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Reuben Klamer, toy inventor who created the Game of Life, dies at 99

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“If, like me, you played the 1960 version of Life while wearing bell-bottoms and listening to a 45 of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man,’ ” historian Jill Lepore wrote in the New Yorker in 2007, “you have a pretty good idea of what happened to Milton Bradley’s nineteenth-century game about vice, virtue, and the pursuit of happiness: it was reinvented as a lesson in Cold War consumerist conformity, a kind of two-dimensional Levittown, complete with paychecks and retirement homes and dental bills.”

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