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Vol. 47, No. 4, April 2007

Vending Features
PA Healthy Vending Venture Promotes State Agriculture
Emily Jed
HARRISBURG, PA — Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff recognized National Agriculture Day by presenting a vending machine that offers quality “Pennsylvania Preferred” products to the Cumberland Valley High School (Mechanicsburg)...

Music and Games Features
ASI FIRST REPORT: Show Sees More Buyers, Exhibitors And FEC Visitors
Marcus Webb
LAS VEGAS — After two years in Chicago, the Amusement Showcase International returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center for a successful March 28-30 run. With slightly fewer participants than last year, the 2007 edition saw an increase in exhibitors and booth space as well as a 10% jump in buyers. The show featured a solid lineup of new jukebox products, video games, redemption units, merchandisers and novelties, as well as successful fundraisers and social events...

Coin-Op Trade Mourns A Charismatic Leader: Bill Cravens, 64, Is Remembered For Numerous Achievements
Marcus Webb
LAS VEGAS — Bill Cravens died the morning of March 29 in his Las Vegas hotel room during the Amusement Showcase International. The well-known industry leader suffered from complications caused by diabetes. Word of his death came as a shock to countless friends and colleagues at the trade show later that day. He was 64...

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending Expert Suggests Practical Options To Rectify Premium Pricing
Hank Schlesinger
APPLETON, WI — Peter Becker of What’s Up LLC is something of an expert when it comes to the topic of increasing vend prices. Several years ago, he helped pioneer the concept of premium merchandise as the industry transitioned to the 50¢ vend, and his firm introduced some of the first electronic items in non-mix varieties with its Blinky Rings product line...

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Knowing The Territory
Tim Sanford
Vending operators always have known that they must please two groups of customers. They must sell their services to one group, the location, before they can sell their products to the people who actually will consume them...By TIM SANFORD

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Bill Cravens Personified The Industry
Marcus Webb
VT publisher Alicia Lavay-Kertes refers to the passing of industry icon Bill Cravens as “the end of an era.” It certainly feels that way. Cravens, an outsized personality who died in his sleep during last month’s Amusement Showcase International, personified the U.S. amusements industry in countless ways...By MARCUS WEBB

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: Everyone – Young And Old – Can Benefit From Mentors.
Alicia Lavay
It finally dawned on me… I can’t do everything myself. Oh, the pressures we put on ourselves when running a business in our quest for perfection...By ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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