Finding my dream Pinball Machine "Gottlieb Spirit of 76"

By cessnapilot89

July 21, 2022

This story got frontpaged on July 23, 2022

26 days ago

Well, it finally happened.  Through the wonderful people on Pinside I have now obtained my dream pin, the Spirit of 76.

The journey to this machine started when I was 9 or so when Dad got me Microsoft Pinball Arcade for my birthday.  He and I used to play on that for hours, and our usual favorite was the Spirit of 76. 

As I grew up, and started working in high school, I kept hoping to own my own machine.  Sadly whenever a Spirit of 76 would appear I eitehr could not afford it or had nowhere to put it.  This dream kind of came and  went as I got older, family priorities changed and my dream pin was put on the back burner.

This started to change in 2021 when I suddenly found myself single and with ample room for things.  Pacifc Pinball Museum had a playable project Royal Guard for sale. While not a popular machine or a Spirit of 76 I was happy to take a step in the right direction and have a machine I can play and learn to work on. 

Fast forward to March 2022, I and the Royal Guard moved to Nebraska.  Suddenly after updating my location, a local member introduced himself!  While exchanging information, I casually mentioned that one day I hope to find my dream pin, the Spirit of 76.  Lo and behold, he had one he was willing to part with!  Now, I have fulfilled a lifelong dream and am extremely happy playing pinball almost every night with my family and hope that my son will love it as much as I did.

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23 days ago

What a wonderful story! Glad you finally get to have the game of your dreams! ^_^

22 days ago

Great story thanks for sharing! Amazing how things like that work out

21 days ago

I like that. Good for you. Pinball connects people.

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