Charles Foley (inventor)

Charles Foley (September 6, 1930 – July 1, 2013) was the co-inventor of the game Twister, with Neil W. Rabens.


Foley received only 2.5% royalties for three years from Milton Bradley, which amounted to about $27,000. The game became a sensation after Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played it on The Tonight Show in 1966.[1] Hasbro took over the manufacturing of the game.[2]


Foley was born in Lafayette, Indiana and before he was 10 years old made his first invention, a locking system for the cattle pen at his grandfather's farm. He attended school through the eighth grade and as a young man he worked as a salesman. He served in the Michigan Air National Guard and worked on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company before taking a job at Lakeside Toys in Minneapolis. He moved his family to Minnesota in 1962. He invented dozens of other toys and games, and had 97 patented inventions.[3]

In 1995, Charles Foley's son, Mark Foley, and Douglas Farley founded Doumar Products Inc. and its heptane-based Un-Du adhesive remover.[4]

Last years

Foley had lived in North Carolina for years, but his son said he returned to Minnesota in 2005 when he began to have health problems and to be closer to his family. Foley's wife, Kathleen, died of breast cancer in 1975.


Foley died July 1, 2013, aged 82, at the Golden Living Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He was survived, immediately, by six sons and three daughters, and two brothers and two sisters.[5]


  1. ^ Katie Salen & Eric Zimmerman (2003). Rules of Play: game design fundamentals. MIT Press. ISBN 0262240459.
  2. ^ "Charles Foley obituary". San Francisco Cronicle. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "Obit: Minnesotan Charles Foley invented the game Twister". Star Tribune. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  4. ^ Feder, Barnaby (January 18, 1998), EARNING IT; Good Product. Sound Plans. No Sure Thing,
  5. ^ "Inventor of Iconic Party Game Twister Dies". Retrieved July 11, 2013.
Charles Foley

Charles Foley may refer to:

Charles Foley (footballer) (1856–1933), played in three FA Cup Finals for Old Etonians

Charles Foley (inventor) (1931–2013), invented the game Twister, together with Neil W. Rabens

Charles Foley (journalist) (born 1909), Indian-born British journalist

Charles Foleÿ (playwright) (1856–1933), French playwright

Charles F. Foley, American lawyer and politician

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