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Pinball CHANGED MY LIFE

How Pinball made me who I am today.     Williams HOLLYWOOD Pinball, 1961 & MY LIFE: 

    The story of my Williams ‘HOLLYWOOD’ pinball machine goes WAY BACK and here is a short version of the story, of how it changed my whole life. 

    I was about eight or nine years old, back around the time of Woodstock (the late 60's) and the neighbor across the street was a friend of my older brother. His father worked for a ‘music company’ (jukeboxes?)  and they had this machine in their basement that they received after it was removed from it’s original ‘doing business, on location placement’ through his fathers’ business. The sticker   > Read the full story...




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Hi there pin-dudes!

“Hi there pin-dudes!”

August 28th, 2017

Based in R'dam I'm a pinball novice. We have a pinball museum overhere and I haven't even been there yet. I do like pinball though but my history is pretty short in comparison to some of you. We used to have   > more...

High Score at 20,000 Feet

“High Score at 20,000 Feet”

August 25th, 2017

High Score at 20,000 Feet Twilight Zone was a pin that had always gotten the best of me. Despite being a Lawlor fanatic, the basic flow and geometry of the machine was beyond me. It had defeated me, before that day. From   > more...

Story of a pinball addict: Going full tilt for years

“Story of a pinball addict: Going...”

August 16th, 2017

My fascination with pinball started about the time I began pestering my dad for loose change. What dimes and quarters didn't find their way into gumball and candy machines were plunked into pinball games. At the mall. At the bowling alley.   > more...


Ball saved, shoot again!

“Ball saved, shoot again!”

August 13th, 2017

My father brought Gottlieb's Mustang home in 1982, and it was the most fascinating toy I'd ever seen. I still marvel at it to this day. Coining local machines to earn a knocker crack became a pillar of my childhood in the 80's, persisting into the   > more...

How i was turned into a pinball player

“How i was turned into a pinball ...”

July 18th, 2017

My first pinball experience was - well, with a software pinball simulation named "David's Midnight Magic" in the year 1985. My father showed it to me on our home game computer "C64" and he teached me how to play that   > more...

Bought My Abra Ca Dabra In 1982

“Bought My Abra Ca Dabra In 1982”

July 13th, 2017

Gottlieb released AbraCaDabra while I was in high school and it quickly became my favorite machine. When the Surf Side Arcade in Rehobeth Beach, DE put the game for sale, I used the money I had gotten for a college   > more...




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RETROVOLT

The Retrovolt arcade provides a return to the pre-redemption days of wholesome family amusements with its twenty-three pinballs and assorted classic video games, as John Brothers reports.   Read on...

PINTASTIC 2017

If nothing else, you've got to admire the name. But fortunately there a lot more to like about this Georgetown pinball arcade/bar, including a fine selection of both games and refreshments.   Read on...

FLIP FLIP, DING DING

If nothing else, you've got to admire the name. But fortunately there a lot more to like about this Georgetown pinball arcade/bar, including a fine selection of both games and refreshments.   Read on...

SILVER BALL PLANET PINBALL ARCADE UPDATE

We've covered the Silver Ball Planet before thanks to our roving reporter John, but now Stefan Riedler from RS-Pinball has visited and updates the game selection while providing detailed instructions on how to get there.   Read on...

MAIN STREET AMUSEMENTS

Another update to an earlier review sees M.G. Brown visiting Main Street Amusements in Lafayette, Indiana where he takes the opportunity to check out some local delicacies.   Read on...


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