Electric Football TudorCON 14 – The Buzz Display

One of our “no-brainer” display games – the Tudor NFL No. 620. It is truly the game of a million dreams.

Electric Football has had so many cool and significant game through the years that it was hard to narrow down to which games we should put out for display at TudorCON 14. The 1949 Tru-Action No. 500 model was an easy choice – it’s the game where it all started. And despite the “plainness” of the game, and the fact that isn’t a very rare game, it still serves as measuring stick for how far Electric Football has come.

In the beginning – the 1949 Tudor Tru-Action No. 500.

Things got a little tougher as we tried to balance how many years to skip over, but the 1961 Gotham NFL G-1500 game came in as our next display game. Like the No. 500, it holds a number of Electric Football “firsts.” It was the first “large” Electric Football game, the first game with a sideline grandstand, the first game with teams, and…it was THE first NFL-licensed Electric Football game. Besides these firsts, it displays well, being a very impressive game with the metal Yankee Stadium grandstand and the NFL logos on the frame.

1961 Gotham NFL G-1500 model. It was the first NFL-licensed Electric Football game.

We really wanted to display a Tudor Sports Classic No. 600 model (we did bring one), but didn’t have the space. So the next game was another “no-brainer” – the Tudor NFL No. 620 (see top photo). The game we displayed was from 1969, with small Giants and Browns. We were able to date the game thanks to the 1969 Tudor Rule Book that came in the game.

Of course it was 1967 when the No. 620 made it’s biggest splash a part of Tudor’s brand new NFL line. Without fail, this is the game that generates the most conversation at all the conventions we’ve attended. The Tudor NFL No. 620 made a HUGE impact on boys in the late 1960’s.

And we’re not done yet…more to come in future post!!

 

Earl & Roddy

The TudorCON 14 Buzz display Table No. 1: a 1949 Tru-Action 500 and a 1961 Gotham NFL G-1500.

Electric Football Landmarks – The 1954 Toy Fair

The spread of Chapter 7 of The Unforgettable Buzz - A Competitor takes the field

Our opening spread of Chapter 7, which covers 1954 and Gotham Pressed Steel’s entry into Electric Football. Gotham was Tudor’s first Electric Football competitor.

With Toy Fair 2014 already in the rear view mirror, we found ourselves thumbing through The Unforgettable Buzz taking a look at Toy Fair’s past. One that happened 60 years ago caught our eye, because it featured the first Electric Football “surprise” and perhaps the most influential event in all of Electric Football history.

A photo of Eddie Gluck, who was Gotham's Vice President in 1954.

Former Tudor employee and Gotham Vice President in 1954.

It was at the 1954 Toy Fair that the Gotham Pressed Steel Corporation showed up with an Electric Football game to compete with the Tudor’s five-year-old Tru-Action No. 500 model. Former Tudor employee and now Gotham Vice President Eddie Gluck was the driving force behind Gotham’s entry into Electric Football. With his sporting background and extensive toy industry contacts, Gluck was sure he could sack Norman Sas and Tudor, and make Gotham the dominant player in Electric Football.

Gotham digging in at the scrimmage line signaled two very important things:

1) Electric Football was so popular that another company wanted a cut of Tudor’s profits.

2) The game and its features would begin to evolve and change as Tudor and Gotham competed for consumers.  

All that happened in Electric Football after Gotham began selling Electric Football in 1954 – grandstands, large games, NFL licensing, 3-D players, 3-D NFL players, battery-powered floodlights – is, as they say, history.

And it’s all in The Unforgettable Buzz.

 

Earl & Roddy

 

The 1954 Gotham G-880 All-Star Electric Football Game.

 

Tudor Games Electric Football and Toy Fair 2014

Earl Shores at Toy Fair 2014 with The Unforgettable Buzz TudorCON 14 display case. Photo by Denise Strohm Chrystowski.

Sometimes it’s being in the right place at the right time. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days at Toy Fair 2014 last week, once again a guest of Tudor Games President Doug Strohm.

Toy Fair 2014 at the massive Javitz Center in New York City.

The Unforgettable Buzz had a bit more vested this year, as Doug had asked if he could take our TudorCON 14 display case to Toy Fair to show off Electric Football’s storied past. Obviously we were flattered, and eager to do whatever we could to contribute to Tudor’s Toy Fair efforts.

