Your friends Dad might get a kick out of this then!
18 February 2011 - we attended a meeting of “The Edinburgh Secret Society” entitled “An Evening of Death”. Scroll down to the entry for that date here if you wish:
I quote "*For this event we arranged special access to a stunning historic building that is rarely open to the public – Edinburgh University’s Anatomy Lecture Theatre. Built in the late 1880s, this amazing venue contains steeply raked seats rising above a central dissecting table, and has been home to many infamous cadavers.
This is where we celebrated an evening of death, including the strangest of manifestations from beyond the grave, the true story of the man who cheated death, and a Victorian machine first created to talk to the dead. There was also a live operation, and some surprisingly haunting melodies to enliven everybody. At this event we were joined by the fabulous SpaceDog.*"
The ***live operation ***turned out to be two members of the audience being invited down only to find they were matched head to head in a game of Operation!
For more info on the game operation see: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3737/operation. John Spinello is indeed credited together with a Marvin Glass.
Here is a brief bio of John https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/36291/john-spinello . Apparently he was assigned the game as a project during this studies.
The co-designer was his employer - Marvin Glass - who also invented Mouse Trap and Masterpiece! See https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/3743/marvin-glass