Steve Kordek, 1911-2012

“At a trade show in Chicago 1948, Mr. Kordek introduced Triple Action, a game that featured just two flippers, both controlled by buttons at the bottom of the table. Mr. Kordek was a designer for Genco, one of more than two dozen pinball manufacturers in Chicago at the time. Not only was Mr. Kordek’s two-flipper game less expensive to produce; it also gave players greater control. For someone concentrating on keeping a chrome-plated ball from dropping into the “drain,” two flippers, one for each hand, were better than six.”
Steve Kordek, who invented the modern pinball machine, died Sunday in Park Ridge, Illinois. It’s a nice touch that he lived to be 100, officially turning over the digit counters in the game of life.