The first player to . . .

Let me add one more note. Lee had high score on Playboy, I had it on Lizard, but Dallas had the high score on 3 of the 20 games used. He only needed one to make the playoffs; 2 guys got in with #2 scores.


@zEn could probably be credited for a few things. Meditation balls, pre-plunge calesthenics, and headbandery?

Rosa was the first person I’ve seen peer into the side of a playfield to try and see a tilt Bob swing. I still have not been able to do this no matter how hard I squint or how many carrots I’ve eaten that morning.


Thank you, Lee. That’s the kind of shit i LOVE reading!

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How was it decided which 2 of the 3?

I believe Dallas had choice of which counted for him, but I’m not 100% certain.

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First and only to trap up and spit brown stuff into a coke bottle?

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I had a small one that I brought by but only remembered to use a few times. Appreciated it when I came by a sweaty machine and when I knew I had been sweating.

What a great story. I spent some time last year and the year reading a lot on pinball in the 70s and early 80s and saw a great number of newspaper articles about Dallas and those early competitions you and he played in. It’s really interesting to hear some of this first-hand.

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I am able to see them on occasion. Wonka I can see clearly.

I’ve seen Andy Burton from Seattle rock a cape.


Loved this, thank you for sharing!

@pinwizj would love to this see this part of the IFPA site developed with more pioneers added, you know, at some point when you guys aren’t crazy busy! I’m particularly interested in the history and characters of competitive pinball.


We rely on volunteers who can speak with more authority as to the Pioneer in question. The Dallas Overturf piece was written by his sister.

Bring it on if anyone has Pioneers to add to this section of our site!


I think there might be at least one pioneer you can speak with some authority on. lol

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For that matter, you may be the first player I’ve seen where a tri-corner hat and pirate blouse (insert whatever the proper term is).

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Couple of notes from Pinball Wizardry, published in 1979, based on techniques observed in the late 1970’s leading up to the publication date. The Tap Pass is mentioned on page 71; either somebody saw you guys use it or somebody else starting doing it about the same time. Shatzing is referred to as the “Tip Flip” [also p. 71]. What we now refer to as the “post pass” was called the Bumper Pass in the book [p. 69].


Neil won’t hesitate to tell people that he didn’t invent Shatzing the inlanes. He saw someone else do it first, although I don’t recall who. He’s happy to have a move named after him, but far too humble to take credit.

If he’s playing an older Bally for fun, he will check the flippers very early. Like stealing candy from a baby.

As I wrote in my Classics Guide, it’s called Shatzing because he was the best at it, and we all knew it.

Also the Coffin Drop

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You’re a funny guy. eloel