This morning our team was saddened to learn that Chuck Foley, co-inventor of the classic party game, Twister, has passed away at the age of 82. While Chuck is best known for his iconic contribution to pop culture, he was also a life-long inventor and holder of multiple patents. We had the pleasure of working with Chuck on one of his inventions during our very first season of Everyday Edisons.
Chuck came to us with an idea that ultimately became The P.O. Barx™ Shredding Dog, a militaristic toy geared toward children of men and women serving in the armed forces. As a father of ten who saw how impersonal communication was becoming with each technological advance, Chuck hoped to get kids back into the art of letter writing.
Louis Foreman, CEO of Edison Nation and executive producer of Everyday Edisons, remembers Chuck fondly:
“Chuck loved to invent. I could see that the very first time I met him. He had a passion for discovery and figuring out ways to solve everyday problems or create joy. He had a youthful enthusiasm that was contagious. He will be missed.”
As an “Everyday Edison,” Foley wasn’t looking for the proverbial “second chance” or big paycheck — he just hoped to be able to make families and children smile again. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a creative and beloved inventor. We send our deepest condolences to his family.