Pinball collector loans games to Butler

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — The pinball collection of Warren businessman Robert Berk will be on display through March 16 at the Howland branch of the Butler Institute of American Art.

He said his love of pinball began when he was a young boy and the family would take trips to Florida, where he discovered arcades and pinball. He said there was a pinball machine in the basement of the family’s home from the time he was 5.

“I played it, but it was not until I got to college when I got reintroduced to pinball to the point I was obsessed with it,” Berk said.

Among the games on display at the Butler are Knockout, Majorettes and Wonderland. The exhibition also includes different pinball machine designs by artist John Popadiuk.

He said the Butler show came about because he knows Butler Art Museum Director Lou Zona.

Popadiuk will be at the museum in March.

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