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Minnesota man who invented Twister game dies at 82

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Charles "Chuck" Foley, the Minnesota inventor of the party game Twister, has died at age 82, the Star Tribune reports.

Foley died at a St. Louis Park care facility on July 1, the newspaper reports. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Foley and Neil Rabens submitted the patent for the game that made human beings the board pieces in 1966, the Star Tribune notes.

"Dad wanted to make a game that could light up a party," Foley's son Mark Foley told the Associated Press. "They originally called it 'Pretzel.' But they sold it to Milton Bradley, which came up with the 'Twister' name."

The game was initially viewed as too racy – "sex in a box," critics said, the Star Tribune reports.

But the game became a hit after talk show host Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played it in 1966 on "The Tonight Show." Foley only attended school through eighth grade, but he had a life-long desire to make things work better, his daughter, Katie Foley, of St. Joseph, Minn., told the Star Tribune.

Services will be next week in Hopkins, the Star Tribune notes.

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