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Cover: Elaut Celebrates its 55th Year!
The Amusement Trade Goes to Washington -- Leaders of AAMA, AMOA and the NBVA bulk vending organization traveled to the nation’s capitol in September to hold approximately 50 meetings with federal lawmakers. Topping their agenda, concern over the possibility that Congress will change the way quarters are produced thus placing an economic burden on industry and consumers.
Musical Surprise -- In a lawsuit between the popular oldies band The Turtles and Sirius XM satellite radio, a federal court ruled that music labels that own songs recorded before 1972 are due a public performance royalty under state law separate from that covered by the Jukebox License Office.
Orlando Readies for IAAPA 2014 -- The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annual Expo heads to Orlando, Fla., Nov. 18-21. IAAPA organizers say the show will likely attract more than 27,000 attendees including 17,000 buyers from more than 100 different countries. Total exhibitors will number more than 1,000 companies from 40 different countries. Check out our full preview including a sneak peek at new games that will be on display.
Memo from Marco Island -- AMOA officers and the trade association’s board of directors met on a small island off the coast of Florida recently to discuss the group’s business and elect new officers. Coming out of the meeting, AMOA leaders said they will actively seek out younger members and leaders to keep the focus on relevance.
Going Mobile -- Shaffer Entertainment in Columbus, Ohio, has launched a mobile app for its dart and pool players. Company topper Andy Shaffer says: “We are in a mobile society. Consumers have come to expect this kind of service. As an operator we are always trying to figure out a way to differentiate our business from other operators.”
Claw Game Experts -- The Belgian factory Elaut has been setting the standard for cranes for more than five decades. The Verstraeten family, which founded and still owns and operates Elaut, continues its commitment to the amusement industry worldwide. Read their story, and take a look at their various products through the years.
All in the Family -- Everybody in the trade knows the name Bushnell. Today, a second generation Bushnell, Wyatt, son of Atari founder Nolan, heads up a company offering technology designed to invigorate family entertainment. Virsix has developed an immersive simulator platform that injects players into a series of both visually and physically interactive games.
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Editorial: Comments from our Editor Steve White.
Frank Talk by Frank Seninsky of Alpha Omega Amusements, New Jersey.
Hail to the Chief: Our monthly chat with AMOA President Bobby Hogin.
Jersey Jack: Industry veteran Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc., PinballSales.com and ShuffleAlley.com shares philosophies and ideas for today's industry.
Party Professor: Beth Standlee of TrainerTainment teaches how to make parties stand out with your customers and your bottom line.
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