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SAM SPEERS began working at the Hassenfeld Brothers company in 1960 after replying to an ad for an engineer in the local Rhode Island newspaper. His talent was recognized immediately and he was hired on the spot. His first product for the company was the Frosty Snowman Sno-Cone Machine. It sold 200,000 units the first year (which made him a company hero).
Soon afterward, he was put in charge of product development for our favorite plastic hero: G.I. JOE! Sam spent many agonizing hours over how to construct the 12-inch moveable fighting man. His original figure was held together with rubber braids from a company down the street. He spent the rest of his time in the 1960's developing more G.I. Joe products and creating hundreds of other toys and games. After retiring from Hasbro in 1980, Mr. Speers continued to design and develop all types of unique products.
He is looking forward to celebrating G.I. Joe's 50th Anniversary with everyone at the show this year in Dallas, Texas!