Man! This guy keeps good company: Dennis Dodel, Michael Sands,
Russ Jensen, basically the the Big Dogs!
Journal Issue #151 begins with Dan Marquardt building his own pinball arcade ... for
his O scale model railroad and continues on to introduce readers to Tom
Taylor and his amazing pinball collection and then we relive Pinball Expo
2011. Continuing in that vein, we look back at last year's editions of the
Northern Lights show in the UK by Mark Robinson and the Red Rose Gameroom
Show by Jeffrey Lawton. Andrew Heighway adds an interview and peek at
Heighway Pinball's first game, Phoebe Smith reviews the color dot matrix
display add-on and John Trudeau is featured in Brian Cady's Kings of the
Silverball. There is lots more, of course, in this issue so climb on board
and take a ride.
Journal Issue #148 is all about the Transformers … well, not ALL, but there’s a lot
of exclusive info there from none other than George Gomez. Then we move
back to 1960 as Bruce Moyer explains Magic Clock. David Marston takes a
break from Pinball On Record to introduce a new New England pinball arcade,
Kelly Corcoran describes attending his first pinball show, the 2011 Midwest
Gaming Classic and Phoebe Smith goes into detail about joining her first
pinball league. Jersey Jack remembers a day 36 years ago and Lukasz
Dziatkiewicz brings us up to date on the history of pinball in Poland.
Rounding things out is part one of the inside story on the recently
released remake of King of Diamonds by Reiny Bangerter and part two of
Brian Cady’s Kings of the Silver Ball featuring Dennis Nordman. There is,
of course, much more in this issue, including the inclusion of a
Transformers flyer, so don’t miss it!
#126 July 2008--(OUT OF PRINT--pdf available-inquire) The Adventure
Continues as both Stern's Indiana Jones and its designer John Borg return
to pinball. We go behind the scenes with more detail then ever before.
Next, get an exclusive look at the Pinball 2000 emulator system from Chuck
Hess and Big Guys Pinball and two west coast shows, Pacific Pinball Expo
and California Extreme are featured in stories by Larry Zartarian and Mark
Birsching respectively. Phoebe Smith is back for the forth and final
installment of her Solar Fire restoration article and Dave Marston returns
in Pinball On Record looking at the many variations of a song called
Pinball Machine. Mark Bakula talked to both Gene Cunningham and Wayne
Gilliard to find out what they are planning for their companies Illinois
Pinball and The Pinball Factory. Finally, Lyman Sheats, player, programmer,
collector talks about his Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Pinball. And
that's not all, so don't miss this returning issue of the PinGame Journal!
#125 March 2008--This issue starts with letters from readers and moves
right into a discussion about Stern’s Wheel Of Fortune. This interview with
programmer Keith Johnson reveals behind the scenes details about this game.
Next, Nigel Lunt takes a look at replacement score display kits from
Pinscore. The Pacific Pinball Exposition was quite a show focusing on
classic woodrail games and we present two views of that show, one from Bob
Herbison and one from Uncle Hoppy. Speaking of uncles, Uncle Bob reviews the
tinted balls from Matchstick Creations in Bob’s Your Uncle. Phoebe Smith
works on backglass restoration in part three of her Solar Fire restoration
and we end with a look back at the legendary Canadian distributor, Laniel,
with Michael Hanley and Robert Barake. Of course there’s more, so don’t let
this one get away from you!
2007 (OUT OF PRINT--Email info(at)pingamejournal.com to order as PDF file)
“Steve Ritchie Weaves His Pingame Design Web” announces the cover story for
this issue of the PinGame Journal. We look in on Steve’s progress at three
separate stages in the design of his latest game for Stern, Spider-man.
Phoebe Smith brings us inside the Akron Pinball Show and Uncle Bob
describes the process for fitting Cliffy’s Playfield Protectors. Clay
Harrell describes his trip to the Pinball Wizards Convention and Eric
Strangeway tells us why he likes Williams Defender pinball so much. Then we
remember two pinball people who have died in recent months: Hobbiest
Richard Shapiro and designer/engineer Ed Cebula. David Ainslie reviews the
DVDs Pins and Vids #2 as well as TOP #8 and Jeffrey Lawton talks about the
Bally Bingo Service Guide #2. We wrap this issue up with a road trip by the
CPM Road Crew to the Southern Illinois Super Show. There’s of course much
more web to weave in this issue, so don’t miss it!
