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November 18, 2004 | Nikki Usher, Times Staff Writer
The converted auto showroom is silent as about 60 people hunch over rows of miniature pinball machines, carefully aiming the plungers as small silver balls roll along the wooden boards. When they look up, it's to eye the bingo card signs above each machine. Three minutes later, a bell rings. At the back of the room, a woman screams, "Yes!" and others in the room groan audibly.
March 23, 2000
If everything goes right, just before noon Sunday, Mandi Martin will own the record for consecutive hours spent playing pinball--or at least the numbest flipper fingers around. Martin, a singer and songwriter, is attempting to log 555 hours, 55 minutes and 55 seconds at a pinball machine in her home, and thus earn a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. She began March 5--battling aliens with silver steel balls.
July 24, 1997 | SUSAN CARPENTER
If Elton John is pinball's wizard, Michael Brown is its queen. A gay 36-year-old artist from San Francisco, Brown is the creator of Go Girl!, a pinball machine with a homosexual theme. The winner of the custom game competition at the Pinball Fantasy '97 convention in Las Vegas last weekend, Brown has given pinball a face lift with his use of wigs, makeup and campy commentary. To begin the game, one must step into Brown's shoes--a pair of red metal stilettos welded to the machine's platform.
January 3, 1988 | YOSHIKAZU IINO, Reuters
Japanese pinball, or pachinko, is a national passion, and devotees cram into crowded, noisy parlors just to watch ball bearings flash, more than one a second, past their eyes. The game is also big business and makes parlor owners enormous sums of money--by some estimates, the equivalent of 3% of Japan's total gross national product is spent on pachinko. Grateful owners reciprocate by awarding selected players the Pachinko Culture Award.
March 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For those who want to spend more time than money in Las Vegas, here are 21 things to do for less than $21, all aimed at keeping the bottom line low and the fun factor high. 1. Springs Preserve. Forsake the fake pyramid and fake Statue of Liberty for a power walk through the real Vegas: 110 acres of pre-Bugsy Siegel desert. There are miles of cactus-filled trails, botanic gardens and a museum that pays tribute to the city's Mojave Desert roots. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Tommy, can you sell me? Buoyed by a clutch of Tonys and an ocean of hype, "The Who's Tommy" has been raking in an estimated $600,000 a week at Broadway's St. James Theater. And while the musical has yet to recoup its $6-million capitalization, a growing school of pilot fish is already thrashing expectantly in the show's wake.
August 13, 1994 | ED BOND
Malibu Grand Prix, where kids rode miniature race cars and businessmen slapped pinball machines on their lunch hour for more than 20 years, closes for good Sunday after losing its lease. "I can't believe that!" said Andrew Caspary of Hidden Hills, after finishing his last go-cart ride. "It's terrible. I always look forward to coming here." Officials of Malibu Grand Prix Corp., which runs 30 amusement centers across the country, said this week the company lost its lease on the Northridge site.
October 22, 1993
Jenna Hubbard, 8, of Colfax, Wis., plays "Hungry, Hungry Hippos" game at the trade show. Makers and owners of video games, pinball machines, kiddie rides, compact-disc jukeboxes and other coin-operated amusements are holding their annual meeting this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is the 40th year of the convention, which is organized by the Amusement & Music Operators Assn., based in Chicago. New this year: several virtual reality games.
July 10, 2008 | Pauline OConnor
TUCKED away in the Hollywood Hills between Griffith Park and Lake Hollywood is the scenic enclave of Beachwood Canyon. Home to more than 22,000 residents, it was first developed in the 1920s by a syndicate composed of Gen. M. H. Sherman, the founder of West Hollywood; Los Angeles Times publisher Harry Chandler; and real estate mogul Sidney Woodruff. Its architecture and landscaping drew inspiration from the southern regions of France, Italy and Spain.
September 21, 1993 | MIMI KO
The City Council has renewed entertainment permits for two businesses that had been monitored by police for several months. Police reviewed four calls for service at B & E Saloon between May and September and five calls at La Habra 300 Bowl between June and September and recommended that the entertainment permits for both establishments be renewed.
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