Classic pinball: The call of the silver ball

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On a warm Thursday night in July, 11-year-old Josh Henderson of Chicago nervously shuffles on the patio of Lyons Classic Pinball. He’s waiting for Kevin Carroll, the long-haired, sleepy-eyed owner, to scribble the name of his next opponent on a piece of poster board taped to the outside window.

In the 6 1/2 years since it first opened, Carroll’s establishment has become a celebrated destination for pinball addicts. His third-Thursday summer tournaments routinely draw players from around the country, and, on some nights, the world.

“We’re on a cross-country family trip,” said Mark Henderson, Josh’s father and promoter. (more…)