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I pulled around the back of Kenny's house in a borrowed pickup truck. Kenny's silver hair was greased and perfectly combed back. He'd had a stroke a few years ago, so one arm didn't work and the other was constantly tending a cigarette that hung out of his mouth. His speech was a little off, which made his thick southern accent even harder to understand. Several sheds, barns and outbuildings showed Kenny to be a packrat and a grease monkey. He walked me over and revealed what I was here for: A 1977 Bally Eight Ball pinball machine.
I had never been very interested in pinball. I liked playing it in bars in college when it was » Read the full story...
"Lord of the Rings initially started without a Balrog toy. George Gomez had the idea of having a cave wall toy swing open, and move to the side upon ball hits. The cave wall would reveal a cave troll inside, to which players would bash for points. The idea was scrapped."