Klamer studied ancient and modern history at George Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Ohio State University. He completed postgraduate work in engineering at the University of Michigan.
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."
The Game of Life
In June 1959, Klamer pitched an art center[clarification needed] concept to Milton Bradley, but they declined. Milton Bradley president James Shea, Sr. asked Klamer to develop a game in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Milton Bradley Company. After months of development, Klamer unveiled The Game of Life at the 1960 American International Toy Fair in the Milton Bradley showroom. Spurred by the endorsement of Art Linkletter, the game went on to sell more than fifty million copies.
Klamer was inducted into the Hasbro's Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000[failed verification] and the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2005. He received the TAGIE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.[failed verification]
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