Writing my story.
I started out playing pinball as my Dad was in the U.S. Air Force. So naturally, I had to follow him from base to base. Being a teenager, I hung out at the base cafeterias, the Officers Club (lucky me) and any location around the base that wasn't off limits.
Pinball was a big deal with the Airmen. A wholesome (!) activity, which was NOT gambling for the younger adults to play while waiting for a burger or just hanging out. I picked up on this cheap piece of entertainment, so while in Germany (near Frankfurt) I got to play all the new machines that the Air Force had contracted in for the cafes. I certainly remember EMs in the early 1970s, but for the life of me cannot think of any specific titles that I liked.
When we came back to the US I was again at a base in New Jersey where I was able to play those new Electronic versions. I particularly remember Buck Rogers and Sinbad because of the Blue Displays. Being a budding electronics geek, I gravitated towards that really new technology!
Played in college because I hung out at a fraternity. We had a connection with one of the brothers whose Uncle, Cousin, etc. provided the basement with a machine. They were mostly EMs but still fun. I can remember being mocked for draining the ball one time with the term "Hands of Clay." (You know, instead of Hands of Steel!)
Didn't pick up the hobby until I was going to get a Space Invaders for my family years later. The person had a Firepower and I thought that was the coolest idea, so the SI machine was upgraded. I was able to "hide" it in the garage until Christmas where it was presented to the family.
It's been downhill ever since... :)