October 20, 2002 |
In the late 1970s, while his peers were out surfing, Patrick "P.J." Sheehy was following a pinball machine mechanic around the El Dorado Bowl on Lincoln Boulevard near LAX. "I'd go meet him, even if it meant ditching class," Sheehy says. "I idolized those guys more than any pro baseball player."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2000 |
If everything goes right, just before noon Sunday, Mandi Martin will own the record for consecutive hours of playing pinball--or at least the most numb flipper fingers around. Martin, a Canoga Park singer and songwriter, is attempting to log 555 hours, 55 minutes and 55 seconds at a pinball machine in her home and earn a listing in the Guinness Book of Records. She began March 5, battling aliens with silver steel balls on an "Independence Day"--themed machine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1994 |
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.
January 3, 1988 |
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.
May 29, 1994 |
Some might think that a world-class rock 'n' roller like guitarist Slash of Guns N' Roses would spend the summer in sunny, nonstop debauchery. But the 28-year-old rocker says that these days, maintaining a busy work schedule is more satisfying than pursuing summer pleasures. "If I'm not working hard, I tend to get depressed," he says. "I like to work at a fast pace, and I try to avoid too much free time.
December 3, 1987 |
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, drastically revising its most ambitious and costly planetary probe for the 1990s, announced Wednesday a plan to send the much-delayed Galileo spacecraft on a six-year odyssey to Jupiter that will begin in the wrong direction.
February 1, 1996 |
There's nothing quite like a good game of pinball to soothe the soul and put the universe in its proper perspective. A crowd of friends, a couple of cold ones and just the right touch of tilt are the stuff of which memories are made. Older folks (read over 30) would hardly recognize the tables they grew up with, though. Digitized readouts, blaring music and all manner of electronic burps and buzzers have turned familiar old pinball tables into pretty sophisticated pieces of hardware.
April 27, 1994 |
When the McCallum Theatre of Palm Desert's Bob Hope Cultural Center announced that "Tommy" was coming to town, folks said, "Who?" "This year, (the McCallum) also had 'Tommy Tune,' " executive director Nancy Dolensek said this week. "So people thought that 'Tommy Tune' was back again."