Indiana community lifts 60-year-old ban on pinball

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Posted: Dec 14, 2016 4:12 PM

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Deaf and blind, it wasn't. But an Indiana community felt its 60-year-old ban on pinball was dumb.

Surrounded by city officials at a local record shop on Tuesday, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight signed an ordinance resting on pinball machine lifting the city's ban on the game, the Kokomo Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2hwyIj3 ). He couldn't resist making a reference to The Who's 1969 hit, "Pinball Wizard."

"This is pretty ironic. As we look back, I was reflecting that ever since I was a young boy, I played the silver ball. From Southway up to Morgan Street, I think I played them all," Goodnight said.

The mayor said he and city officials are pleased to "bring pinball back to its popular stature here in Kokomo," and he invited the police chief, Rob Baker, to play the first legal game of pinball in the city since 1955.

Mike Wilson, who owns the record store, American Dream Hi-Fi, said he was shocked to learn that while he's been legally selling alcohol in his shop, he's been illegally supplying free pinball games.

According to Wilson, his two pinball machines, Wizard CB Charlie and a Flying Aces, were created for home use at the peak of pinball popularity in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Information from: Kokomo Tribune, http://www.ktonline.com