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meu2
17-08-10, 09:44
Apparently Pinball has been banned in the New York town of Beacon due to its connection to organised crime. You would have thought we would be beyond this by now.

http://www.examiner.com/game-news-in-national/new-york-town-bans-pinball-shuts-down-arcade-2

teknohed
17-08-10, 05:46
Apparently Pinball has been banned in the New York town of Beacon due to its connection to organised crime. You would have thought we would be beyond this by now.

http://www.examiner.com/game-news-in-national/new-york-town-bans-pinball-shuts-down-arcade-2

I read that too and just slapped my forehead. Looks like they were enforcing a decades old, out of date law. The guys that run that place must be so frustrated. Probably going to turn them into libertarians.

RetroPom
17-08-10, 09:25
Hi,

That's certainly a step back in time!

Also ridiculous in an age where it difficult to even find a pin table!

The history of Bally and it's links to organised crime is interesting though.

"... In an ironic and abrupt circumstance, William T. O'Donnell's reputation--and position as chairman of the Bally Manufacturing Corporation--was called into question. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal of August 13, 1980, New Jersey legislation required that key executives and any persons holding substantial stocks in a casino corporation be "investigated and found qualified to hold a casino license before the company can be licensed."

"Bally's Park Place opened under a temporary license, on the condition that O'Donnell resign while the New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division investigated his alleged former association with crime figures."

I also remember hearing a Topcast interview saying that there was a fair amount of cocaine floating around in Bally in the late '70s.