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Larry DeMar papers

Identifier: 119.5833
The Larry DeMar papers contain documentation on the creation of the Williams' pinball game Banzai Run (1988), as well as business cards from DeMar's career in pinball and the games industry. These photographs document component testing, prototype building, manufacturing, playtesting, and more. The engineering logbook, annotated by DeMar and Pat Lawlor, documents the development process of Wreck N Ball/Banzai Run.


  • 1980 - 2019


Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donor has not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong, he has given permission for The Strong to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.


1 Files (Housed with Individual manuscripts, Box 5.)

373 Megabytes (Digital files) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.

Biographical Note

Lawrence E. ("Larry") DeMar has worked in the pinball and gaming industries for more than four decades. He received his BS in Computer Science & Engineering at MIT in 1979 and joined Williams Electronics in Chicago as a Software Engineer in 1980. DeMar eventually was promoted to Director of Engineering at Williams. During his time there, DeMar worked on pinball games such as Black Knight (1980), High Speed (1986), Banzai Run (1988), Funhouse (1990), The Addams Family (1992), and Twilight Zone (1993), among others. As of 2022, DeMar is President of ODDSworks, Inc.

Custodial History

The Larry DeMar papers were donated to The Strong in November 2022 as a gift of Larry DeMar. The museum received the materials directly from DeMar in October 2019.


Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

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