When I was 7 years old my father would get 2 weeks off from Campbell Hausfeld Foundry in Harrison, Ohio to go on vacation and we always traveled the country, especially out west and stayed at KOA campgrounds with a pool whenever possible. That year we found a KOA with a pool near Mt. Rushmore and it was too cold to swim. My father gave my sister and 10 bucks to keep us busy at the rec center. Little did I know I was about to discover my very first gameroom/arcade. When I walked in my eyes lit up like a gambling addict lookin into a casino. There along an entire wall were several pinball machines. I have no idea which ones they were, but I knew I wanted to play all of them after that first quarter dropped and the machine came to life. Needless to say I Grew up playing pinball machines and then once once video games came around I would alternate between the 2. A couple of my early favorites were high speed and the black night.
I joined the Air Force in 1985 and in 1986 I discovered Pinbot in a rec. center game room when I was stationed in northern Maine near Limestone at Loring Air Force base. We would all take a 12 pack to the rec. center and spend hours playing ping pong and alternating back to Pinbot on every Friday night. We all loved that pinball machine. Once we were good and hammered we'd head for the clubs in Grand Falls Canada. The French Canadian women were Fine but the French Canadian Indian women were even more Fine and they all spoke French and English. What a grand time literally...
I married in 2003 in Voss, Norway and in 2004 we moved into our 1st house. At this point is when I bought my 1st pinbot pinball machine and it has been in my house ever since.
West Harrison, IN
All PINBALL ROCKS!! Even at 56 years old...