Since childhood I always loved pinball. Played Buccaneer and Soccer at the corner store and bowling alley, to Solar City and Space Mission in teen years, always enjoying the game.
My big break came in 1980 when I started working at Bally/Banner. I recall uncrating Rally-X 002 and *low* three digit serial number Pac-Man units. Played one of the first Flash Gordon prototypes which had the "Sounds Plus" and "Vocalizer" from Xenon. It had me at "Flash!" and I had to have that game. Eventually purchased a nearly-new FG. Serviced games for Banner and other operators around the Pittsburgh area until 1986, eventually selling off my collection of twelve pins.
However, I kept Flash Gordon and eventually the wife wanted an Elektra. Been maintaining and repairing my games for over thirty years. With the current popularity of pinball, I have decided to get back into the game of service and expand the collection a little.