Stories written by BillVolckening

pinball: stranded on Gilligan's Island in the pandemic

March 29 - pinball: stranded on Gilligan's Island in the pandemic

So there we were, stranded at home at the beginning of the pandemic. All the arcades were closed, indefinitely, and ...

pinball: fast forward, our first tournament wins

January 7 - pinball: fast forward, our first tournament wins

Many things happened between my last Pinside entry and the present day. Linda and I rediscovered our love of pinball, ...

pinball: out on the town in PDX

February 23, 2022 - pinball: out on the town in PDX

After my heart attack, I didn't go anywhere near a pinball machine for a long time. Pinball kind of triggered ...

pinball: the cardiac club

January 26, 2022 - pinball: the cardiac club

February 18th, 2016. That's when I played what could've been my last game of pinball.  The day's events began with lunch ...

pinball: SHOWTIME!

January 20, 2022 - pinball: SHOWTIME!

Pinball in Portland was pretty dead in the new millennium, as far as I was concerned. Little did I know, ...

pinball: the dirty little secret

October 11, 2021 - pinball: the dirty little secret

There were several long periods of time in my life when there was no pinball to be found. There was ...

pinball: my new obsession

September 5, 2021 - pinball: my new obsession

Twelve years after Xenon and Silverball Mania were unceremoniously ousted from the snack bar at Peddie, I was back in ...

pinball: the worst day of my life

August 28, 2021 - pinball: the worst day of my life

September 1980. At age 14, I moved away from home and attended the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. Peddie is ...

pinball: seven years later (1978)

June 10, 2021 - pinball: seven years later (1978)

Seven years after playing my first pinball machine, all the coin-op machines were gone from the boathouse at True's Camps ...

pinball: first contact (1971)

May 7, 2021 - pinball: first contact (1971)

Every summer our family drove from New Jersey to Rangeley, Maine, where we spent two weeks together at the lake. ...



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