“Ever since I was a young boy, I played the silver ball.” –The Who, 1969.

Pinball’s popularity began in the 1930s. “Baffle Ball” featured a maze of pins, spawning the name. Pinball’s golden age started in 1947 with “Humpty Dumpty,” revolutionizing the game with flippers, allowing the player to “recycle” the ball. Classic machines from the ‘50s to the ‘70s added new layers of skill and strategy.

In the ‘60s, my buddy Jim Tatro and I played the “Light a Card” at the bowling alley by the hour. Flashing lights, bright colors, hand-eye coordination abounding, pinball, long before the advent of digi...


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