The display served as a “special teams” player in the Tudor Games booth, drawing the attention of buyers and reps who were old enough to have played Electric Football in the 60’s and 70’s. The unquestioned stars at the Toy Fair were Tudor’s new line of SpeedTurf games and the Invisibases. A constant stream of toy traffic found it’s way to the Tudor booth, with more than a few buyers exclaiming “hey, you’re back!” Doug would patiently explain that, actually, Tudor was here last year. Left unsaid was that last year’s games didn’t draw nearly the same kind of attention as this year’s new models.

Denise, Doug, and Jimmy hard at work with buyers at Toy Fair 2014.

The Tudor booth looked amazing, with Doug, Jimmy, and Denise all taking their turns dealing with buyers and their questions. Reps from just about all the major toy retailers stopped by — there’s no question that Electric Football will be available from more places than it has been in a long, long time.

The game’s profile is on the rise thanks to the all new features Tudor has introduced. Doug has worked long and hard on Electric Football’s redesign. He has also worked long and hard on positioning Electric Football in the toy world in such a way that retailers would actually want the game back on their shelves. It’s not been easy, with more than a few potholes along the way.

So it was gratifying to be a fly on the wall last week and watch people in the toy industry actually get excited while standing over an Electric Football game. It’s vital to remember that we’re talking about a game that’s been around for 65 years now. To have excited buyers in 2014 is proof of just how far Doug Strohm has brought Tudor Games Electric Football in a very short time. And it looks like 2014 is going to be a very good year for Electric Football.

 

Earl

 

The Tudor booth at the 2014 Toy Fair with The Unforgettable Buzz TudorCON 14 display case,

A Sellout at TudorCON 14 for The Unforgettable Buzz

It was an Electric Football sellout!

The Unforgettable Buzz History of Electric Football Special TudorCON 14 Special Edition

We sold the entire run of our TudorCON 14 Special Edition. Michael Kronenberg designed the cover and the interior of the book.

A sincere “thank you” to everyone who came to TudorCon 14 and purchased a copy of the Designer’s Cut Edition of The Unforgettable Buzz. We sold every copy that we brought to Philadelphia, running through the last few books during the final quarter of the championship game.

This version of The Unforgettable Buzz is now officially retired. We printed them in a limited amount, and no more will be produced. So if you have a copy, you definitely have a unique Electric Football item.

We are so grateful because we know that for many of you this was a second copy of the book (or even a third!). Your loyalty and encouragement left us in awe. It was such a pleasure to sign books and talk about Electric Football. 

Like all of you, we love Electric Football, and completing The Unforgettable Buzz was a true labor of love. We hoped that the book would be well received, but the reaction has been more positive than we ever imagined. To experience your support for The Buzz in person at TudorCON 14 was very humbling. It’s something we will never forget.

Again, many, many thanks to all of you!

 

Earl & Roddy 

Electric Football TudorCON 14 – René Smith’s 1968 Tudor Super Bowl No. 500

René Smith with his 1968 Otasco Tudor No. 500 Super Bowl – a game that we didn’t know existed!

It was in a conversation in the days leading up to TudorCON 14 that René Smith mentioned he had a 1968 Tudor Super Bowl game. This left us a bit puzzled, and even more so when René added that it was a No. 500 Super Bowl model. We said “hmmm….” and politely referred René to The Unforgettable Buzz. It says right in The Buzz that Tudor didn’t make a Super Bowl game until 1969.

The 1968 Otasco Tudor No. 500 Super Bowl game. It’s frame is gold and says “Super Bowl” on the top.

But we know enough from our time in Electric Football that the most dangerous words you can use are “always” and “never.” Speciality games were made, Frankenstein games were made (games with mismatched frames and/or fields), teams were mismatched, painted incorrectly – there is a whole universe of “exceptions” to the rules of Electric Football mass production. So we were pretty sure the first Tudor Super Bowl came out in 1969…but it would be foolish on our part to assume that Tudor never made one in 1968.

