Pinball Expo '88
Williams manufactured its own flipper assemblies, relay brackets, score reel frames, tilt mechanisms, and many other parts in the metalworking section of its factory.
We watched as workers positioned large, flat sheets of steel under a power shear. The first cuts reduced the large sheet into long strips. Later, the strips were cut into small pieces from which parts were shaped.
On October 7, 1988, with help from the Data East team, the Pinball Expo '88 audience designed Olympiad Pinball by consensus. Data East chief designer Joe Kaminkow led the design seminar to demonstrate the myriad decisions that lead to a successful pinball machine design.
Williams Electronics brought their recent Banzai Run pinball machine to Pinball Expo '88. As a rare treat, they also brought their playable, whitewood, prototype Wreck'n Ball pinball. Pinball wizards lined up to play Banzai Run and Wreck'n Ball throughout the Pinball Expo '88 weekend, October 7-9, 1988 in Rosemont, Illinois.