Monday, October 1, 2012
Pinball in Space - A Tribute to Steve Kordek
A few years ago I finally secured the hardest one to get, completing my collection, from a barn. With only 700 of Friendship 7 ever made (and it being common practice to destroy or repurpose machines) it took years to find one in good shape. I had only seen a couple in person and one for sale on line. She didn't work - but of course, I got her up and running! You can see a gallery of space related pinball machines on my space pinball page here.
Below, is a picture of Kordek in his office as he shows some of the reference material that he used for the Space Mission/Space Odyssey machine.
Article about his death.
Great photos with audio recordings of his Pinball Expo appearances.
1994 video of Steve... still in the Williams factory.
Video of his 100th Birthday.
There is a tribute page on Facebook - I will link this blog post there so his family will know how much I appreciated him!
And get this... during WWII many of the Genco cabinets were made from excess birch panels from Howard Hughes' H-4 Spruce Goose!