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Compelling Connections
The Currency of Infuence
In this fun and moving presentation I screen clips from my documentary film and then discuss the themes of play, connection and influence that inspired it. In 1964, John Spinello invented a game that would eventually become the iconic board game, Operation. John sold the patent rights to his game to a toy development company for $500. The game went on to sell over 45 million copies, delighting generations of kids all over the world. In 2008, John lost his business and then discovered that he needed surgery he could not afford. Fellow game inventor, Peggy Brown and I launched a crowd-funding campaign to call on fans of Operation to help John pay for his surgery. The story broke and soon John was on Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, and dozens of other TV shows. Within 8 days the campaign raised over $32,000 to pay for John’s surgery!Hundreds of people wrote to thank John for the fun. Some wrote to thank him for the inspiration. Dozens of doctors, nurses, and even surgeons w...


Travels From: Sarasota, FL
Fee Range: $2,500 - $5,000

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