2020 Show Updates

Adam Ruben: Pinball – From Controversy to Glory

Pinball’s past is fraught with controversy, starting with citywide bans in the 1930’s and ’40’s (to the point where the mayor of New York smashed them in the street with a sledgehammer), to its re-legalization decades later, to its supremacy in the ’80’s and ’90’s, to how it almost disappeared from the face of the earth at the end of the millennium. The most interesting time in the history of pinball might actually be right now – the game is more popular than it’s been in a quarter century. This talk will examine the rocky road pinball has traveled and the unlikely reasons that, in an era when everyone carries unlimited video games on a glass rectangle in their pocket, a 250-pound behemoth of plywood, plastic, and steel is somehow growing in popularity.