When we finally met René at TudorCON 14, he, as promised, blew our minds. He did in fact have a 1968 Tudor No. 500 Super Bowl. It was essentially a Tru-Action No. 500 with the frame painted gold and the words “Super Bowl” on one side of the frame. It didn’t have a grandstand, and only had Tudor’s single-piece polyethylene Standard players – although they were molded in red and yellow instead of the usual yellow and white color scheme.

Page 24 – The 1968 Otasco Tudor Super Bowl No. 500.

Our brains scrambled to come up with an explanation for the game’s existence, and the answer came from the box. There was a gold “seal” on the box that said “Otasco Golden Anniversary Super Value 1918 − 1968.” Otasco ran the Economy Auto Part Stores chain, which had over 400 stores in 12 southern states by the late 60′s. It seemed pretty likely that Tudor made this special Super Bowl model exclusively for Otacso.

The game was totally new to us, but there was something oddly familiar about it. So the day after the convention ended, we consulted our catalog collection. We did in fact have a 1968 Economy Auto Parts Store Christmas catalog. And there on page 24 was the Otasco Super Bowl game for $5.99. While doing our research for The Unforgettable Buzz we saw the “Super Bowl” description — but we dismissed it out of hand thinking the Economy Auto Parts chain was being “creative” in trying to make a No. 500 more appealing.

Because we knew that Tudor “never” made a Super Bowl before 1969.

 

Earl & Roddy

1968 Otasco Economy Auto Part Stores Christmas catalog.

Electric Football TudorCON 14 Recap – Part IV

René Smith’s TudorCON 14 display of Tudor toys and games. Photo by David Hawkins.

A Tudor Swing Pin game. We’ve never seen one before – not even in a catalog!

Electric Football was created by Tudor President Norman in 1948 and first sold by Tudor in 1949. Yet Tudor has a history that stretches back all the way to 1928, with the company making a number of toys and games long before Electric Football ever became the Tudor trademark. In a addition, Tudor made a lot of different games during the 40 years that Norman Sas was at the helm.

So it was our honor to be across the aisle from the man who is taking care and nurturing Tudor’s legacy beyond Electric Football – Mr René Smith. We couldn’t even begin to count how many Tudor games René brought to TudorCON 14. He had Tudor games that we didn’t even know existed, like this Tudor Swing Pin game. 

René had all the landmark and now very rare games that make up Tudor’s pre-Electric Football vibrating legacy. There was the 1937 Tudor Auto Race Game, which is the First Electric vibrating game ever made, and there was the 1939 Turtle Hunt game. And René had many more contemporary Tudor games, including Snap-Action Hockey and Golf, which were two of Earl’s favorite sick day games back in the mid-1960’s.

Tudor’s late 1930′s Auto Race Game.

René also taught us a thing or two about Electric Football – that’s coming up as a totally separate post.

We absolutely love René. He’s a truly nice guy whose passions for all things Tudor runs deep – maybe deeper than our own.  He had so many games that he rotated his display several times during the weekend!

It was an honor and a pleasure to get a chance to see René’s amazing collection. We’re so glad that he was part of TudorCON 14 – and we’re glad that we were right across the aisle!

 

Earl & Roddy

 

Electric Football TudorCON 14 Recap – Part III

Tudor Games President Doug Strohm opens TudorCON 14. Photo courtesy of Lynn Schmidt.

Electric Football got off to a “super nova” start in 2014 thanks to TudorCON 14. Tudor Games President Doug Strohm officially opened the event on Friday evening, January 24, debuting the newly designed Tudor Electric Football games that would host every tournament game played during the weekend.

The dinner gathering at TudorCON 14. Lynn Schmidt.

Doug’s upbeat and concise remarks set a positive vibe that was taken to heart by everyone at TudorCON 14. Throughout the event there was an overwhelming feeling of fellowship – it’s something we will never forget and always treasure about the weekend. (It had already started during Happy Hour, and continued through dinner when were seated with John DiCarlo and his grandson, David Hawkins, and Joe and Lynda Femiani.)

After Doug finished opening TudorCON 14, practice play began on Tudor’s new fields and the Tudor Store came to life, complete with a stock of Tudor’s new Invisibases as well as Pink Convention bases. Also beginning were the conversations and reminiscing around our Buzz Electric Football display, and the mind-blowing array of non-Electric Football Tudor items being displayed by Baltimore’s René Smith.

Let the post-opening discussions and reminiscing begin! Photo by David Hawkins.