#115, April 2006, is a real beauty, a Hawaiian Beauty that is. This 50s
Gottlieb classic is featured on the cover as well as covered in depth by
PGJ Woodrail editor, Bob Herbison. As busy of a guy Bob is, he found time
to visit the newly opened Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas and filed a report
on this important location. The article is complemented by photos by Ed
Pizo. We also feature two stories about Tim Seckel’s Rocky and Bullwinkle
and Friends. One about the game by John Patton and another about the car
(?) by Giuseppe Croce from Italy! Stern’s new Steve Ritchie creation World
Poker Tour is looked at through the eyes of new artist Brian Rood. We are
treated to part two of Paul Backer’s exhaustive treatment of Creature From
The Black Lagoon. Round that all out with Dave Marston’s Pinball On Record
(with a lot of help from Dutchman Frank Verweij), The Repair Pirate and
Jeff Lawton’s Technicians In Training, and we have another amazing issue of
the Pingame Journal. Don’t miss it!
#114 is just brimming with information and color. The cover features a
creature. Actually it’s the Creature From The Black Lagoon acting as the
introduction for the up close and personal story (with three pages in
color!) of that Bally game by John Trudeau and Kevin O’Connor and a great
team. Paul Backer talks to many of them and produced an in-depth article.
There’s a report on the missing Comet cabinet logo and one on Tim Arnold’s
dream-come-true arcade! We review the new video from the TOP team and find
out why Zach Sharpe was out of touch for a while. Bits and Pieces touch on
the Coke/Pinball sign in Times Square, a pinball article in American
Interest, a PGJ Frapper, and other cool pinball stuff. There’s a discussion
from Tim Ford about the future of pinball and a report from Pin-A-Go-Go.
Jeffrey Lawton brings us a report on the Whiterose show as well as a review
of the video of that show produced by Josh Kaplan. There’s talk of the
Pinball Death Match from Bowen Kerins and Mark Malmburg brings us playing
tips for Sopranos as well as a new cartoon. John Smout displays his
eleventh installment of the History of Pinball and we round out this issue
with a report from Uncle Hoppy and his perfect pinball hauling car! Of
course there’s much more here but no room to say it all so don’t miss this
113, November 2005 (Out of Print) begins with a short report on those This
Old Pinball zanies Norm and Shaggy and a color photo report on the 2005
AMOA industry show. Alex Fuchs gives us background info on his Pinball
Calendar project and Neil Nicastro finishes up his conversation on the
events leading to the end of Williams pinball. Pinball At The Zoo is looked
at along with the saga of Sarah! Pinball Repair Pirate is back, this time
fixing a King Kool and Jeff Lawton continues his Tech. Training series.
Josh Kaplan tells of the Pinball Wizards Show, Jim Radovich reviews a Lord
Of The Rings ramp mod and Bob Herbison tells us what time is on his
Gottlieb clock. Roger Thornton reviews Pure Pinball and there is Bits and
Pieces with Cerveris, Zipzer, Rosen, Linux and PlayMeter and a Pinheads
cartoon from Mark Malmberg. That’s not all, of course, so don’t miss it!
112 (October, 2005) features two great discussions. One with Pat Lawlor, discussing
his game NASCAR along with the background behind choosing the theme and the
challenges his team overcame in making the game. There is also a section
discussing the European version of this game, Grand Prix. The other is a
talk with former Williams CEO, Neil Nicastro. He tells it like he saw it,
no holds barred, in this two part in depth interview. Part two will appear
in PGJ #113. Speaking of part two, we have the second part of the Birth of
Black Hole story by Eric Selak as well as the entire story of finding the
movie game prop from The Time of Your Life by Josh Kaplan. Also there’s
info on past industry and collector shows, another installment of John
Smout's History of Pinball and Jeffrey Lawton's Technicians In Training.
There's more, of course, so don't miss it!
111, August, 2005. The featured story has been three years in the writing
and reveals the origins of the Gottlieb game, Black Hole. The first part of
this story by Eric Selak tells how the whole project got started. FLASH!
The Chicago Connection is finally un-masked! Find out who this Pinball
Trader "Deep Throat" really was. There's a Hershey show report, a
new feature: Uncle Hoppy by Steve Hopper, and a really neat story about the
pinball promo TV spot for the MLB All Star Game. There's Technicians In
Training from Jeffrey Lawton, part two of Flipped Out by Ronald Kemenade
and a Space Jam edition of the Repair Pirate ... and much more, of course.
110, June 2005 features a lot about The Who's Tommy. First Dave Marston's
Pinball On Record sets the stage, then we cover the Rock And Roll Hall of
Fame's Tommy exhibit, then an exclusive interview with Broadway's Tommy,
Michael Cerveris, on to a report on local Tommy productions and finally a
history by John Smout called The Who, The Mods and Eel Pie. There's also
Technicians In Training by Jeffrey Lawton, inside info and prelim drawings
about Stern's The Sopranos, and the first installment of The Repair Pirate
Chronicals. There's also a Pinheads cartoon by Mark Malmberg ... and of
course much more.
