Reuben Klamer death – obituary : creator of the Art Linkletter Spin-A-Hoop 99, is dead

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Reuben Klamer death – obituary, cause of death : Reuben Klamer, 99, of Canton, Ohio, has dead. He passed away on September 14th 2021.

The inventor best known for creating and designing the classic Milton Bradley (now Hasbro) board game The Game of Life, was born in 1922 in Canton, Ohio. He tremendously enjoyed his backyard BBQ pit and cooking up a feast for his family. Shooting his guns, hunting and learning great survival skills and spending family time on their land.

Klamer attended and graduated from George Washington University where he studied ancient and modern history and earning a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Ohio State University, completing his postgraduate work in engineering at the University of Michigan.

He was enrolled into the U.S. Navy midshipman school at Northwestern University in 1943 and served in the South Pacific, He established his own advertising agency before joining Ideal Toy Company, later becoming an executive with Eldon Industries.

Klamer was the creator of the Art Linkletter Spin-A-Hoop (to compete with the Wham-O hula hoop), Gaylord the Walking Dog, and Busy Blocks. Fisher-Price Preschool Trainer Skates was also one of his creations.

He produced a toy version for Ideal when he was approached by the producers of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to design a special weapon for the show’s secret agents. Impressed with Klamer’s work, and under pressure from network executives to make his show more “action packed,” Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry enlisted Klamer to design “a really big gun.” He built the phaser rifle used in the episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Milton Bradley In June 1959, declined Klamer’s pitched art center concept, Milton Bradley and president James Shea, Sr. then asked Klamer to develop a game in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Milton Bradley Company. After months of development, The Game of Life at the 1960 American International Toy Fair in the Milton Bradley showroom was unveiled. this Spurred by the endorsement of Art Linkletter, the game went on to sell more than fifty million copies.

Reuben Klamer was inducted into the Hasbro’s Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2005. He received the TAGIE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

Cause of death:

The circumstances surrounding the actual cause of death had not been made public as at the time of writing this report.