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With Jon Norris
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Jon Norris is a pinball designer, currently working for deeproot Pinball.

Around the Playfield with Jon Norris
The Start Button: How did you first get into pinball?
My first job was working at a bicycle shop that had a candy machine and a pinball machine. The game was Sweethearts, priced at 10 cents per play. At first, I just played a few games per week, but I eventually found myself going to bowling alleys and the local miniature golf course to play pinball. I even remember the operator installing a brand new Rogo in the bowling alley. This was the first time I ever saw a brand new machine.
The Plunge: What was the first pinball machine you bought?
The bike shop owner decided that we were putting too much money into the pinball machine, so he bought a Gulfstream (I later bought that game from him). The year would have been 1974 or 1975.
The Skill Shot: What is your best pinball achievement or favorite pinball moment?
Achievement, Inventing Mode Based Games.
Moment, At the Stan Harris Auction, Dick Buschell told me that a game I had just won an auction bid on was Stan’s favorite game. (The auction was a 2 day affair in 1995 that had 100s of games and vending machines, Stan Harris was a well-known game & vending operator)
Good Shots, Bad Bounces: What is your favorite and least favorite pinball machine?
Least Favorite- Any Multi-Player game made prior to 3″ flippers (with a couple of exceptions such as Scuba).
Most Favorite Wood rail- Straight Shooter
Most Favorite Metal rail EM- Slick Chick
Most Favorite EM (w/ 3″ Flippers)- King Pin (GTB)
Most Favorite Early SS- Eight Ball Deluxe
Most Favorite Modern (made within

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