SFGE is pleased to welcome two living legends in pinball to our show this year. Both have had incredible careers spanning multiple manufacturers and have left a lasting legacy in gaming. Most recently, these two founded Whizbang Pinball and are responsible for the throwback game, Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons which will be onhand to play at this year’s show.
One of the most famed artists in pinball history, Greg Freres started his work creating beautiful works of art for Bally in 1978. Credited with over 30 works to his name, Greg created the art packages for some of the most stunning games in pinball history including Medieval Madness, Revenge From Mars, Fathom, Elvira and the Party Monsters, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Currently employed by the world’s oldest and largest pinball manufacturer, Stern Pinball, Greg is responsible for the vibrant, hand-drawn art on their newest game from Whizbang Pinball, Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons.
The influence of Mr. Nordman seems to be everywhere. Though he originally began his work designing pinball machines for Bally, he has also worked for Williams, Mylstar, Stern Pinball, and Multimorphic, among others. His creations have been considered some of the best pinball games of all time and include White Water, Scared Stiff, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Demolition Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Dennis partnered with Greg Freres in 2009 to form Whizbang Pinball where they designed the “Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons,” the first new electro-mechanical style game in over 35 years which will be manufactured by Stern Pinball in 2015.