February 18, 2009

Pinball Wizards

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As I dug further into the negatives tonight, I was looking for something that would be one of those quintessential 1970s photos – plaid pants, long hair, and perhaps some old computers. I found those shots and scanned them in immediately. But, as I was looking for a Sun article to go along with them, I came across the following:

“Bzzt, Boink, Brrring!”

Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued. I thought, “Wow, the computer must have really screwed up in scanning in that article!” So I clicked through. It was an article on pinball. Ahhh well that makes more sense! I’d come across a few strips of negatives labeled PINBALL earlier, but I skipped right over them. I didn’t think much of it. I was obviously quite wrong. Pinball, according to this article, was a huge deal. We had three game rooms with pinball machines!

I have to admit, I was slightly jealous when I stumbled upon these photos. Why can’t we have pinball machines in Willard Straight?! Or a game room of any sort, for that matter? I guess it was to prevent the crumbling of the moral foundations of the most upright American Youth.

Work Hard, Play HardWork Hard, Play Hard – February 4, 1974: Students play pinball in the old Straight Game Room. Photographer unknown.

Intense FocusIntense Focus – February 4, 1974: – The Straight Game Room, which overlooked the Cornell Store, included an array of pinball machines and billiard tables. Photographer unknown.

Study BreaksStudy Breaks – February 4, 1974:Pinball machines were installed in each of the three game rooms on campus – Willard Straight, the former Noyes Center and the North Campus Union. Photographer unknown.

If you’re interested in learning more about our archiving project, Jenn can be reached via email at jvargas@cornellsun.com.