Story dated 1st April, 2003.

On Saturday 15th March 2003 Gary Stern and Pat Lawlor presented "The Science of pinball; The Making of a Pinball Machine" to an excited crowd at Chicago's famous Museum of Science and Industry as part of their Lecture Series.

Using a slide show presentation, Pat explained to the audience of museum members how a pinball machine is taken from an idea to a white wood sample to the final product, while Gary gave a virtual tour of the Stern pinball factory. They had a Monopoly and a Simpsons Pinball Party pinball machine on hand for demonstration and for attendees to play after the presentation.

Pat Lawlor says, "Both Gary Stern and myself were quite honoured to be invited to talk about pinball in one of the worlds premier civic institutions. The audience was amazed
at the history, science, and craft involved with the design and manufacture of
pinball machines."

Two hundred people attended, comprised of families and individual members of the museum. The talk was a "sell out," which according to museum staff is not a normal thing for the venue. The presentation was such a success that the museum has asked Gary and Pat to come back again.


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