An article appeared in the Tribune the other day about the Portland Pinball League. Anthony Ramos, one of the owners of the Ground Kontrol Retrocade manages the league these days, and it sounds like the league is still going strong.
One small inaccuracy in the article, however, caught my attention. The article states that: “The league was started in 2004.”
This may be true of the current incarnation, but my little brother and I played in the Portland Pinball League regularly in the late-90s (my little brother Steve was a perennial champ!). Competitions were held at the now defunct Jockey Club, a cinder block bunker, er bar, on N Killingsworth. Back then the league was run by Brinda and Sam, who also published the venerable (and also now defunct) pinball and rock & roll magazine Multiball.
Steve still runs the website, PortlandPinball.com, which he started in 2001, and which continues to be a vibrant forum for Portland pinball aficionados.