Around the Playfield with John Borg


John Borg is a pinball designer for Stern Pinball.  Click here to view a list of pinball machines he has worked on.

Around the Playfield with John Borg

The Start Button: How did you first get into pinball?

I was seeking a mechanical Engineering position and followed a Chicago Tribune ad which took me to Premier Gottlieb Pinball.

The Plunge: What was the first pinball machine you bought?

Data East Star Wars.

The Skill Shot: What is your best pinball achievement or favorite pinball moment?

Running my first game down the line and winning my first launch party tournament against a lot of great players. Just had a great game!!!!

Good Shots, Bad Bounces: What is your favorite and least favorite pinball machine?

I’d prefer not to answer this question.

The Wizard Mode: What is your dream theme you’d like to see made into a pinball machine?

Led Zeppelin

The Tilt: What is the dumbest mistake you’ve made in pinball (mishap moving a machine, messing up trying to fix a machine, etc.)?

Broke a glass on my test game. On location!!!! Had to drive back to Data East for another one. Soldering with the machine turned on. Oops!!!!

The High Score: Describe the pinball hobby in one word.

I’d say awesome but we are now substituting  – “Supreme”

Match – Next Game: Where do you see the pinball hobby in 5-10 years?

Stronger and twice as many followers. Lots of people don’t know they can own a game. We need a Super Bowl television commercial!!!!



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