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Book: Jimmy Johnson's Western Companies

By JeffZee

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    Jimmy Johnson's Western Companies by Ed Gaida. Anyone ever see this book? I assume it would have something to do with coin op. I do a lot of inter library loans and I stumped them on this one. I did get Jimmy Johnson's Playland Park also by Ed Gaida. It was an interesting read and there's a bunch of info about the Phoenix (ex Rocket) roller coaster if you're a Knoebels fan.

    I first saw mention of these two books in the Pinball Magazine #5.

    #2 1 year ago

    I tried very hard to get one directly from Ed Gaida, and he wouldn't sell it. His position is that the book has been withdrawn. I didn't get a solid sense of his motivation. I had the chance to read one of the few copies that emerged, and I can say that it is useful to people who want detailed info about the games or about gray-area operating in the 1930s.

    If it's any consolation, you may be able to learn about Western from Dick Bueschel's books that cover the 1934-1940 era.
    .................David Marston

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