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The most unexpected Stern factory tour ever. George Gomez RULES

By enjoyvelvet

72 days ago


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#1 72 days ago

This is a pretty unbelievable story. My family and I have been out in the Midwest in our RV over the past two weeks while I completed RAGBRAI (a 454 mile ride across Iowa over 7 days). On our way back home to MD we drove through Chicago and I of course wanted to snap a couple of pictures at the Stern factory. Keep in mind this is a Sunday and the factory is closed. Well while we are parked in their lot, George Gomez just happened to be sitting in his car getting ready to leave after working on an upcoming pin (sorry, wish I knew!). He waved and asked if we were lost and I explained that I was simply taking some photos as I was a fan and owned a couple of Sterns. George took it upon himself to ask if our family would like to check out the factory…on a SUNDAY…on his own personal time. It turned out to be the luckiest day ever because we were able to be safe (all vaxxed) and no employees were in the building. So yea, we got an hour long personal tour of the factory and areas I assume no one else had seen (I saw Gary’s office!) personally escorted by the legend himself, George Gomez. I wasn’t able to take any video or photos out of courtesy except for a couple for personal use but I am able to share our group photo. George was beyond kind to my family and it is certainly an experience I will never forget. Thank you George!!! An even bigger fan!!!! Continue to support Stern because seeing the amount of detail that goes into the process gave me a whole new appreciation for the company.

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#2 72 days ago
Quoted from enjoyvelvet:

This is a pretty unbelievable story. My family and I have been out in the Midwest in our RV over the past two weeks while I completed RAGBRAI (a 454 mile ride across Iowa over 7 days). On our way back home to MD we drove through Chicago and I of course wanted to snap a couple of pictures at the Stern factory. Keep in mind this is a Sunday and the factory is closed. Well while we are parked in their lot, George Gomez just happened to be sitting in his car getting ready to leave after working on an upcoming pin (sorry, wish I knew!). He waved and asked if we were lost and I explained that I was simply taking some photos as I was a fan and owned a couple of Sterns. George took it upon himself to ask if our family would like to check out the factory…on a SUNDAY…on his own personal time. It turned out to be the luckiest day ever because we were able to be safe (all vaxxed) and no employees were in the building. So yea, we got an hour long personal tour of the factory and areas I assume no one else had seen (I saw Gary’s office!) personally escorted by the legend himself, George Gomez. I wasn’t able to take any video or photos out of courtesy except for a couple for personal use but I am able to share our group photo. George was beyond kind to my family and it is certainly an experience I will never forget. Thank you George!!! An even bigger fan!!!! Continue to support Stern because seeing the amount of detail that goes into the process gave me a whole new appreciation for the company.
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WOW look at those stacks of playfields!!!

That’s awesome, Gomez continues to be a legendary dude

Wait a second... new pin will be a Gomez game confirmed?!?

#3 72 days ago

Wow thats a great story, right place at the right time.

#4 72 days ago

Good to hear a positive spin every now and then. Lucky you!!

#5 72 days ago

He is a nice fella. Still got the flier you signed for me George!

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#6 72 days ago

Lookin' good at 66, George! Pinball keeps you young.

#7 72 days ago

Amazing story. Nice when a legend in the industry is a great guy as well.

#8 72 days ago

Frickin Awesome!!

#9 72 days ago

Great story. Thank you for sharing. So many good people in pinball.

#10 72 days ago

George is a great dude. Talked to him a few times at Expo and he has always been very gracious. Gary as well.....

#11 72 days ago

George looks so youthful for his age. I hope he sticks around a long time.

#12 72 days ago

Thanks for sharing! Sometimes it's important to remember that actual real people work for/in these companies. George seems like a great guy. I would love to see another Gomez designed game.

#13 72 days ago

Wow! Super cool!

#14 72 days ago

George rules, great story!

#15 72 days ago

As Morticia said in TAF: GOMEZ! George Gomez is a legend for a reason in this industry.

#16 72 days ago
Quoted from KozMckPinball:

George Gomez is a legend for a reason.

Spy Hunter one of my all time favorite video games.

#17 72 days ago

This same exact thing happened to my family and me with the ICE (Innovative Concepts in Entertainment) factory tour we got back in April. We got to see the Super Chexx production and all of the redemption machines, even stuff in development and all the workstations and labs, and their in-house arcade, all on-the-spur-of-the-moment. Drew and Josh Krouse at ICE are in the same category as George Gomez in this manner for sure. Our kids were just as psyched as that picture shows.

#18 72 days ago

George is someone I respect a lot. He has a rich work history and has an amazing eye for design.

You were indeed very lucky.

#19 72 days ago

i have had nothing but positive, albeit limited, experiences with GG. In the few times I have seen him at shows, he's always taken a few minutes to chat with me. A true ambassador of the industry. He's probably my favorite designer too.

