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#1 1 year ago

Alvin J. Gottlieb, son of David and Dorothy Gottlieb passed away this morning at the age of 86. He is survived by four children, Laura, Daniel, Michael and Joseph as well as a large number of Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
I will post specifics for services as soon as I have them but it will be later this week in Oak Park, Il.
Words cannot describe the enormity of our loss. Dad was a true Gentleman. Kind and loving to all, he was happy and full of life all the way to the end


#2 1 year ago

May he R.I.P. I will be playing my Abra-ca-dabra and Atlantis in his honor today.

#3 1 year ago

A sad day in pinball...RIP Alvin

#4 1 year ago

Very sad news. My condolenses.

#5 1 year ago

RIP Alvin. You, your father and your family will always be remembered by your pinball family and friends. Thank you for all you did.

#6 1 year ago

I'll play a game on each of my Gottliebs today in his honor. RIP.

#7 1 year ago

A legend. Very sad day indeed.

#8 1 year ago

RIP Alvin.

#9 1 year ago

His life should be celebrated. May he rest in peace.

#10 1 year ago


My Gottliebs will get lots of play today

#11 1 year ago

Very sad regards to his family and my he continue on wherever he goes RIP

#12 1 year ago

Wow, terrible news. What a legend in the industry as well as a wonderful person! He will be missed.~SpOoKy

#13 1 year ago

My condolences. May we celebrate what he did for pinball! I will play the gottliebs on pinball arcade, as I sold my gottlieb games :*( I miss them.

#14 1 year ago

As many here have said I will follow suit - 1 game each on my 4 Gottliebs this evening - Hearts And Spades, Roller Coaster, Volley and Genie.

#15 1 year ago

Thanks for all of the great contributions to pinball.

#16 1 year ago

I'm glad I have a few Gottlieb pinball machines in my collection.
Good time to take a moment to reflect on life.
Some of the first pins I ever played were Gottlieb 70's e-m's.

#17 1 year ago

RIP Alvin Gottlieb. Magnotron will get much playing time tonight in your honor.

#18 1 year ago

Very sad times.
Condolences to his family.

History maker.

#19 1 year ago

RIP for a True Pinball Legend!
...glad he was still around to see Pinball make a comeback.

#20 1 year ago

His games have provided countless hours of joy so nice legacy,

Sad time for his family. Condolences.

#22 1 year ago

I am deeply sorry to hear this. Alvin will live on through the pinbally legacy he has left behind for all of us! I was just playing my Alvin G Mystery Castle and Gottlieb Big Shot last night. If it wasn't for the Gottlieb family business, I may have never got into pinball in the first place. RIP Alvin G!


#23 1 year ago

Another legend moves on. Rest in Peace, Alvin!

Most of my favorite games have the Gottlieb name attached to them. I may have to reconfigure what is coming to Expo in order to honor the Gottliebs.

#24 1 year ago

R.I.P Alvin..

#25 1 year ago

One of the greats. I, too, send my condolences.

Gonna have to play a few games on my Gottlieb Big Hit tonight in his honor.

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#27 1 year ago

Ow! That hurts to hear. My condolences to the family.

In the 1960's as a day dreaming kid in Elementary School, I would endlessly draw Pinball machine layouts.
i felt it was my career path then. Id fold them up and mail them off to Bally, Chicago Coin, and Gottlieb, among others.
Gottlieb was the only one to respond. (cant blame them for a 9 year old sending in "Pin 3000" pictures).
We had many exchanges, and met up in later years, he was a Gentleman, in the truest sense.
He will be missed.

Time for everyone to play on Gottlieb in his honor.

#28 1 year ago

R.I.P. Mr. Gottlieb. Like other's, I'll play my Genie in his honor.

#29 1 year ago

Think I will make playing gottliebs mandatory tonight for CT league in his honor.

#30 1 year ago

Mystery Castle and Pistol Poker sit in honor tonight of Alvin G's legacy...Thanks for the contributions to this great hobby.

#31 1 year ago

Sad, sad news. Only Gottliebs for me tonight. May he rest in peace.

#32 1 year ago

Rest in peace sir.

#33 1 year ago

May he RIP. Alvin produced machines that have brought a lot of
joy to a lot of people.

#34 1 year ago

Just getting into this hobby. Hope he knew how many peoples lives he delighted and will continue to delight in the future. RIP.

#35 1 year ago

No doubt an Icon for certain.
When playing Gottliebs tonight I'll be smiling in thanks and
raising my glass in honor of his wonderful contributions.


#36 1 year ago

Playing Pinball somewhere else !

#37 1 year ago

Terrible news, and right before Expo.

Thank you Alvin. Thank you for all you did for pinball.

LTG : )

#38 1 year ago

....many a fine day playing brand new Gottlieb's, like Strange World or Jet Spin at the pinball arcade in Sherway gardens in Toronto. Nothing better then a sparkling Gottlieb from the 1970s. Jpop

#39 1 year ago

Rest in peace, Alvin. Thanks for all the great games and for all that you did for pinball.

#40 1 year ago

Going to play my system 1 in honor tonight.

#41 1 year ago

Rest in peace

#42 1 year ago

ah man ... just before expo too

My condolenses

#43 1 year ago

His work will live on. Thank you for all the great innovations you brought to the amazing world of pinball. Rest in peace.

#44 1 year ago

Rest in Peace Mr. Gottlieb. I know you have been ill for awhile. I hope you did not suffer too much.
Your son has been doing a fine job at Bally.

#45 1 year ago

Rest in peace.

#46 1 year ago

Very Sad news.

#47 1 year ago

Well, I tried to play my Haunted House in memoriam, but it locked up before I finished the first game. )-:

#48 1 year ago

RIP for a pinball legend.

#49 1 year ago

RIP... will play some Gottleibs at Expo if I can to enjoy the fruits of his legacy!

#50 1 year ago

He made his mark on the world.
RIP sir.

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