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(Topic ID: 170401)

Roger Sharpe, Footage of the day he saved pinball?


By Mottwally

4 years ago



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  • Latest reply 4 years ago by xTheBlackKnightx
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    #1 4 years ago

    A topic popped up in the pinball subreddit asking about finding the film taken on the day Roger Sharpe played for the city council to prove pinball is a game of skill.

    In this pic there is a camera hopefully filming the action.

    Does anyone have, or know where this footage is?

    Would be neat to see, and a shame if lost.

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    #2 4 years ago

    Can you tell if that's a movie camera or still camera? I don't know my cameras.

    #3 4 years ago
    Quoted from dmbjunky:

    Can you tell if that's a movie camera or still camera? I don't know my cameras.

    It does look very much like one of these cameras, which were around at the time and typically used for documentary film making.

    http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/collection/cinematography/motionpictureequipment/collectionitem?id=1997-5022/1

    #4 4 years ago

    What game was it again that he played famously? Thanks!

    #5 4 years ago

    If I could guess maybe it was the local news station. You would have to track what news stations were around at that time and see where they are at today. What was the date?

    #6 4 years ago
    Quoted from Otaku:

    What game was it again that he played famously? Thanks!

    Gottlieb bank shot. He was supposed to play el dorado, but they though it was tampered with.

    #7 4 years ago

    Maybe it was filmed court evidence?

    #9 4 years ago
    Quoted from dmbjunky:

    Can you tell if that's a movie camera or still camera? I don't know my cameras.

    Movie camera. The wrap around eye piece and shoulder mount were only used with movie cameras. You can also see the large gray film can on top.

    #10 4 years ago

    The followup Roger Sharpe (and son) interview and explanation video from 1990 (NBC) and 2008 (private).
    Perhaps even Roger (who has an account here) will chime in himself.

    #11 4 years ago

    In case anyone wants to see the man in person... Friday Oct 21st in Madison.

    http://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/program-guide.wsf?e=107

    Madison Pinball is also partnering for this event and will likely have a pin or 2 available (possibly even one Roger can make his shot on just like back in the day).
    www.madisonpinball.com

    #12 4 years ago

    Awesome! I missed this one.

    #13 4 years ago

    This is probably a stretch, but I wonder if that exact Bank Shot still exists. Makes you wonder!

    #14 4 years ago
    Quoted from Otaku:

    This is probably a stretch, but I wonder if that exact Bank Shot still exists. Makes you wonder!

    Considering only a little over 700 were made back in 1976, and the short lifespan of many EMs after the 1978-79 "purge" into the early SS era, it is a stretch. Someone would have to pipe up the S/N, if the game was "saved" by an operator in New York. Steve Epstein might know the answer, but this time the answer is most likely lost to history.

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