My Pinball Timeline

By hipsmart

August 29, 2016

7 years ago

I first remember becoming interested in pinball in high school, when a friend and I discovered a Black Knight 2000 machine at the bowling alley in the Chicago suburb where we grew up, but my obsession really blossomed at the University of Illinois, where I spent most lunch breaks at the student union playing Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure and World Cup Soccer. After that, I would always look favorably on dropping a couple of quarters whenever I ran across a machine, but didn't think much of it. Once arcade bars started opening in Chicago, it became a fun thing to do from time to time.

I moved to Portland, Maine, in 2015, and after a little bit I discovered Arcadia National Bar, which had an impressive lineup of machines. Once I found out they had a weekly pin-golf tournament, I was totally re-hooked, and wound up meeting a lot of nice people. I've just moved to Connecticut in mid-2016, and I'm casting about for how to continue. I've heard that a neighbor has three machines, and I'm looking in to the New England Pinball League.

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