In the mid 1900’s, when John was growing up the country was fighting World War I and the economy was lean. He got through the hard time selling shoestrings and gadgets on the corner of Lexington and Park Avenues. John’s nickname was Whitey. Whitey was an incredible opportunist. As time marched on he found his way to the local carnivals. He set up a booth and created unique midway games. His games always looked easy to win and the prizes were better than anyone else’s.He opened a joint on the notorious “block” calling it “The Penny Arcade.” IShooting galleyt featured the now tame hand crank peep show machine, two photo booths, three claw machines with naughty novelties, and the popular pinball machines with all the bells, lights, and buzzers. It wasn’t long before Johnny began to incorporate his carny background into the arcade.