Believe it or not, at one time, playing a pinball machine was illegal! Lot of states, including Michigan, in the 1940s banned playing pinball, saying it was a form of gambling.
Some local establishments did give away prizes as in gum candy cigarettes and sometimes even dishware. But it wasn’t until the ’70s that it was challenged in court and was proven to be a game of skill. But, Michigan didn’t care and didn’t lift the ban until 1972. I am glad to tell you from my own personal experience that I’ve never been arrested for playing pinball, but have been accused a lot.
Pinball is definitely turn the corner and has become popular again as arcades have increased around the United States, including here in Michigan. A couple to check out are Marvelous Marvins in Ann Arbor and a little closer, the Free Play Pinball Arcade in Frasier.
10 Things You Might Not Know About Screamin' Scott
How well do you know me? Check out the facts below and get to know your favorite nighttime personality better!
Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock.
When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity.
“CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle