Great Job, Internet!: Read This: The man who invented Whac-A-Mole has fallen on hard times

Whac-A-Mole has been a mainstay of carnivals, midways, arcades, and pizza parlors for some four decades. But now, Aaron Fechter, who describes himself as the inventor of that game (the current copyright holders say otherwise), is feeling a bit like one of those unfortunate mechanical animals, having been beaten down rather harshly by the giant mallet of life. Fechter is also the avowed creator of the Rock-Afire Explosion, the all-animal animatronic rock band from Showbiz Pizza restaurants, winning him a permanent place in the hearts of 1980s kids. But today, as detailed in an intriguing story by Peter Rugg in Popular Mechanics, Fechter sorely needs to prove that there are indeed second acts in American lives. His problems began with a costly warehouse explosion in Orlando back in 2013, an accident that wiped out his bank account and antagonized a neighboring charity. In 2016, Aaron Fechter is pinning his hopes …

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