KOKOMO - On top of a pinball machine at American Dream Hi-Fi, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight on Tuesday signed into law an ordinance reversing a 61-year-old ban on pinball in the city.
Joined by numerous city officials, Goodnight took a light-hearted approach to the situation, even referencing the song “Pinball Wizard” by The Who.
“This is pretty ironic. As we look back, I was reflecting that ever since I was a young boy, I played the silver ball. From Southway up to Morgan Street, I think I played them all,” he said.
“For us to now eliminate this ordinance and bring pinball back to its popular stature here in Kokomo, we think this is nice.”
Goodnight then asked Kokomo Police Chief Rob Baker, who was reportedly the only person that could be found in City Hall who had not violated the ban, to play the first legal game of pinball since 1955.
As Baker struggled with the machine, American Dream Hi-Fi owner Mike Wilson joked about the shock of learning that, while he’s been legally selling alcohol in his record store, he had been illegally supplying free pinball games.
Wilson said that the two pinball machines in his store – a Wonder Wizard CB Charlie and a Flying Aces – were created for home use during the height of pinball popularity in the 1960s and 1970s.