There was a true buzz in the air, and it wasn’t just coming from Tudor’s new games…which are actually on the quiet side. It lasted well into the night, and beyond. Just as we were about the pack up the display for evening, Mark and Bill Klingbeil arrived from Ohio. It was great to catch up with the two MFCA Hall of Famer’s and original Electric Football Convention Super Bowl champions (1995 and 1996). Just a really nice moment for us to all marvel at how far Electric Football has come over the last 20 years.

 

Earl & Roddy

The Tudor Store is open! Photo by Lynn Schmidt.

 

YouTube Ad Blitz Promo “Borrows” From The Unforgettable Buzz

An screen shot from the YouTube Ad Blitz video promo. The image on the computer screen that serves as this player’s head was “borrowed” from The Unforgettable Buzz.

Electric Football 1967 Eagles and Giants

The image that YouTube “borrowed” from us. We posted it back on The Buzz web site in September of 2012.

Electric Football was seemingly rediscovered by numerous ad agencies in 2013. From RGIII and Subway, to McDonalds, to Chick-fil-A, to ESPN, and finally Google, with their YouTube Ad Blitz video promo.

Without a doubt the YouTube Ad is clever. The concept of having each Electric Football player be an actual advertiser showing off their product is creative and catches your attention. Even using the well-worn Electric Football cliche of spinning players, the ad works. Definitely worth a watch and a chuckle.

And our eagle-eyed designer Michael Kronenberg discovered something else that YouTube did. They “borrowed” one of our photos. Appearing at 1:23 is a player with a computer screen as his head. The image on the screen is a photo we posted on the Buzz site back in September of 2012. As you can see, we even posted it with a copyright symbol and a Buzz watermark.   

So….guess we should feel flattered that YouTube thought one of our photos was good enough to use in their Ad Blitz advertising.  But part of us can’t help but feel taken advantage of because it was done without our permission – and YouTube, as we all know, has a pretty thorough understanding of copyright law. It comes down to this…all they had to do was ask.

 

Earl & Roddy 

Side by side comparison

Electric Football 1967 Eagles and Giants

TudorCON 14 Part II – A Few Moments With Tudor’s Vice President James Baum

Throughout the weekend at TudorCON 14, Tudor Vice President James Baum (center) moved stealthily through the room taking in his first Electric Football Convention. His toy world experiences go back to having regular lunch outings with Electric Football inventor Norman Sas. Photo by David Hawkins

A red Honda pulls up in front of the Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport hotel mid-afternoon on Friday, January 24…the whirlwind begins.

Okay, we need a cart to get our stuff in, oh hey, there’s Jim Davis, and that’s Adrian Baxter, and oh, we know that person…damn, what is his name? More faces we know, some with names, some without. Further in the hotel with the cart, there’s someone we know well but have never met – it’s Lynn Schmidt; and then there’s someone we know and have met, but outside of Electric Football – film maker Ray Spivey. Then a voice…”I’m taking cheesteak orders..” we turn and it’s “Mr National” Corey Johnson. Then “flash” – Lynn’s captures it all (thanks Lynn, it’s a great shot).

Roddy Garcia, Earl Shores, Corey Johnson and Ray Spivey. Photo by Lynn Schmidt.

Finally we rumble into the main room with the cart, and there’s Tudor President Doug Strohm. Earl to Doug: “Doug, we didn’t bring all the games right now, did you want them set up for tonight?” Doug pauses for a second and says diplomatically: “That might be nice.” Earl’s quickly heading back down  I-95 to his house to reload the car while Roddy sets up the initial delivery of stuff. It takes another hour, but finally the entire display is at the hotel.

(Deep breath…now exhale)

The ballroom is mostly quiet and empty as we start putting games out on the tables. Then through the door comes a very distinguished man who will play a vital yet mostly unseen role in the rollout of Tudor’s new line of games – it’s Tudor Vice President James “Jimmy” Baum. Mr. Baum has been in the toy business for more than five decades, and knew Electric Football inventor Norman Sas well enough to have regular lunch outings with him. He has seen it all and done it all in the toy world, from working for Mattel, to being President of Matchbox, to remembering a time when Toy “R” Us was just a spec in the world of toy selling.  

