In the 1930s in Chicago, it started pouring heavily, and ex-forestry ranger Steve Kordek ran into a building to get out of the rain.
The company was Genco, and Steve was hired to work there at 26, which began a long, long career in pinball. Designer of over 100 games, he worked at Genco
, Bally and finally Williams, retiring along with Williams' exit from Pinball with the ignoble shutdown of the Pinball 2000 project, a story told in the documentary Tilt
(which has extensive interviews with Kordek). Here's a video of Steve in 1994
. This week, Steve Kordek passed on, having celebrated his 100th birthday
last month. Here's video of his 100th birthday party
, with heartfelt tributes from friends and colleagues, and a few words from Steve himself.