Portland Pinball Machines
I too, remember the payout pinball machines. The ones
They could be beaten if you used good money
management and had excellent reflexes. Of course, not all machines could be
beaten. Some tilted too easily, and others never gave enough good shots to
The regulars knew where the good machines were and
that's where the action was. Sometimes a
tavern, sometimes a bowing alley, nightclub, or
After the city of Portland decided these pinballs
were a bad thing, they retained their popularity in outlying areas and in
other cities in Oregon and Washington.
They were a lot of fun, and I never thought they
were such an evil thing as they were portrayed to be.
You had to understand the features of the machine,
and know a good one from a bad one. If you could do that, you had a chance.
Some of the names of the machines I can recall: