Holy shit Billy Mitchell! Wow. I don't have any respect for the guy if he truly did cheat, but you can't deny that he had skills. His personality makes it easy to discredit him, but there is some small part of me that wants him to not be a cheater as well.
Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's cool you got to meet him.
Yeah, I'm on the same page regarding Billy Mitchell Taxi.
I don't think his playing at home and submitting a tape was fair, but I'm not sure if he actually thought he was really cheating either. But I guess the real issue is he was playing on ROMs via emulation and not the actual boards. (but I'm not exactly sure, didn't follow the story as well as I could I guess)
Of course none of it matters right now since all those scores have been beaten by other people at this point.
I consider him a heel, we have people like him in competitive pinball. The biggest joke is that they're amazing at what they do, but still feel compelled to cheat to save face or get a record or whatever. He was pretty friendly, and glad we were able to get a photo together. I also got a photo with the ref guy, Walter Day, of Twin Galaxies.
A few years back, Steve Weibe was at Mall of America as a promo event for the film Pixels, where they had a few DK cabs and he attempted to beat his record. He didn't, but it was still entertaining to watch.