Texas, Montana meetings underway;
Next stop: Chicago
Next week, Chicago — or the northwest suburb of Bloomingdale to be more precise — hosts the next stop on the industry's summer circuit, when the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) brings in the industry's manufacturer and distributor luminaries for meetings and social/recreational activities. This is the group's annual gathering — highlighted by the Distributor Gala — for its members, staff and invited guests.
AMOA will have participants attending the AAMA/AMOA Amusement Expo Show Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 27, and will also be represented at the Distributor Gala on Thursday, July 29, and the AAMCF Charity Golf event the following day, on Friday, July 30. For more details on the AAMA agenda next week, please visit the AAMA website: www.coin-op.org. A report on the AAMA gathering will be published in the July 30 edition of Off-The-Top.
New Jersey closely following amusement games legislation
In the current issue of the New Jersey Amusement Association (NJAA), the group's Government Affairs Agent, Edward R. McGlynn, reported on potentially harmful legislation moving through the state's Assembly. He writes:
"During the past two months a potentially serious piece of legislation impacting the game industry has received attention in the Assembly; passed and is now assigned to the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee. This legislation goes back to 2002 when the New Jersey Law Revision Commission undertook a comprehensive study of the Games of Chance laws and issued a comprehensive report recommending changes to the bingo, raffles and amusement games law. During the time the Law Revision Commission was considering these changes the NJAA had many meetings with both staff and the Commission itself giving our opposing views. The report was issued anyway and it recommended a blending of the statutes regulating bingos, raffles and amusement games into one comprehensive statute. Moreover, the Commission recommended amusement games be expanded to be a permitted activity at fairs and festival of ten days duration or less. Additionally because fines and penalties for bingos and raffles can be $7,500.00 for the first offense and $15,000.00 for subsequent offenses it incorporated that language into the amusement games law. Many other provisions have also been proposed. The bill is A1224 and S 2127.
IT to conduct Golden Tee Players Charity Tourney
In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Incredible Technologies, the company is sponsoring a Golden Tee Players Charity Championship, to be held Aug. 27-29, at Splinter's Sports Pub in Palatine, Ill.
Salute, Inc., of Palatine is IT's official 25th anniversary charity and beneficiary of the event. Salute's was formed to help veterans and their families in times of need. As a show of their support, IT has contributed $25,000 to the organization.
IT's Gary Colabuono will be competing in the event and working to raise funds for Salute, Inc. Those who wish to "Back Gary" can do so. Here's a link to his donor page.
The tourney's opening night, Friday, Aug. 27, is open to the public and IT has a host of special activities and giveaways planned. For more information, click here: www.goldentee.com/pcc.
Virginia group sets meeting date
The Amusement & Music Operators of Virginia (AMOV) will gather for its annual membership meeting and equipment display on Thursday afternoon Aug. 12, at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville. Following lunch at 12 p.m., a board/membership meeting will be conducted at 1 p.m., with an equipment display to follow 2-4 p.m. All coin machine operators — members and nonmembers alike — are invited to participate.
For more details, contact Jeff Smith, The Smith Group, at: 804-353-2322 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees are asked to RSVP by Aug. 1, by contacting Mr. Smith.
North Dakota member dies in motorcycle accident
Thomas E. Landowski, owner of Landowski Music & Games, Drayton, N.D., passed away on Saturday, July 16, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Mr. Landowski was 55.
Raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., Mr. Landowski moved back to Drayton where he farmed with his father and then started his amusement and games business.
According to the obituary published in the Grand Forks Herald, "his business spans large areas throughout North Dakota and Minnesota and it is through his business that Tom met many of his closest friends and his wife, Taryn. Together, they raised three daughters: Becka, Kayla and Jessi."
Funeral services were being conducted today at the Drayton High School Gymnasium. AMOA offers its sincere condolences to the Landowski family and his many friends.
DIY Jukebox Program to launch
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AMI Entertainment Network recently partnered with Circone + Associates to launch Musicati.com, the world's first (do-it-yourself) DIY Jukebox Promotional Program. Musicati was created to assist unsigned independent artists in their quest to be heard. Bands can come to the site to build a profile, upload their music, and utilize promotional tools to enhance their presence to fans and to the music industry.
AMI and Circone + Associates' Musicati partnership strengthens the AMI music catalog, brings new bands to the network, and attracts new fans to the jukebox to seek out and listen to the music they love. Musicati acts as an additional on-premise revenue stream for operators, as fans in those locations will spend money to hear emerging artists who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be played on the jukebox. For more information, visit www.amientertainment.com and www.musicati.com.
Video game in Nebraska illegal, but will be made legal
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A judge has ruled the BankShot machines confiscated by the Nebraska State Patrol after they began popping up in bars last year are illegal as is. But Lancaster County District Judge Steven Burns' order doesn't necessarily spell the end for the coin-operated machines. More
California defends videogame ban to state supreme court
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration on July 12, submitted a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that governments should be able to ban youth access to videogames based on content, just as governments restrict youth access to sexually explicit material, without contravening First Amendment rights to free speech. More