#20 72 days ago

Great opportunity!

#21 72 days ago

What a great story! Gomez clearly loves his job.

#22 72 days ago

That's great. Gomez seems like a class act all the way. Stories like this remind me why I still enjoy this hobby.

#23 72 days ago

Kudos George!

I hope you got him to sign something for you... just so you have some 'art' to keep

#24 72 days ago

Wow 84 thumbs up in three hours; that has to be a record of some kind.

What an awesome day and story. Congrats! George seems to be a great guy in interviews and from second hand stories I have heard over the years. I would love to meet him some time.

#25 72 days ago

George is the best guy and best designer!

And Deadpool Premium is the best game ever made!!!

#26 72 days ago

If you ever watch his interviews in the documentary Tilt, you can tell he truly loves pinball, it isn't just a job to him, not by a long shot. And yes, also heard he's a very nice guy. And Deadpool is a Masterpiece of Fun.

#27 72 days ago

What an awesome story. Very cool.

On a side note, any chance you saw my JP premium on the line?

#28 72 days ago

Very cool story!

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#30 72 days ago

that's so awesome! his interviews on SAPS and others are endlessly interesting. Particularly about his days at Marvin Glass. I don't know if anything has inspired me as much as those stories. I have an enormous amount of respect for him.

#31 72 days ago
Quoted from Only_Pinball:

What an awesome story. Very cool.
On a side note, any chance you saw my JP premium on the line?

They had mostly Mandolorians and Anvengers on the line. I did see some JP Dino toys but didn’t see it on the line!!

#32 72 days ago
Quoted from enjoyvelvet:

They had mostly Mandolorians and Anvengers on the line. I did see some JP Dino toys but didn’t see it on the line!!

Did you notice any Deloreon time machines ?

#33 72 days ago
Quoted from mrclean:

Did you notice any Deloreon time machines ?

Dude I wish. I mentioned to George about how I would love to see a BTTF machine but he completely ignored my comment. What I thought was really cool is they have a large area that has mechanical parts running 24/7 until they fail to test them. That was the only sound in the entire factory. Really eerie. George had to turn the alarm off when he let us into the building. It was as empty as could be. We came to one room off the main factory floor and he closed the door real quick and said “oops can’t look in there!”

#34 72 days ago

Everytime I've spoken to George at a show he's been nothing but respectful and engaging.

Great ambassador for the game.

#35 72 days ago
Quoted from enjoyvelvet:

They had mostly Mandolorians and Anvengers on the line. I did see some JP Dino toys but didn’t see it on the line!!

That's a start I guess! Thanks for the intel

#36 72 days ago

Unexpected and totally awesome. It doesn’t get any better than that. Kudos to George, working the weekend, on his way out and heads right back in.

#37 72 days ago

Jesus, he’s 66? He looks like he’s in his 40s at the most.

I guess doing what you love keeps you young.

#38 72 days ago

George is also my favorite designer. I know he oversees design and has his hands on everything but if he doesn't do another lead design I'll be very sad.

#39 72 days ago

Fucking A great story and the pic
is awesome with your boys.
Special Day!!

#40 72 days ago

Great story.
Truely great guy.
And yeah, he looks marvelous

#41 72 days ago

Awesome

#42 72 days ago

You were Clark Griswald at Wally World!!! Awesome story!

#43 72 days ago

Fantastic story and great picture!

#44 72 days ago

Two thumbs up!!

#45 72 days ago

If anyone ever gets to spend some time with George. You'll find him to be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

LTG : )

#46 72 days ago
Quoted from enjoyvelvet:

This is a pretty unbelievable story. My family and I have been out in the Midwest in our RV over the past two weeks while I completed RAGBRAI (a 454 mile ride across Iowa over 7 days). On our way back home to MD we drove through Chicago and I of course wanted to snap a couple of pictures at the Stern factory. Keep in mind this is a Sunday and the factory is closed. Well while we are parked in their lot, George Gomez just happened to be sitting in his car getting ready to leave after working on an upcoming pin (sorry, wish I knew!). He waved and asked if we were lost and I explained that I was simply taking some photos as I was a fan and owned a couple of Sterns. George took it upon himself to ask if our family would like to check out the factory…on a SUNDAY…on his own personal time. It turned out to be the luckiest day ever because we were able to be safe (all vaxxed) and no employees were in the building. So yea, we got an hour long personal tour of the factory and areas I assume no one else had seen (I saw Gary’s office!) personally escorted by the legend himself, George Gomez. I wasn’t able to take any video or photos out of courtesy except for a couple for personal use but I am able to share our group photo. George was beyond kind to my family and it is certainly an experience I will never forget. Thank you George!!! An even bigger fan!!!! Continue to support Stern because seeing the amount of detail that goes into the process gave me a whole new appreciation for the company.
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