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1946-1959: Dispatches from Syracuse's 'War on Pinball'


Poor Archie


The situation kept on getting worse for Archie Antablian, who owned a restaurant, Archie’s, at 472 North Salina Street.


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On March 9, 1955, he thought all was well. He worked in his kitchen, while three youths played pinball. They did so with “much gusto.”


Then the restaurant became quiet. He came out to find they had robbed him of $50.


The good news was the robbers were apprehended a day later, the bad news was that one of them told police that they had won money while playing one of Antablian’s pinball machines.


He plead guilty to paying off on a pinball machine and was fined $25.


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