For interest regarding Thaddeus Zalewski history:
Ted Zale - "A Master of Pinball Innovation"
The final layout transcript of MY PINBALL BOOK has begun.
A book that through my efforts that is almost 25 years in the making!
Some may not have realized this book was under authorship. It documents the designs and development of Ted Zale's electromechanical (EM) "zipper flipper" games from 1966-1973 and personal history that details his significant contributions to pinball, along with providing something truly lasting for reference to the industry and hobby. This book ONLY focuses on his zipper flipper games (including exported models), not all credited games he designed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
ESTIMATED RELEASE DATE (ERD): 12 months until publication (late 2018)
BOOK PUBLISHER: Schiffer Books for Collectors
CAN A PERSON PREORDER?: I do not believe in preorders. The book will be commercially for sale, including Amazon, and most likely pinball parts retailers. An sample review and assessment will be available to evaluate the book.
BOOK SIZE: This book will be hardcover and the same size as "Bally: The World's Game Maker" by Christian Marfels (6 x 9 1/2"). A digital version has not been determined at the present time.
BASE CONTENT: Much of the base writing is already done. Preface, Bally background, Ted Zale biography with photos, one chapter dedicated to each "zipper flipper" game with footnotes/references, and index. There will be 22 book chapters, roughly 250 pages (150 pages (print), 100 pages (photos, color and grayscale)). Each game chapter includes the flyers, press releases, trade magazine ads, articles export versions, and NEW photos of ALL the games, cabinets, playfields, and backglasses. Some games are VERY RARE now. It will be one of the most complete books on Ted Zale designs ever written.
Presently, the "lynchpin" is high quality photos of the game titles. I own 13 of the 19 Ted Zale "zipper flipper" games (including export titles, otherwise the number drops to 17), and missing SIX (or FOUR), so I have to get them from other sources externally, or acquire the games. I also prefer to take the photos myself of RESTORED games. I always appreciate assistance on acquisition (and photos) of these direct games, especially JOKER (Bally, 1968) which never had a flyer created because the title never made it into mass production. Those that are friends of mine have already see some of my restoration work here on Facebook. I will be conducting additional interviews with his grandchildren, as Ted Zale passed on over 40 years ago (1977) to get some additional coin operated history of his experiences prior to working at Bally.