Wow, how great to find this site! I first was fascinated by pinball when accompanying my parents to the local bowling alley. I was probably 11 or 12, watching the older kids play. Finally I started trying my own skill, which was horrible at first. But I kept trying, and started getting better. I remember machines like Gorgar and Paragon, As I got older, I got better. Playing machines anywhere I could, now the younger kids were watching me, and my friends were calling me "wizard". Always (almost) got the replay, often had to give my credits to someone else when I had to leave.
These days, I've been playing pinball simulations. Pinball Hall of Fame, Williams Collection is a great game for the PS2, with 8 great classic tables. Just recently I found Williams Pinball for iOS, with even more classic table. And the gameplay on these is so realistic! I'm going to have to see if I can find any good machines located near me, I've got the itch again!