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The pinball community lost one of it’s own last week.  David Taylor was an active member of the pinball community and passed away last week after a battle with cancer.  He will be missed.  RIP David.

— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —
1. Oktoberfest New Info – Special When Lit Podcast

In just 16 episodes, The Special When Lit Pinball Podcast has interviewed Steve Ritchie, Scott Danesi, Eric Meunier, Dwight Sullivan, etc.  If you haven’t yet, go LIKE these guys on Facebook!  Also make sure to check out their website and subscribe to their podcast!
This last week they interviewed Nirmal Vasani, Lead Sales and Marketing Strategist at American Pinball.  He shared some interesting information, including quite a bit on American Pinball’s upcoming pinball machine, Oktoberfest.  Below are a few of the highlights from the interview:
(Note: We’re picking up midway through a comment about when they confirmed Oktoberfest at Vancouver Flipout last month…)
Nirmal: …he [Joe Balcer] told everyone about Oktoberfest [at Vancouver Flipout], he showed a picture of the bartender who is hilarious by the way. Jeff [Busch] did a really good job of drawing him as well.
Special When Lit: Is that bartender integrated into the game then?
Nirmal: Yes, yes. He is actually one of the main characters in the game.
SWL: I wanted to talk about that picture from Vancouver too…it looked like someone placed a cell phone at a weird angle…I’ve had some conversations with some of our other colleagues about what we anticipate the playfield might look like…
Nirmal: I think was – was it This Week in Pinball or Straight Down the Middle…that posted “alright people, here’s the picture, guess what’s on it?”
SWL: I can confirm that both of those