Date: 24th - 28th October 2007
Location: Wyndham O'Hare, 6810N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Chicago, USA. 60018

Saturday has now become established as the third day of seminars at Pinball Expo. Where previously only the occasional talk would be lined-up, there is now a regular schedule of seminars. This year they began with a talk about playfield printing in Canada.

Direct Ink Playfields - John Greatwich

At 9:30am, John started Saturday's seminars with a talk about the progress he has been making in re-printing worn playfields. The process includes simple repairs, ink jet printing of the playfield followed by a several layers of clearcoat to seal the paint. He brought from his Halifax, Nova Scotia home examples of a Space Shuttle and different stages of a Sorcerer playfield to show his progress so far.

Listen to John's seminar by clicking here
MP3, 44min, 16MB

After John came a seminar by Albert Medaillon from Germany who produces a range of LEDs for pinball machines.

Development of Hyper-Bright Pinball LED Lamps - Albert Medaillon

LEDs in pinball machines are very popular right now but many people find their appearance unnatural, so Albert described his range of LED products of various colours and fittings. He explained about the complete game kits he sells and how different colours and styles can be used to create novel lighting effects both above and below the playfield.

Listen to Albert's seminar by clicking here
MP3, 14min, 5MB

Reminiscing with Steve & Al & Wayne

This seminar was billed as featuring Steve Kordek, Alvin Gottlieb and Wayne Nyens.

Sadly, due to a family illness, Wayne could not be at Expo but Steve and Alvin were there, joined by Alvin's son Michael. They talked briefly bout some of their experiences in the pinball business and some of the people they met, worked with and helped throughout their many combined years creating pinball machines

Listen to Steve, Al and Michael's seminar by clicking here
MP3, 73min, 26MB

After Steve, Al and Michael came a seminar rescheduled from Friday lunchtime.

Collecting Rock & Roll Themed Pinball Machines - Mike Fogarty

Mike has only been collecting machines for two years but has already amassed a sizeable stable of music-themed pinballs.

In his seminar, Mike spoke about each of the machines, from Beat Time, through Heavy Metal Meltdown and Kiss to Guns 'N Roses, explaining what he liked about each one, where their assorted weaknesses lay and which machines he hopes to pick up in the near future to build his collection even further.

Listen to Mike's seminar by clicking here
MP3, 34min, 19MB


One of the regular features of Pinball Expo is the Art Contest which regularly brings some fascinating pinball-related objects to be judged.

The first prize for 2007 went to a pencil drawing entitled Pinball Anarchy.

Subtitled "After years of fighting obsolescence, the pinball worlds have turned on each other..." the drawing shows characters and toys from classic pinball games attacking their counterparts. The formal presentation of the winner's award would be made at tonight's banquet. Speaking of which...

Pinball Expo Banquet

The Saturday night banquet has improved greatly over the past few years, getting punchier and better value for all concerned.

The evening began with a charity auction to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

A Tilt! DVD goes under the hammer

Goods auctioned ranged from a set of pinballs, a DVD, some Big Bang Bar artwork and a pinball price guide through to the two highest-priced items - a Centipede video cabinet and an illuminated, signed Spider-Man translite which fetched $400 and $325 respectively.

After the buffet meal, the guest speaker for the banquet gave his talk to the audience. John Osborne is well know as the designer of games such as Haunted House and Pro-Football.

Banquet speaker John Osborne

He talked about the hugely creative environment he found when he joined Gottlieb and how he that creativity worked when designing games with the likes of Ed Krynski and Gordon Morison.

Listen to John's banquet speech by clicking here
MP3, 22min, 8MB

After his speech, John was presented with an award both for being the banquet speaker and for fixing Rob Berk's game on the show floor.

PinBrawl joint organiser Josh Sharpe then came to the podium to announce how Pinbrawl for 2007 was dedicated to veteran game designer Norm Clark.

Norm Clark

Norm was a prolific designer for Williams during the 1960s and 1970s, creating such games as Gulfstream, Bow & Arrow and Dealers Choice.

As reported yesterday, Alvin Gottlieb had already been inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall Of Fame and today it was time for two more induction presentations. The first was a posthumous induction for the three Gensburg brothers who founded pinball manufacturer Genco. Dave, Lou and Meyer Gensburg set up their game business in Chicago in the early 1930s, employing Harvey Heiss and Steve Kordek, and it was Steve who read the induction citation on the plaque.

Steve Kordek reads the citation for the Gensburg brothers

The third induction ceremony saw a well known pinball artist join the Pinball Expo Hall Of Fame. Pat Lawlor stepped up to the podium to describe the works and career of John Youssi. John designed the art for many modern pinball machines and worked extensively with Pat on most of his games from Whirlwind all the way through to NASCAR. Pat told how John was first selected by Williams after seeing his previous work and how he has designed many other artwork we may see in our daily lives.

John Youssi receives his induction plaque from Pat and Rob

Awards also went to Marco Specialties for the best vendor's stand of the show, Gary Stern for the factory tour and the tournament games, Fred Young for organising the entertainment, Josh Sharpe and John Kosmal for the tournaments, Jim Schelberg and Martin Ayub for audio/video help during the seminars, Charlie for helping with the auction and Roger Sharpe for helping with the seminars.

With those awards given, the banquet came to a speedy conclusion and the main show hall re-opened for the remainder of the night and into Sunday morning.

Sunday will see the conclusion of the individual tournament and we'll be there to bring you the results and show you the winners.

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