106, October, 2004, has left the building … and is in the hands of
subscribers. It’s full of cool info about the new Stern game, Elvis.
Readers will hear from sound and music designer, Chris Granner, artist
Jerry Vanderstelt, and game designer Steve Ritchie. Also in this issue
there is a story on the joys of playing the ponies on Gottlieb’s Derby Day
by Bob Herbison, the inside story of the forth Pinball 2000 game, Playboy
from the people who were designing it and reports on pinball shows and
parties. There’s some tech help for EM games from Jeffrey Lawton, as well
as part two of Clay Harrell’s three part epic on Bally’s Sharpshooter gun
game. Speaking of Sharpshooter, the history of the Game Plan pin is
explained by Josh and Zach Sharpe. There’s tons more so don’t miss it.
2004. Of course the BIG news in PGJ issue #103 is that it reveals two of
the biggest secrets in pinball history: How to play the "brick
game" in Star Trek:The Next Generation and the meaning of DOHO! I kind
of went a little wild with the cover in their honor, but I like it. DOHO
discoverer, Maddes Bucher relates his quest for the truth and programmer
Dwight Sullivan provides a nice little history of his involvement in
pinball and the events leading up to the creation of the “brick game.”
There's lots of other stuff there too! On the back cover is a preview of
the new Stern game, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Federico Croci’s book
“Pinball Machines for Italy.” You’ll fine everything from Lyndon Jordon’s
visit to Norm's Nest, to a bingo story by Jeffrey Lawton, to Dave Marston’s
Pinball On Record, to a White Rose show report by Josh Kaplan, to a history
lesson by Michael Colmer! You’ll also see part 4 of the History of Pinball
by John Smout, a report on the UK Pinball Extravaganza by Graham Fairall
and Marvin Watson and, believe it or not, even MORE!
#102, (OUT OF PRINT) January 2004, features Stern's latest game, Lord Of
The Rings, with EXCLUSIVE artwork from New Line Cinema artist Jerry
Vanderstelt and a discussion with programmer Keith Johnson. Also you'll
read “It’s Better To Give” by Martin Ayub and “Seasons Cheatings” by Bob
Cratchit, a report on the California Extreme show by Edd Dicker and part
two of Clay Harrell's epic Chicagoland trip as well as tips on how to make
your own plastic pinball parts! There’s Pinball Crossword and Pingame
Guessing Game along with part three of John Smout’s History of Pinball to
round out this “preciousss” issue of the PinGame Journal.
#101 incorporates the annual Pinball Expo Souvenir Guide! On the cover are
30 different individual creamer tops that each feature a classic pin.
Inside you’ll find United's Summertime by Jeffrey Lawton, David Marston on
the Bally Recording Corp., Bruce Clark’s Clark Side Bar about a Pinball
Bar, Mark Williams' report on the 2003 Oregon Pinball Odyssey and John
Smout's History of Pinball, part two. There’s also Ask The Experts, and
part one of Clay Harrell’s epic journey to pick up his eBay bought games at
the Chicagoland show and how he fixed them up. Plus there is all kinds of
Expo info and pages on web sites to visit and books to read.
2003. The 1930s Rotor Table Games’ Confucius Say is brought to life by
Michael Sands and featured in this issue. There are updates on Steve
Ritchie and Lyman Sheats from Stern, reports on the ATEI (England) and IMA
(Germany) industry shows, Ask The Experts about Motordome, reports on the
White Rose show from Josh Kaplan and Coin-op Super Show from Russ Jensen as
well as a look at the Pinball Expo 2002 Stern Tour with details of Stern’s
new tournament system. We have Working On Wiggler by Jeffrey Lawton, The
Clark Sidebar, Norm’s Nest, Guessing Game, and a special Darker Side of
Pinball on the back cover! Round that out with reader’s letters, ads, and
some great deals on books and you have another “Play Pinball Man!” issue of
the PinGame Journal. Inclusions: Simpsons Pinball Party and Stern ToPS
1999. Cover story Williams Holliday--A Williams Bingo? by John Osborne and
1996. Cover: Bally Cypress Gardens-40 pages. Water Damage Rescue of Cypress
Gardens by Jeffrey Lawton. Creating a Pinball Gallery by Michael Sands,
1992. Cover: Bally 1969 Beauty Contest, 40 pages.
~ Somebody please call a Doctor ~
I happen to have one of these _ Autographed, smile!!
I happen to have one of these _ Autographed, smile!!
and quite a few of the pictures you’ll see in this one “are mine”
Thxs Mr. Lawton _ You Rock!!