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.
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.