A highlight of Pinball Expo '88 was the tour of the Williams Electronics pinball machine factory. We watched metal parts fabrication, playfield construction, component wiring, cabinet assembly, final testing, and crating for shipment. The two dozen photos that accompany this story show how raw materials were transformed into Williams Taxi pinball machines.
The Free State Pinball Association awards miniature pinball machine trophies to league winners. Their trophies include many details such as flipper buttons and coin doors, but they have no leg levelers. I designed leg levelers for my trophy and 3D printed them at a local maker space.
The Free State Pinball Association held its 10th Annual Fairfax Pinball Open tournament on February 22-24, 2013 at a new location: the Best Western Fairfax in Fairfax City, Virginia. Thanks to widespread publicity and meticulous planning, the new venue allowed more people to enjoy more games than in previous years.
The Free State Pinball Association sponsors pinball leagues near Baltimore and Washington, DC. I joined their Spring 2012 league in Fairfax, Virginia to play competitively for the first time. I didn't qualify to compete for a trophy, but I had fun and learned a lot about playing pinball.
Hundreds of visitors played pinball on opening day at the National Building Museum's new location in Baltimore. The new location offers a little more space to play pinball and a little less space for historical displays. The crowd was very enthusiastic, with many people staying all day.
Volunteers and staff worked feverishly at the National Pinball Museum to prepare hundreds of pinball games and rooms full of historic exhibits for a forced move out of their leased space in Washington, DC. More than half the games were ready to go just five days after the museum closed to the public.