I suppose my interest in pins began way back in middle school located in a small town in Northeast Kansas (where I now reside). I use to frequent a laundry mat that had a helecopter game (nonpin machine) that cost a dime to play. It didn't really do much but whril around, but never-the-less I couldn't stop playing it. The same goes for those funky cranes at the carnivals that stopped in town every year. Those cost a dime as well. I raked in all kinds of 5¢ trinkets.
When our family moved to another small town when I became a freshman in high school, I dicovered a store (on a graveled Main St). that had two EM pinball machines. I'd get out of school and dart over there and play until I ran out of money I earned that summer picking up haybales. During this time a friend of mine would go crusing in another small town about 25 minutes away and play an old rickety EM pin that we manage to win game after game. I dont believe it was very well maintained.
As I went to college, I was exposed to even better pins. I was a second-semester freshman. My roommate and I would hit the student union and play a variety of pins. Mati Hari, Playboy and Paragon. When we ran short of money, we'd each play a flipper together as a team. It was an awesome time. This is when we noticed Galaga, Pac-Man and Joust video games appear. The culmination of my frequency to the college arcade room gain me experience enough to become the dorm pinball champion on that mean Paragon machine. The rewad being a lousey T-shirt that had enscribe "Pinball Champion" in black velvet letters on a yellow background. Ugh.
During a short hiatus from playing pins I would sometimes frequent bars and played here and there. It was at this time I had noticed how more sophisticated machines these pins became with added bells and whistles.
After I met my wife and told her of these tales she took it upon herself to purchase a pin for me to play at our townhouse in the mid-90s. When we moved to Phonix, I had to sell it. (I have been kicking myself ever since for doint that.) Now, for the life of me, I can't remember what name or manufacturer of this pin was. I know it had four isolated digital score displays on the top left, right and bottom right and left. There were three shoots at top followed by 3 bumbers cluster together near them below that. I recall it had an extra small flipper on the left side to hit targets on the right. I should of never sold this machine. And I'll be darned if I can remember the name. So, if anyone out there reading this trivial story — maybe you could narrow down the possiblilities, I would be very gateful. The color was light. It might have been because of fading. The box and back glass seemed light red or orangish to me — from what I recall. Just knowing what game it was would be a great realief. I keep hunting, trying to fire off my synapisis to no avail — so far. ;) I would know it if I saw it. That's for sure!
I am an artist/designer by trade and have 40 years invested in the dying newspaper business. I've done about every weird impossible job out there you could imagine when it came to art and design. I am going to use this experience and skill to make pins immaculate. It just seems like a natural fit for me.
Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed my little story.