Jimmy Baum and Denise Strohm Chrystowski @Toy Fair 2013

As total toy geeks we’re entranced by Jimmy’s stories of the toy world past and present. He’s a walking toy encyclopedia, and we take this opportunity to ask him some of the questions we wish we could have asked the people in The Unforgettable Buzz who are no longer with us. And it seems fitting that we’re setting up Electric Football games from a time in the toy world that Jimmy witnessed up close and personal. 

We ask him if knew Gotham President Eddie Gluck, and show Jimmy a picture of Gluck that’s in The Buzz…and it’s a moment we will never forget. Here we are standing over a Gotham NFL G-1500 game with someone who was actually in the toy business when Gluck first unveiled the game in 1961.

What James Baum brings to Tudor – his experience, his connections, his knowledge of how the toy world works, and more importantly, how it doesn’t work – will be instrumental to Tudor’s success in 2014. And his “Super Bowl” will be taking in just a few weeks at Toy Fair in NYC. There he will work his magic for Tudor, pitching and selling Electric Football for all that it’s worth. 

So when you see this man at next year’s TudorCON (after what should the most amazing year Electric Football has seen in some time…) be sure to go up to him and and say “Thank You.” He’s a gem and a gentleman, and one of the last original “toy men.”

 

Earl & Roddy

Coming Fall 2014…it’s Full Color Electric Football!

The cover of the new book from The Unforgettable Buzz authors; full color electric football

We’re proud to officially unveil our newest project — Full Color Electric Football.

This new book will tell the story of Electric Football in glorious color, featuring the best images from The Unforgettable Buzz as well as dozens of newly taken photos.

Every single page of Full Color Electric Football will be in…yes, full color! And every single page will be designed by Marvel Graphic Artist Michael Kronenberg. If you marveled at Michael’s work in The Unforgettable Buzz, wait until you see what he does with our all-photo format in Full Color Electric Football.

We all loved studying the colorful NFL insert that came in our old Tudor Rule Books. Now, imagine if that insert was 100-pages long, and covered not only Tudor but also the Electric Football lines from Gotham, Coleco, and Munro games?

It would be Full Color Electric Football! Stay right here — we’ll keep you posted as we move forward. We’ve already talked to many of you about it at TudorCON 14 right now, and we’re just as excited as you are! 

 

Earl, Roddy & Michael

TudorCON 14 Electric Football Convention Recap – Part 1

Our 1967 Tudor NFL Big Men Electric Football Display at TudorCON 14. Photo by David Hawkins.

Electric Football has come a LONG way – that’s the overriding feeling as we try to gather our thoughts on the recently finished TudorCON 14 Electric Football Convention. From Chicago in 1996 to Philly in 2014 is a lot of years. Change over that length of time is inevitable. But there’s a cohesion and vibrancy within Electric Football that was fantastic to experience this past weekend. Granted, we were on “sabbatical” from Electric Football for a long time…

Field level view of The Buzz display – a 1970 Coleco CFL Grey Cup model. Photo by Lynn Schmidt.

To that end, we were totally humbled and touched by everyone who came over to our tables to talk about The Unforgettable Buzz. The “welcome back” the Electric Football community rolled out for us…it was incredible and totally humbling. It’s something we will never ever forget. You certainly made us feel like “family.”

The passion for the Electric Football – the past, the current, and future – was on full display throughout the weekend. It was so rewarding to see. And you shared so many wonderful and memorable stories with us. It’s so simple. We all love Electric Football.

It was a massive challenge for Doug Strohm to resurrect the Tudor Convention, and there’s really just not enough praise to cover his efforts and the efforts of David Heydel, Mike Guttman, Margie Windsor, Denise Chrystowski, and Nicole Gresh. A giant “Thank You” to the entire Tudor Games staff for making TudorCON 14 an event that we will all long remember.

We’ll have some some more specific TudorCON 14 posts over the coming days, but we were too busy to really “cover” the event. For that, at the moment, we highly recommend David Hawkins Convention Blog and Flickr Stream,  Lynn Schmidt’s TudorCON 14 album on Facebook, and the Philly NEFL TudorCON 14 Facebook album. There are some amazing photos in all of these places. In fact, we’ve even borrowed from them (thanks David and Lynn!). And congratulations to TudorCON 14 champion Norbert Revels, who we had a great conversation with on Saturday.

