The Last Pinball Company

April 6, 2005 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Rants | Leave a comment

BusinessWeek has an article on the last pinball manufacturer in the world. While I was enjoying the Asteroids and Battle Zones at the bowling alley (ah, another dying institution) in the late 70’s, I always played a little pinball, although I wasn’t very good. I was so bad that I still remember the only time I earned a free game in Xenon. Not the lucky free game matching the last two digits, but by racking up enough points.

The above article is also a sad reflection on American manufacturing. The CEO believes that people should have fun at work (they must have really fun lunch breaks), craftsmanship matters, jobs should be local, and business functions should be co-located under one roof. It’s good that he’s exporting product and helping reduce our trade deficit, even though his business is a mere drop in the bucket compared to outsourcing advanced technologies.

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