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A Game Maker's Life

Jeffrey Breslow

Warwick’s presents
Jeffrey Breslow
in conversation with Cynthia Beebe

A Game Maker's Life

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 4:00pm PDT

A Game Maker's Life
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On Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host Jeffrey Breslow as he discusses his new book, A Game Maker's Life: A Hall of Fame Game Inventor and Executive Tells the Inside Story of the Toy Industry, in conversation. Jeffrey Breslow, a preeminent toy and game inventor and designer, spent more than 41 years inventing toys and games since graduating with a BFA from the University of Illinois in industrial design. In 1976 at the age of 34, he became the youngest managing partner of Marvin Glass and Associates, the leading toy design company in the world. Glass and Associates created games such as Simon, Operation, Guesstures, the Evel Knievel Motorcycle, Mousetrap, and UNO Attack! Breslow was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York City in 1988 and left the toy business in 2008 to sculpt full time. His sculptures are on display at the University of Illinois and the Lurie Children’s Hospital and on permanent display in Vermont, California, New Jersey, and Uruguay.

How do you spark genius? How do you earn a profit from fun? And how do you overcome unthinkable challenges? The developer of Simon, Fashion Polly Pocket, UNO Attack!, My Size Barbie, and Operation explains it all in this fascinating story of toys, transformation, and murder.

In his captivating memoir, Jeffrey Breslow tells how:
- Creating a game is a mix of Rube Goldberg, Santa's elves, mass production, and the bottom line.
- He oversaw two multi-million dollar businesses that earned profits for more than four decades. Even while the industry transformed itself from using cardboard and plastics into electronics, his companies never acquired debt and never borrowed money from a bank!
- He overcame the terrible misfortune of a deadly workplace shooting and led his shaken employees through the tragedy and back to running a thriving business.

Millions of people around the world have played with games and toys Breslow and his partners invented - perhaps you have, too! Now, read Breslow's remarkable story and see how a flash of inspiration, followed by hard work and ingenuity, brought these wonderful games to life.

Cynthia Beebe is the author of Boots in the Ashes; Busting Bombers, Arsonists and Outlaws as a Trailblazing Female ATF AgentBeebe is a retired Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. She spent 27 years investigating bombings, arson, murder, illegal firearms, gangs and other crimes. Her cases were chronicled in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Ladies Home Journal, and were covered on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and 48 Hours.  Beebe is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, the International Association of Arson Investigators and Women in Federal Law Enforcement. She has a B.A. in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Journalism, both from Northwestern University. Since her retirement she has appeared as an expert commentator on law enforcement issues for WGN radio and television. She lives with her son in a suburb of Chicago.

A Game Maker's Life: A Hall of Fame Game Inventor and Executive Tells the Inside Story of the Toy Industry By Jeffrey Breslow, Cynthia Beebe (With) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781637584378
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Post Hill Press - August 30th, 2022