It all started Madison, WI when I was 15. I was interested in electronics and frequented the Radio Shack in town. A guy I knew there said he had a pinball machine that looked good with spaceman graphics that didn't work and I could have it for $100 delivered. I took a chance and said yes, and the next thing you know I had a beautiful Gottlieb Target Alpha in the basement. It didn't take me long to get it working and I was instantly hooked. I bought another non-working but nice Gottlieb Bank Shot for $75 and fixed that one up as well. This machine made me fall in love Gottlieb single player AABs and I still think they are the Gottlieb EMs from the 60s and 70s are best pinball machines ever made.
But then I turned 16 and it was all about cars and girls, so I sold both my machines, took the $1000, and bought my first car. I've recently picked my pinball hobby back up and now I own over a dozen Gottlieb single player AABs - include my beloved Bank Shot. I feel they are the best EMs for home play and they all have low production numbers (<1000) which make them very collectible. ItIt;'s rewarding to work on them and play them, or and just sit in my arcade and admire the gorgeous artwork from a nostalgic era gone bye.