- Reading the Comics, February 26, 2018: Possible Reruns Edition
- How February 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog
- Reading the Comics, March 2, 2018: Socks Edition
- Did The Greatest Generation Hosts Get As Drunk As I Expected?
- Reading the Comics, March 5, 2018: If It's Even Mathematics Edition
Also, did you wonder What's Going On In Gil Thorp? And What's Marty Moon's Problem? December 2017 - March 2018 I try to answer that in my story strip review for the week. And now let's get back to the VFW Ann Arbor Pinball Museum.
Williams's 1953 Nine Sisters, from back before everyone really agreed what a flipper was for. (To the right of the lone flipper is a rubber band with a kicker, so that side actually works as an extra, automatic, flipper). To the left of that 'Extra Special when lit' lane is actually a mechanism to kick the ball up into that weird little spiral, and from there up to the top of the playfield again. Also, those holes in the arc reading '500,000 N I N E' are gobble holes; you can catch your balls in there for 500,000 points each, at the loss of the ball for the rest of the game. In short: early flipper pinballs were really weird.
And more staff getting something or other unstuck on Farfalla, a fairyland-themed game from Italian gamemaker Zaccaria. You can play the game in simulation on a phone or tablet computer. It's a pretty good game that's gorgeous to look at.
Some more eccentricities: Class of 1812 is a goofy comic-horror themed game; Surf 'N' Safari a water park game; and World Tour and Mystery Castle tables from the short-lived Alvin G and Company, an attempt to carry on the Gottleib line after the venerable company shut down. Class of 1812 and World Tour you can play on Pinball Arcade.
Backglass details of Class of 1812 which just reinforce that the game, whose multiball includes the sounds of a chicken clucking the 1812 Overture, is kind of a weird game.
Amusement Holes. Playfield detail of the 1987 Zaccaria table Star's Phoenix which is, I guess, a bowling-and-gambling-themed table.
Looking to the back of the playfield on Star's Phoenix, with a mockup restaurant offering Sabbett Frankfurters.
Trivia: The United Kingdom's Electric Telegraph Company, incorporated 1846, charged (for 20 words) 1d per mile for the first 50 miles; ½ d for each of the second 50; ¼ d for any distance past 100 miles. Source: The Age of Paradox: A Biography of England, John W Dodds.
Currently Reading: Superman: The Golden Age Dailies, 1942 - 1944, Jerry Siegel, Whitney Ellsworth, Joe Shuster, Wayne Boring, et al. (Book) Editor Dean Mullaney. (They don't have all the artists' names available.)