Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - Jack McDevitt

Happy 4th of July Weekend.

Our first Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Jack McDevitt, who is displayed on card number 64, from the Science Fiction Collection.  Jack is the author of 22 novels, 12 of which have been Nebula finalists.  His fiction has won him the Heinlein Lifetime Achievement award.  Other careers Jack has had include English teacher, naval officer, and customs officer.   Jack is best known for his Alex & Chase mysteries, and for the Priscilla Hutchins novels. 
 
How early in your life did you know you would be a writer?

I knew I wanted to write when I was about seven. (Started The Canals of Mars.) But I was in my mid-forties before I realized it was going to happen. It came out of left field.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Joe Jackmovich

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joe Jackmovich, who is displayed on card number 2101, from the Superstars of 2015.  Joe is an experienced journalist with his M.A. from Indiana University.  Being a video game reporter, Joe has talked to many figures in the video game industry including Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu.  Joe also holds gaming records on such games as Geometry Wars and Computer Space and recently broke the world record on Super Double Dragon for the SNES.  Joe’s goal is to break the 10 million point score on Gradius for the NES.   He is starting medical school at Marian University in the fall of 2016.    

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

It’s completely impossible to pick a single favorite character. Magus from Chrono Trigger probably takes a high place though. It was unbelievable to have a villain join your party in an RPG. He had a convoluted story but a clear objective. And the way the party ruins his plans unintentionally is such a great mark of storytelling.

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight - Paul Stokstad

Our first Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Stokstad, who is displayed on card number 22, from the Fairfield Collection.  These cards commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World." Paul is the founder of the Fairfield Public Access Channel (FPAC) and is a producer of hundreds of improv and dance events in the area.  He has written many books on such topics as dance, tennis and poetry.  Paul is a terrific tennis player and has competed in many tournaments and has finished as high as third in his age division and 1st is doubles competition.  He has dream of being a screenplay writer and producer.

Where did you grow up in Iowa?

I grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa, finished HS in Des Moines and went to college and grad school in Iowa City (plus getting a second Master’s Degree at MUM.edu).  I moved here in 1974, then away in 1978 and back in 1980 then away in 2000 and back in 2004.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Estel Goffinet

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Estel Goffinet, who is displayed on card number 553,  from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Estel is also featured on cards 1049, 1240 and 2496. Estel is one of a very small group of gamers who has a recorded and approved Donkey Kong kill screen.  Estel competed in the Kong-Off III in New Jersey.  His highest Donkey Kong scores are 999,800 (Hammers Allowed) and 640,500 (No Hammers Allowed).  You can see Estel playing his favorite streamed games on MAME and he will appear at times at Donkey Kong events to show his Donkey Kong skills.

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I mostly play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Intrepid, Moon Patrol, etc.  I will find time to squeeze in a RPG every now and then.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jim Schelberg

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jim Schelberg, who is displayed on card number 284, from the Superstars of 2012.  Jim is also featured on cards 739 and 1714.  Jim is the editor and publisher of “PinGame Journal”.  He has a passion to spread the news and history of pinball as well as the breaking news, records and other information about the industry. On October 17th, 2009, Jim was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame.  You can see Jim at various pinball events around the United States.

What’s your opinion of the Console Pinball games (Xbox, PlayStation) that recreate the original machines onto the TV screen?

They are fine for what they are. But it's not pinball. It's another game. Pinball requires a physical ball governed only by physics.  This is not remotely a new thought. One commonly quoted statement from pinball pioneer Harry Williams is "The ball is wild." In any video game the ball is programmed, not wild.

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