newsfeed this morning.

Twister Game

The Minnesota man whose Twister game launched decades of awkward social interactions at parties has died. He was 82.

By Patrick Condon,  The Associated Press

Charles “Chuck” Foley died July in the Minneapolis.

Foley and a collaborator, Neil Rabens, were hired in the mid-1960s by a St. Paul manufacturing firm that wanted to expand into games and toys. They came up with a game to be played on a mat on the floor, using a spinner to direct players to place their hands and feet on different colored circles.

Twister

Buzz Magnuson / Pioneer Press via AP, file
In a Dec. 16,1966 photo, co-inventors of the game “Twister” Charles Foley, left, and Neil Rabens demonstrate the game for Charles McCarty, foreground, president of Research and Development, Inc., in Minnesota.

 

Twister is a game of physical skill produced by the Milton Bradley Company. It is played on a large plastic mat that is spread on the floor or ground. The mat has four rows of large colored circles on it with a different color in each row: red, yellow, blue and green. A spinner is attached to a square board and is used to determine where the player has to put their hand or foot. The spinner is divided into four labeled sections: right foot, left foot, right hand and left hand. Each of those four sections is divided into the four colors (red, yellow, blue and green). After spinning, the combination is called (for example: “right hand yellow”) and players must move their matching hand or foot to a circle of the correct color. In a two-player game, no two people can have a hand or foot on the same circle; the rules are different for more players. Due to the scarcity of colored circles, players will often be required to put themselves in unlikely or precarious positions, eventually causing someone to fall. A person is eliminated when they fall or when their elbow or knee touches the mat. There is no limit to how many can play at once, but more than four is a tight fit.

From Wikipedia.com

I was never really a fan of playing “Twister” when I was a kid. I probably played in a handful of times. I think I had more fun spinning the spinner than playing the game. The circles on the playing mat always reminded me of those candy sugar dots.

Twister Game - 2

 

It’s sad that people who created things and entertained us as children are passing away now. At least Charles “Chuck” Foley will live on with people playing “Twister!”

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