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Original Issue

FROM THE PAGES OF SI

OCTOBER 11, 1982

Frisbee is creative. It isn't chess. It isn't even canasta, but it is you and the Frisbee all alone against the world. And pinball: Pinball games require a certain imaginative dexterity. They may even be a metaphor for life (or for drive-ins; one or the other), because the trick with pinball games is to know how to stretch the limits—to caress some extra points out of the machine without ever quite tilting the whole shebang. Pinball teaches you to skirt, to fudge, to finagle. Here was the situation: You were not supposed to bang a pinball machine at all, but you knew you couldn't win replays without goosing it some. There was as much an art to playing pinball as there was to, say, growing up.