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When the storm blows the sea in the wind you'll wait for me

Ran another week of stuff on my humor blog without missing a day. Didn't get it on your RSS feed? You've got it on your Friends page.

Poking around the VFW Ann Arbor Pinball Museum and mostly admiring the art found there.

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Allied Leisure's 1975 Thunder Bolt! which I never did get the chance to play. This year for sure. I love the art style; it looks like the sort of slightly odd comic book superhero I'd live for.


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Scoring reels and absent backglass for Typhoon, an electromechanical that never got out of prototype. So this is roughly what lighting would have looked like; note how the ball number light (1, 4, 2, 5, 3) at the bottom is arranged so that you could set the machine for three- or five-ball play without the indicator light using the space on the screen weirdly.


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Lower playfield for Typhoon, with a sketch of what the shore map and compass rose and cool sea serpent would have looked like.


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Upper playfield for Typhoon, again with the sea serpent. I don't know how much of this is drawn from actual plans or how much is reconstructions based on what is likely. The playfield art seems likely contemporary; the cyclonic storm in that center there? ... I don't know, could be.


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They brought in a Hobbit, and it needed a bunch of setup work so while the glass was off I got this side-view snap of Smaug, who gives the game such presence.


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The backglass is a lie. That's not the Wiliams Time Warp with a blanked-out playfield. (This is what the actual table looks like.) I think I've played the game this really is, but I'm not sure what it is at this remove. Cool to see a blanked table, though.


Trivia: In 1888 Ward McCallister opined to a Tribune reporter that there were only 400 people in fashionable New York City Society. For the 1st of February, 1892, he listed society for the New York Times. It had 273 names. Source: Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, Edwin G Burrows, Mike Wallace.

Currently Reading: The Hungry World: America's Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia, Nick Cullather.

PS: Reading the Comics, March 2, 2018: Socks Edition, what is says on the tin.

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