I grew up in Wisconsin, playing add-a-balls since replays were illegal here. I recall being somewhat of a prodigy, oftimes rolling them over. Many fond memories of hanging with Dad at the bar, back in those carefree days when such a thing was acceptable.
Then when replays became legal, I remember leaving credits on games many, many times.
Fast forward to college in Phoenix, where I spent a lot of time at the arcade banging away on Black Knight.
After graduating and working for a while, I had Dann Frank find a BK for me and fix it up. Man, it was blown out to begin with, but it turned out pretty nice. Then I found a Gorgar at an estate sale.
That was it for a long time; I brought them along when I moved back to Wisconsin. Those games are now stored away awaiting the refurb they deserve, but my wife decided I needed my Holy Grail pin, a Funhouse, for Xmas 2008. Then I found a sweet Stargate on the local CL, and then a decent WH2O before that title's price exploded. That was going to be about it for pinballs, but...
I lost my wife to a car wreck in February 2010. Without her "input," I have bought 22 more pins since. I now know there is no such thing as ghosts, or she would be haunting me over what our home has become. I'd rather have her back, of course, but it is some compensation. It was her fault for getting me back into pinballs anyway! :)