My love of pinball started in the early 70s when I used to go to Dream Machine in the Methuen Mall. Methuen is in Massachusetts and it borders New Hampshire. The mall is no longer there. It's now a movie theatre with some eateries. Most people prefer to shop just over the border in New Hampshire to avoid Mass sales tax, but I digress. Pinball! I loved the connection to The Who! and Tommy and Elton John when I was a kid. I used to play the Captain Fantastic pin. Other favorites included Kiss and Playboy and Superman. Those were all 70s machines. In the 80s, I enjoyed Black Knight, Space Shuttle, Comet, F-14 Tomcat, and Pinbot. The 90s were the best! There was an explosion of great pinball! Funhouse, Bride of Pinbot, Gilligan's Island, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Addams Family, Creature from the Black Lagoon, White Water, Twighlight Zone (which I now own), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Demolition Man, Junkyard... I played many more, but these tended to be my favorites. I've typically favored Bally/Williams machines. Of course they got out of the pinball business around 2000. It was about a week after I had purchased my Twighlight Zone machine. Gotlieb/Stern machines never seemed to match the quality of the Bally/Williams machines, and pinball went into a bit of a decline as they achieved their last man standing monopoly. I've played a few Jersey Jack machines. The Wizard of Oz ranks up there as one of the best machines ever, IMO. As always, I look forward to the future, and get nostalgic about the past.
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