Thank you everybody for all the kindness you offered to us throughout weekend and for all of the support you’ve given us throughout the years. The Unforgettable Buzz would have never happened without it. We will never forget our TudorCON 14 experience!

 

Earl & Roddy

TudorCON 14 Is Here!!

It’s hard to believe that TudorCON 14 is finally here. That a convention like this would ever happen again…it didn’t seem likely a few years ago. But not only is it happening, Doug Strohm and Tudor Game are bringing new items and an new dynamic vision to Electric Football.

So besides the usual buzz of a convention, there is true excitement and optimism that Electric Football’s trajectory is headed upward. There might be a real future for the game we all know and love so well. And we have a chance to be there at the moment when Tudor “lights this candle” on the next chapter of Electric Football.  

DC in 2000

It’s all pretty heady stuff, and we’ve got our fingers crossed for the future of Electric Football. On a more personal level, TudorCON 14 is a chance to meet new friends, renew our old friendships, and offer up and share the part Electric Football that we know best — it’s history and heritage. Hopefully we can offer up a bit of that “Christmas morning” feeling. 

If you’re at the event, please stop by and say “hi.” It’s an exciting time for all of us in Electric Football!!

Earl & Roddy

Thank You Uni-Watch.com for “An Ode To Electric Football”

Electric Football in the news…we’d like to send a big “Thank You” to Paul Lukas and Dennis Check at Uni-Watch.com for “An Ode To Electric Football.” It was a really wonderful piece that ran yesterday on the Uni-Watch web site – which is a very cool site.

Dennis Check with some kind words about The Unforgettable Buzz.

In addition to being a great read, The Unforgettable Buzz received a nice endorsement from Mr. Check. What he said in his review…it’s what we hoped people would think about The Unforgettable Buzz. That it’s an entertaining book about Electric Football, but it’s also about more than just Electric Football. 

We’re so grateful Uni-Watch, and Mr. Check and Mr. Lukas. Be sure to click on over there and check out the story and the web site. We’ve had a nice spike in book sales since the story went up yesterday!!

 

Earl, Roddy & Michael

TudorCON 14 Countdown – T-minus 3 days!

The Unforgettable Buzz display case for TudorCON 14. Tudor’s 1967 NFL and AFL Electric Football teams.

Electric Football TudorCON 14 countdown….t-minus 3 days and counting!! It’s hard to believe TudorCON 14 is almost here. We’ve had a very busy week as we make final preparations for this weekend.

The Unforgettable Buzz History of Electric Football Special TudorCON 14 Special EditionAnd what a weekend it promises to be! We are so looking forward to seeing Tudor’s new games. Do they look cool or what? They do look like the future, and we’re so glad to be part of the launch of this new and upward direction for Electric Football. Doug Strohm has done his homework in positioning Tudor Games for the future. TudorCON 14 promises to be just the beginning.

We’re going to do our best this weekend to show off Tudor’s long and storied heritage. One of our featured pieces will be this display case of 1967 Tudor NFL and AFL teams. There will be some other surprises too, along with our special TudorCON 14 edition of The Unforgettable Buzz. It’s a true premium edition with upgraded paper and printing. The book will only be available at the convention and in limited number.

Well, we need to get back to packing. See you at TudorCON 14!!

 

Earl & Roddy

The Unforgettable Buzz – More Than Just Electric Football

Pages 370-371 of The Unforgettable Buzz. A sideline photo of Super Bowl V taken by legendary Electric Football designer Lee Payne. (Page design by Michael Kronenberg.)

More Than Just Electric Football….

It was 43 years ago today the Colts and Cowboys played in Super Bowl  V, a game that is now enshrined in football lore as the “Blunder Bowl.” While it may have been “Blunder-ful,” it was the first Super Bowl that was actually exciting for the neutral viewer to watch. The game was back and forth with interceptions, fumbles, and penalties (or penalties not called, in the case of John Mackey’s 75-yard touchdown catch). And with the game heading into the final minutes, it had something that no other Super Bowl ever had that late in a game – a tie score. The Colts’ Jim O’Brien broke the 13-13 tie with a last second field goal, giving the Colts their first Super Bowl title.  

