Saturday, February 9, 2008

Texas Pinball Festival 2008

During the late '70s and early '80s, in addition to pumping quarters into such video games as Breakout, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Pac-Man, I played lots of pinball. My brother and I became veritable pinball wizards, racking up free games on Firepower, Hot Hand, Dolly Parton, Gorgar, and many other silver ball classics. We frequently haunted The Land of Oz and Malibu Grand Prix, the type of arcades that have now gone the way of the LP and the 8-track tape. Money was tight in those days, so we would sell our extra games for coin to play other machines (including video games).

Needless to say, I was jazzed to hear about this year's Texas Pinball Festival, an event I have attended (and thoroughly enjoyed) several times in years' past. For a nominal fee (relative to what's offered), you can play more than 120 pinball machines and arcade games, each of which will be set up on free play. If you live within two or three hours of the Dallas/Fort Worth/Grapevine area, it's easily worth the drive. For more info, click on the flier, or check out their website.

One other thing: on Saturday, March 15th, from 2-4, I'll be appearing at the convention, signing my book. If you can pull yourself away from your favorite machine, come by the table and say hi!

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