Roger Sharpe is all about pinball. He’s most famous for being the “man that saved pinball” after he successfully convinced the New York City Council to legalize the game after demonstrating that pinball was not a game of chance, but instead a game of skill. Roger has worked for numerous pinball companies including Game Plan, Stern, and Williams. He even co-
founded the Professional Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA), a group that promotes pinball as a recreation-
al and competitive sport.
Thomasson: Pinball was a big deal when you were growing up as a kid. It was literally the king of the arcades. How did you manage to evade the pinball scene until entering college?
Roger Sharpe: Well, I can’t confirm that pinball was,in fact, the king of the arcades when I was growing up since I was in Chicago and pinball was illegal.
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