Screamin Scott Pinball

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.

That Time America Outlawed Pinball

On March 6, 1948, a New York City patrolman in plain clothes entered a cigar store on 106th Street in East Harlem and dropped a penny into a machine called "The Marvel Pop Up." He pulled back the game's plunger and launched a small steel ball into play.

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!

  • I'm Left-Handed - Always have been. Left is right!

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  • I wear a Size 12 Wide Shoe - Yes, I have small skateboards for feet.

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  • I'm 6 feet tall! - But I think I'm shrinking.

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  • I was born with extra sets of teeth - As a child, they took an X-ray to find I had an extra set of teeth! I've had some surgery over the years, but they have come in handy after playing hockey as a kid!

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  • I do not sing in the shower well - I've tried, and the echo doesn't help make me any better.

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  • I was married on my birthday by Arthur Penhallow - I also got married on my birthday so I would never forget the anniversary. And Arthur did a fantastic job!

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  • I have an extensive collection of rubber ducks - Yep.

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  • I have no tattoos - Yet!

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  • I once held the national record for Girl Scout Cookie eating - This comes from my time in radio in Indiana. They had an eating contest in a town outside of Ft. Wayne, and I ate 32 cookies in one minute!

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  • I have an award-winning chili recipe! - The award came at a contest at work. One year, thought I would enter the company cook off. Some say it's the best they ever tasted. It's fun to make and the secret ingredient makes it the best!

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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been rockin' the Riff airwaves for 25 years. When he's not out rockin' the streets, you can find him in his rock room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also has his very own Rock cover band called " Chit" playing all over the Metro Detroit Music scene