When it comes to Gene, if you ask 100 people, you get 100 different stories across a wide spectrum.
The bottom line is Gene is one of a small group of people who is responsible for pinball's resurgence. He never turned away from his love of pinball, and in doing so, contributed a lot to the hobby and the industry. Love him or hate him, he is one of the colorful characters that really made the industry interesting, and we are all better off because he has been around.
I wish Gene the best of luck. I'm happy that I had the privilege of spending time with him and sad that his collection is being liquidated. Having lived through Hurricane Katrina, I can attest that sometimes when it seems like you're losing everything, there is some new hope and peace in having a clean slate. I hope Gene and his family make the best of it and everything works out well.