The Lee Payne-designed 1971 Sears Super Bowl game. How much of Lee’s live sideline view of Super Bowl V did he put into the game?

In honor of Super Bowl V, we’re showing off pages 370-371 of The Unforgettable Buzz, which features a sideline photo of the actual game that was taken by legendary Tudor designer Lee Payne. The reason Lee Payne was on the sideline to was continue his quest to find ways to put realism into Electric Football. He knew that there was more to Tudor’s miniature football concept than paint jobs and logos. 

It’s a lesson from Lee Payne that we like to think we took to heart in putting together The Unforgettable Buzz. Yes, our book is about Electric Football, but the game didn’t exist in a vacuum. It was continually influenced by the world of football, both college and pro. And of course when we sit down to play Electric Football, we always take the outside “real” world and see it on our game.

The Unforgettable Buzz History of Electric Football Special TudorCON 14 Special Edition

Our Special TudorCON 14 Edition of The Unforgettable Buzz.

So throughout the The Unforgettable Buzz you will find images of real football games, like the one above that Lee Payne took of Super Bowl V. You will also find information about the pro and college football seasons for each year that we cover. Those outside events played an integral role in the evolution of Electric Football, and also our love of the game.

Lee Payne knew that there was no way to get the details of Electric Football “right” without accounting for what was going on beyond the vibrating gridiron. We quickly learned that to get the story of Electric Football right, we had to follow the same exact formula. 

See you next week at the TudorCON 14 Electric Football Convention in Philly!

Earl & Roddy

 

 

Electric Football Convention Countdown – 2 Weeks Until TudorCON 14!

A young Electric Football fan at the Chicago Convention in 1996 (he’s probably in college now).

Electric Football’s countdown continues…only two weeks until TudorCON 14 in Philadelphia. Hope you’ve made your plans. If not, what are you waiting for?? Electric Football history is at hand. TudorCON 14 is not an event to be missed.

The Unforgettable Buzz History of Electric Football Special TudorCON 14 Special EditionRoddy and I are going through our inventory, making sure we have our best pieces to display in Philadelphia. Of course we’re bringing our TudorCON 14 Special Edition of The Unforgettable Buzz to the convention. It looks amazing and will be available in a limited number.

We are so looking forward to meeting all of our new friends, and renewing our friendships with many of you who we first met nearly 20 years ago. Doug Strohm and Tudor Games are going all out for TudorCON 14. It should be an event to remember, one that will propel Electric Football into the future on a growing wave of positive vibrations.

The photo we used for this blog post is our favorite from Chicago. It illustrates what Electric Football is about for most of us — the wonder and the innocence.

See you in Philly. We can’t wait!!!

 

Earl & Roddy 

The Special TudorCON 14 Edition of The Unforgettable Buzz

The Unforgettable Buzz History of Electric Football Special TudorCON 14 Special EditionWe are proud to unveil the TudorCON 14 Special Edition of The Unforgettable Buzz.

Putting a book into mass production means making compromises. Those compromises are made in order to make the book easier and more affordable to produce. And while we are TOTALLY proud of the current version of The Unforgettable Buzz, we did end up with a “wish list” for a book without the production constraints we had to follow.

Obviously the book has a new cover. With TudorCON 14 happening in Philadelphia we couldn’t resist the chance to “localize” the book. So we now have a cover featuring a 1967 Tudor version Hall of Famer and former Eagles’ running back Ollie Matson carrying the ball against the Cowboys. As you can see, our original Lee Payne cover image — which we absolutely treasure — served as the template for this new cover.  

The other change is at the bottom. There we have the TudorCON 14 logo as well as “Designer’s Cut | Special Convention Edition.” This means the interior of the book is restored to exactly how our designer Michael Kronenberg originally “saw” it. Most of the compromises we made involved altering text and images away from Michael’s original design. Our Designer’s Cut leaves Michael’s inspired artistic vision for The Unforgettable Buzz totally intact.

Enhancing Michael’s vision in the Special Edition is a higher grade of paper, which not only produces sharper text and photos, it feels better on the fingertips. The ink quality has been upgraded too, resulting in the best looking images we’ve seen.

