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After years of dancing around it, I finally fell into the ...

As long as I can remember, I've been intrigued by pinball.   Never super into it, but whenever I would come across one I would play it.   I never really knew what I was doing but I always found them fun to play. 

I'm a gadget guy.  I am a tinkerer.  I always need a project or a hobby.  As a kid I loved model trains and building car/airplane models.  I was an Atari/Intellivision/Colecovision/Ninendo/Sega enthusiast.  I play golf, but when kids came along, I went from playing a ton to only 2-3 times a year.  At one point I had several thousand CD’s.  I embarked on a project to digitize them all   > Read the full story...




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Old guy finds youth....costs a lot.

“Old guy finds youth....costs a lot.”

January 13th, 2021

About 6 years ago, I had a life event that caused me to re-evaluate a lot of stuff.   My kids are grown and relatively independent   > more...

The pinball disease

“The pinball disease”

January 12th, 2021

Doctor, it all began in the dusty lobby of a GoKart place, up near Sibbalds Point in Ontario.  You see, I was attending summer camp   > more...

My First Pin!  And all the folks who helped...

“My First Pin! And all the folks...”

January 7th, 2021

I met the woman I will probably eventually marry (as soon as the remainder of my will has crumbled and we've leared that an asteroid   > more...


Pinball Therapy

“Pinball Therapy”

January 3rd, 2021

Happy New Year! My name is Daniel Mecher, and I’m an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. I recently finished building a half-scale Rosie-the-Riveter-themed pinball machine as a   > more...

An eerie coincidence

“An eerie coincidence”

January 2nd, 2021

I went to a local antique shop a few months ago and noticed they had a Taxi pinball machine sitting in the employees-only section of   > more...

Losing a Pinball Machine

“Losing a Pinball Machine”

December 31st, 2020

Have you ever "lost" a pinball machine? I have, and I'll tell you about it as I give you some background into how I started   > more...




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ZOFIA RYAN JOINS AMERICAN PINBALL

American Pinball’s recruiting drive continues with the appointment of Zofia Ryan as their new Senior Mechanical Engineer. Zofia Ryan has a long history of mechanical design for the amusement and gaming industries but is perhaps better known in pinball circles by her maiden name, Zofia Bil. She was the first female mechanical engineer at Williams …   Read on...

KEEPING THE BALL ALIVE REVIEW

As one of the first in the UK to receive my copy of Keeping the Ball Alive – 30+ Years of Stern Pinball, Pinball News’s Editor, Martin, asked me if I would be interested in writing a review of the book. To fully appreciate this review first you need to understand the journey it has …   Read on...

DENNIS NORDMAN JOINS AMERICAN PINBALL

Famed pinball designer Dennis Nordman has joined Palatine-based pinball company American Pinball as their new Senior Game Designer. Dennis has been working in pinball since he joined Bally in the early ’80s to develop new cabinet designs. He created the cabinet and tank moulds for the Rapid Fire ball shooter game before getting his first …   Read on...

REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2020

At the end of last year’s review when looking ahead to 2020 we predicted, “This is going to be quite a ride“, and by just about any measure 2020 has been an extraordinary twelve months. What started out as a seemingly ordinary year soon turned into anything but. By mid-January the first tell-tale signs surfaced …   Read on...

ALIEN REMAKE ANNOUNCED

After years of rumours and weeks of teasing, the company Pinball Brothers has finally confirmed they will be producing a remake of the Heighway Pinball game, Alien. Pinball Brothers was the business formed by investors brought in to refinance Heighway Pinball. Their investment allowed Heighway Pinball to continue operations but ultimately the South Wales-based pinball …   Read on...


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