Posted at: 07/11/2013 11:50 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota man whose Twister game launched decades of awkward social interactions at parties has died at the age of 82.
Charles "Chuck" Foley died July 1 at a care facility in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. His son, Mark Foley, said Thursday his father suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
Foley and a collaborator were hired in the mid-1960s by a St. Paul firm that was branching into games and toys.
They came up with Twister, which was purchased by Milton Bradley and became a sensation after it was featured on "The Tonight Show" in 1966. Current manufacturer Hasbro Inc. says Twister continues to be a top seller.
Mark Foley says his father made little money from Twister but continued to be an inventor and held 97 patents.
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