The Designer’s Cut is a true Premium Edition, and will be available in a limited quantity only at TudorCON 14. Each book will be numbered, and Roddy and I will gladly put our signatures inside (Michael, unfortunately, will be on official duty at the Film Noir Foundation gathering in San Francisco).

See you very soon in Philly!!!

 

Earl & Roddy

Countdown to TudorCON 14 — Electric Football History Is Just 3 Weeks Away!

Electric Football history will add another chapter in just 3 short weeks when TudorCON 14 — that’s shorthand for the Tudor Games Electric Football Convention -- gets underway in Philadelphia on Friday, January 24.

Tudor Games and Doug Strohm will be unveiling their ambitious plans for the future of Electric Football, which included a new line of games for 2014. All 3 divisions of tournament play — including 2 junior divisions — will be played on Tudor’s new 9081 Speedturf Fields. The will also be a well-stocked Tudor Games Store run by Warehouse Operations legend Margie Windsor.

Roddy and I will be there with the first historical display of Electric Football games and teams that we’ve done in 15 years. We’ll also have some special items this year that come directly from the collections of Electric Football inventor Norman Sas and legendary Tudor designer Lee Payne. And last, but not least, we will be bringing along a TudorCON 14 “Special Convention Edition” of The Unforgettable Buzz to Philadelphia.

Today (Friday January 3) is the last day to secure the special TudorCON 14 room rate at the Embassy Suites where the convention is taking place. So it’s definitely time register and reserve!

See you in Philly!!

 

Earl & Roddy

1996 Miggle Electric Football Convention

The Buzz display at the 1996 Electric Football Convention in Chicago.

Happy New Year From The Unforgettable Buzz!

Part of the back cover of the Special TudorCON 14 “Designer’s Cut” Edition of The Unforgettable Buzz.

A very Happy New Year to all of our Electric Football friends. We hope you’ve had a great time over the holidays, and had a chance to get some buzzin’ in. If not, we hope you did have a chance to think back to those days when the Greatest Games were played on your living room floor.

2013 was an incredible year for us because The Unforgettable Buzz finally got published! It had been in the works for so long it seemed like it was never going to happen. But it did, and your support of the first book ever written about Electric Football has been amazing. The Buzz succeeded beyond our wildest dreams!

We humbly “Thank You” from the bottom of our unsent Tudor order forms!! 

But we’re not just looking backward as the New Year begins. We are totally looking ahead in 2014 with all systems set to “full buzz.” In just a few weeks we’ll be at TudorCON 14 in Philadelphia, renewing treasured old Electric Football friendships and personally meeting many of our new Electric Football friends for the very first time!

We can’t wait. It’s going to be an epic event. Not only will we have a display of rare games and teams, we’re bringing something else to Philadelphia that we’re really proud of – a special TudorCON 14 edition of The Unforgettable Buzz. (More to come real soon…this Edition will only be available at the Convention.) We hope you’ve made your plans for TudorCON 14!

And beyond the Tudor Convention…we will have a COLOR Electric Football photo book ready for the fall of 2014. So it’s already shaping up as another “unforgettable” year. We hope you all stay along for the ride.

 

Earl & Roddy

 

 

Happy Holidays From The Unforgettable Buzz

It is with tremendous thanks that we send out this Holiday greeting. We have been truly humbled by the response to The Unforgettable Buzz this past year. In almost every way our expectations have been surpassed – we’ve had many “Christmas mornings” since the book was released in June. We’re not even sure that “surprise” and “wonder” capture what we’ve experienced over the last six months.

Electric Football is one of the most unique toys ever made, and the memories it created are ones that we treasure. That The Unforgettable Buzz has played a small part in helping readers relive those moments…again we are humbled. 

The story really belongs to the “toy men” who believed that the average kid would notice all the details — corner flags, field markings, double-decker stadiums, hand NFL painted teams, etc. — that were included in each game. Norman Sas, Lee Payne, Eddie Gluck, Brian Clarke, and Don Munro Jr. all played a part in creating the great memories we cherish. We hope their stories will be told for many Christmases to come. And we also hope that Doug Strohm of Tudor Games adds a totally new chapter to the Electric Football story.

So from all of us at the Buzz team, we’d like to wish everybody a very happy Holiday and a very Merry Christmas. We hope it includes some “buzzzzzing” too.

Earl, Roddy, & Michael