Remember that Bally, Williams, and Capcom documentation?…

In all of its file cabinet glory? Well, James is talking a little bit about that coin op documentation over at the Aussie Arcade forums. You’ll need an account to login and view the thread.

Bally Williams Documentation

Image of Williams / Bally history coming into focus

In 2009, some details came out concerning the Illinois Pinball Warehouse, the purchase and the subsequent selling of parts. Later in the year, original Bally films were sold for around $5,000 total on eBay. But for many of us, the some 200,000+ documents showing suppliers, distributors, parts lists and production dates are really the most interesting piece of all.

James has started out by delving into the history of a man named Gordon Horlick, who was possibly an under-credited designer on many of Williams early pinball machines. Here is an excerpt;

I’ve started with the Williams files going back to the first machines (from the 1940’s) and the one name that keeps popping up is Gordon Horlick. It seems he was the chief engineer for Williams at the very beginning and was there until at least the 70’s. While Harry may have gotten most of the credit for game design it appears the real man behind the designs may have been Gordon.

As I now find myself intrigued about this person whom I knew nothing about until these files I am going to do some research and see if I can create a detailed bio of Mr. Horlick.

We all hope James will continue to look into those documents in those cabinets, and share as much as is possible for one man and his time constraints. We’ll update more as it comes to light, but make sure to check out the thread. Pinball Inc. will be comparing some release dates to the production dates of the original Williams pinball machines. Cool stuff.

I am personally hoping that we get to see a list or two of the parts suppliers for some of Bally Midway’s famous arcade games. What would you like to see?

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Yep. Definately an interesting thread. Already some very interesting facts coming to light.

Following James’ thread closely.

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I was wondering whatever happened to the rest of that
Id like to see some production #s how many Journeys, Mappys, etc.
that seems to be a big mystery of alot of the classic Midawys
Or perhaps the rosetta stone to the serail #s

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That’s a good one.

I am thinking this stuff may takes many years come to light at that many documents. Sounds like pinball is coming first….

I would also love to see brainstorming notes, if there are any, on just about any game. Sounds like this is more standard paperwork however.

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When I looked through those files I got the impression that it was mostly pinball stuff. All the documentation around the development and then production of the game. Part numbers, vendors, layouts – misc internal documents. I was saddened to see it leaving IL and the US, but glad he’s making a run at preserving it for the community.

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Gordon Horlick was my father. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to write me at my email address.

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