Tonight I am joined by Edward Trapunski, author of "Special When Lit: A visual and anecdotal history of Pinball".
We discuss the creation of the book, originally published in 1979, came out at a time of great change for pinball. The industry was moving from electro-mechanical games to solid state. The book touches on a broad history of the game, a description of the appeal from social, art, and gameplay aspects, and even a peek into the future (circa 1979), which turned out to be quite prescient!
Special When Lit can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Special-When-Lit-Anecdotal-History/dp/B0038KRFRU
The other books mentioned -
Pinball! by Roger Sharpe - http://www.crowriver.com/books/bk061.htm
Tilt! Pinball machines 1931-1958 - http://www.crowriver.com/books/bk188.htm
Pinball an Illustrated History by Michael Colmer - https://www.amazon.com/Pinball-Illustrated-History-Michael-Colmer/dp/0451799666
Pinball Portfolio by Harry McKoewn - https://www.amazon.com/PINBALL-PORTFOLIO-Harry-McKeown/dp/0450031454/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Many thanks to Edward for the interview and the great book about the game we all enjoy.