My pinball addiction started when I was a fairly small kid. In the mid-80s, there was a skating rink in my home city, it had a mid-70's style pinball machine, with no ramps . . . only targets. I wish I could remember what machine it was now. At 25 cents a play, I must have dumped $100 in that sucker over the course of going to the skate rink once or twice a month for close to three years. When I was about eleven, the machine was gone.
Around ages ten through fourteen, or so, I was a HUGE Doctor Who fan. I watched, and taped, every episode, read books, listened to books on tape, bought magazines and anything else I could get my hands on. Fanatical. My father had a friend that owned an arcade. The friend was getting out of the arcade business and going into the video poker business and so the friend gave him his NIB demo version Doctor Who machine, which was then quickly given to me as the ultimate toy for the ultimate Doctor Who fan. To this day, that machine sits in my office and is regularly played.
Doctor Who was my only machine for 15 years, then I bought a Family Guy...after that purchase the collection fever took off with me. I was honored when a few years ago Robin offered me a moderator spot. Moderating Pinside is one of my favorite things to do.
My wife, PavBall on Pinside is quickly becoming a better player than me. I'm proud of her! :-)