My humor blog hasn't been as far ahead of deadline as I want, but I'm still basically happy with what I've published. And what was that? This, this past week:
- The Conference Call, last week's weird little gentle-social-commentary major piece.
- My Excuse For The Year, Apparently and another installation of ``I try to buy a calendar, and fail''.
- Statistics Saturday: Some Cities Which Have Not Hosted The Winter Olympics (Toontown content)
- What’s Going On In Mary Worth? And What Are We Going To Do With All These Muffins? November 2017 – February 2018 and the early leader for most wonderful story strip tale of the year.
- A Reflection On The Fleeting Nature Of Time
- The 22nd Talkartoon: Silly Scandals, My Second Look with more early Betty Boop.
- A Couple Of Things Found featuring ``underwear for squirrels''. Just saying.
- It's Just A State Of Mind, this week's ripped-from-the-headlines major piece.
That said, let's go back to Pinball At The Zoo, 2017 edition.
An oddity brought to the table: Bally's 1977 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, a pinball machine made for the ome market. (The title varies depending on which part of the table you look at.) There was a Captain Fantastic made for pinball halls too, with much more stuff on it. But for a home table? This is a pretty legit table for the era.
A couple of backglasses for sale, here centered on Williams's 1978 Pokerino, one of the estimated 800 godzillion card-game-themed pinball machines out there.
Well, good luck searching the Internet Pinball Database for this game's production details. (It's from Stern, in 1977.)
More backglass art, including here GamePlan's 1980 Pinball Lizard. Subject open for query: is that woman's lizard tail and scaled breast part of her body or is she wearing the hide of some earlier victim? I had taken it as she's a lizard-tailed woman, since, I mean, how would you even do a strapless outfit like that, but I suppose strapless, extremely revealing outfit is within the range of possibility for pinball backglass art.
My first look at Jersey Jack's third game, Dialed In!. A non-licensed game with a cell phone theme (seriously; one mode is Emoji Frenzy). And from Pat Lawlor's design so there's callbacks to earlier games, such as here, possibly a reference to Williams's 1990 classic Whirlwind.
A bundle of trophies! Prizes to be given to those who do well in the Pinball At The Zoo tournament. The giraffe and zebra are part of the theme; there's some like that every year.
Trivia: At the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics curling was an official, non-exhibition sport for the first time in sixty years. Source: Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, Editors John E Findling, Kimberly D Pelle.
Currently Reading: Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection, Catherine Price.
PS: Reading the Comics, February 17, 2018: Continuing Deluge Month as there's a lot of comic strips to write about these days.