Let's go back in time for a minute...
It was Friday November 2nd 2001. The US president at the time was George W. Bush. Chances were high that you would hear Lose Yourself by Eminem on the radio. Cinemas were playing The Pianist and Panic Room and on TV people were watching a brand new CSI Miami (and also the first season of Top Gear). And if you liked videogames you were probably playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
...And Pinball fans were looking at the freshly released Stern game: RollerCoaster Tycoon. Remember the troll? Oof, me too.
But much more happened that day... Somewhere in the morning, around 11am. After weeks of brainstorming for a cool name, I decided on registering the domain name Pinside.com. I had started building my own solid state pinball database a little while earlier and was now looking to turn it into a news and discussion site about pinball. Hosted from an old server in my garage,
I worked on the site for every free evening I had. Pinside.com officially launched on November 18th 2002, almost a year later:
Yeah, nice choice on the colours, I know!
You can still browse around the old site via the Wayback machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20030401090929/http://www.pinside.com:80/home.asp
Fast forward 16 years and here we are today, with over 52,793 members and a gazillion posts (okay, actually I just counted them and there are 4,695,313) we are still going strong!
Anyways, someone reminded me of this milestone (thanks Fairground) and I decided to make a little celebration out of it. You don't turn 16 every day