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Bus Rides, the Airport and Pinball

   So it began in the summer of 77' when my parents took us kids to the bowling alley 7 miles from our house. while everybody (8 of us) were bowling. I was enamored with the sounds coming from the large room in the back. As a 7 year old I wondered over to that room that was filled with arcades and pinball. I damn near peed myself. I never seen anything like it. A dude playing Grand Prix said "hey kid, do you want to finish   > Read the full story...

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A Trip It Has Been

It all started where it currently takes place - Chicagoland. Something over the childhood years drew me to the technical side. Good at math, intrigued by physics, curiosity about logic and reasoning. Then, I serendipitously ended up in a drafting class in high school. I was going to be an engineer.

I started off towards the sun to learn how to be a professional. I studied in Arizona and built some sweat equity. The phone rang from Florida so I loaded   > Read the full story...

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“Searching for the unknown machine”

January 8th, 2022

I remember the caravan park my parents took us every summer having a small arcade with 4 machines and a bunch of other arcade machines   > more...



January 6th, 2022

I’d like to extend many, many thanks to PINSIDE and all PINSIDERS. PINSIDE has been my go-to site for a lot of the information in   > more...

Custom EM pin I built as a Junior in H.S.

“Custom EM pin I built as a Junio...”

January 2nd, 2022

As a Junior in HS, I designed and built a custom EM pin from scratch. My Father cut the cabinet wood on his table saw   > more...

Advice for posting

“Advice for posting "Pinball Mach...”

December 14th, 2021

Many of us from time to time are unable to locate a specific title we seek, so we post wanted ads in the forums. This   > more...

Queequeg's Qurse: A Journey from X-Files Obsessed to Pinball Obsessed

“Queequeg's Qurse: A Journey from...”

December 12th, 2021

At the beginning of 2021 I knew only two things about pinball: It was an easy way to spend a loonie at a bar, and if   > more...

About Me

“About Me”

December 9th, 2021

Grew up in the sticks, outside of OKC. Mom? Passed when I was three, combination of pneumonia and lymphoma. Dear old daddy up and disappeared   > more...

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Pinball news Headlines


Famed programmer and world-class pinball player Lyman Sheats Jr. has died at the age of 55. Born in 1966, after playing pinball in college Lyman got into the pinball business in 1993 at Data East where he worked on the game design and dot matrix display programming for titles such as Last Action Hero, The …   Read on...


Stern Pinball today revealed their latest cornerstone title, Rush, based on the popular and well-known Canadian rock band. The game is designed by John Borg with programming led by Tim Sexton. It includes sixteen of the band’s tracks as well as custom callouts recorded by band members Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Additional callouts come …   Read on...


Pinball lost one of its greatest supporters at the weekend when the founder and CEO of Marco Specialties, Marc Mandeltort, passed away at home. Marc’s passion for the game extended far beyond his parts and machine sales business, partnering with Stern Pinball to mount lavish and imposing display of their latest titles while also working …   Read on...


Top tournament players Bowen Kerins and Colin MacAlpine have joined pinball manufacturer Multimorphic to help develop rules for upcoming titles on the company’s P3 pinball platform. Fans of competitive pinball will be familiar with the new additions to the Multimorphic team as they are both multiple major tournament winners and regulars on the tournament circuit …   Read on...


A new officially-licensed conversion kit for the game Funhouse has been announced to bring new features, new rules, a new sound package, new artwork, a full-colour display and an animated Mystery Mirror to the popular 1990 Williams title. Pedretti Gaming, Team Pinball, FAST Pinball, PinSound and Planetary Pinball Supply have worked together to develop the …   Read on...

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Background Story

Played Charlie's Angels with college friends every day after supper at Penn State in 1979. April of 2021 I finally   >

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My first Genco

No joke, I went to an Estate sale in Rockford IL.to buy some military stuff and tools and walked in   >

Finally got a pinball machine

Finally got a pinball machine

Retired to Palm Springs area and when the Pinball Museum in Banning announced they were auctioning all the pinball machines   >

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The Art of Happiness with Pinball

Played pinball a lot in 1973 in Melbourne Fla during college at "Worlds Worst Pizza". Worked surveying offshore oil around the   >

New to Pinside,  long time collector

New to Pinside, long time collector

Glad to find the community.  I started collecting pins in the early 1990's.  I did the typical progression of starting   >

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Desert dweller. Sorceress. Pinball addict.

Growing up in the 80’s arcades were the place to be as a kid. When I was super little I’m   >

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Looking for a pinball machine for the family. I designed my own 4 player arcade machine and looking for a pinball   >

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Making Habitrails for Pinball Machines

I can recreate Habitrails, but I will need the original rail to copy from, or I will need a detailed   >



Pinball restoration (with a few arcades thrown in) is my passion, and has been something I've been a part of   >

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Playing the silver ball

My infatuation with pinball started when I was a kid in the 80's at the local shopping mall aracades and pizza   >

Metallica Pro support slide brackets

Metallica Pro support slide brackets

Just 20 min and a update to Metallica pro, now with decent support slide brackets, a must on in all   >

Pinball: A lifelong journey.

Pinball: A lifelong journey.

It all started for me as a little boy, we had just moved to Central Florida from just outside of   >

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