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Happy 100th Birthday- WAYNE NEYENS!


By jrpinball

8 months ago



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    #1 8 months ago

    Tomorrow, July 29, 2018, the legendary designer Wayne Neyens (pictured in my own Pinside avatar) turns 100 years old! Join me in wishing him a heartfelt happy birthday, with continued blessings in the future. Wayne is enjoying good health, and still has amazing recollection of his years designing games for Gottlieb. Here's an IPDB link which lists the games which were designed by this electro-mechanical genius. https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?searchtype=advanced&ppl=Wayne%20Neyens
    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAYNE- May you continue to be blessed with good health for many more years! We all love you and thank you for the wonderful pinball legacy we still happily enjoy today!

    #2 8 months ago

    Happy 100TH birthday Wayne! I love my Spirit of 76!

    #3 8 months ago
    Quoted from wolftownjeff:

    Happy 100TH birthday Wayne! I love my Spirit of 76!

    Amazing story about that game as Wayne predicted it would sell 10,000 units. He was laughed at at the time, but when number 10,000 rolled off the line, it was presented to the man himself. I believe he still has it to this day.

    #4 8 months ago

    Kings and Queens is one of my favorite EMs. I like the ball walker so much that I have an idea to reuse the concept in a different way someday.

    #5 8 months ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    Kings and Queens is one of my favorite EMs. I like the ball walker so much that I have an idea to reuse the concept in a different way someday.

    I sent this photo to Wayne just a little while ago.

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    #6 8 months ago

    A big Happy 100th Birthday to Wayne indeed!

    Thanks for all the EM pinball fun you help create that we still enjoy to this day!

    Now you can eat your cake and play some pinball too!

    Ken

    #7 8 months ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne. What an incredible achievement, long live the King!

    #8 8 months ago

    everyone go check out the interview with the legend himself on the E.M. dungeon feature of the spooky pinball podcast! its well worth the time, and I think we all kind of of owe it to him, he is a pillar of the pinball world.

    Happy Birthday Sir, Thank you for making this hobby so great for so many great years!!!!

    #9 8 months ago

    I just realized that I'm getting my first E.M. tomorrow!!! Its not a Wayne creation, but any E.M. always makes me think of all the great innovations that Mr. Neyens invented. So that's how I'm celebrating his Bday.

    I say that That July 29th now be know as National E.M. day! or National Flipper day!!!!

    #10 8 months ago

    Happy 100th Wayne! Amazing pinball career and legacy!

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    #11 8 months ago

    Happy 100th birthday Wayne Neyens!!! A pinball legend!

    #12 8 months ago

    Wow! 100 years old. Congratz! Happy Birthday!

    #13 8 months ago

    If we are judged not by 'what we do' but by 'what we leave' Wayne Neyens is an icon and it is such great news that he continues good health. In a visit to Michael Shalloub a couple of years back I had the privilege to speak on the telephone briefly to Wayne and was struck by his humbleness, continuing interest in the hobby and particularly his charm. Just a wonderful individual.

    #14 8 months ago
    Quoted from wayner:

    If we are judged not by 'what we do' but by 'what we leave' Wayne Neyens is an icon and it is such great news that he continues good health. In a visit to Michael Shalloub a couple of years back I had the privilege to speak on the telephone briefly to Wayne and was struck by his humbleness, continuing interest in the hobby and particularly his charm. Just a wonderful individual.

    I tried calling him today, but his phone was understandably busy. My brother did get through to him earlier, and reported that he's in excellent health, and is even still driving an automobile!

    #15 8 months ago

    Don't forget this excellent podcast 11 years ago... where he was a special guest with clay... scroll down to episode 30...
    http://www.pinrepair.com/topcast/past.php
    Happy birthday Wayne!

    #16 8 months ago

    Pretty poor quality photos, but this card was sent to Wayne.

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    #17 8 months ago

    He also received a "Spirit of '76" neon clock.

    #18 8 months ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne...have a flippin' good day!!

    #19 8 months ago

    Happy birthday Wayne!

    #20 8 months ago

    Happy birthday Wayne! My how the years keep flying by.

    I guess I'll mix up a drink and play a few games of Frontiersman in your honor. Not like I don't do that every night anyway. Let's see, that one's 63 years old now and still one of the all time classics. Pure genius in design. Thanks!

    #21 8 months ago

    I will have to play a few games on his pins at CAEX today. Cover Girl and Sweet Hearts
    are 2 of my favorite pins, to name a few of many.
    Happy Bday Wayne, hope you got another decade in ya.

    #22 8 months ago

    Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Wayne Neyens!!!

    #23 8 months ago

    I was working on a Buckaroo today, and played my Flipper Parade. Then discovered it was Mr Neyens' 100th birthday. I hope I'm still playing his games when I'm 100!

    #24 8 months ago

    A non-Pinsider asked me to post this greeting for Wayne.

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    #25 8 months ago

    He designed the first game I ever played a 63 Gaucho that my cousins owned when I was around 9 or so I've been hooked ever since. I hope he has a wonderful birthday and many more.

    #26 8 months ago

    I understand Wayne is the guy who gave us the pop bumper spoon switch.

    Happy birthday, Wayne!

    You've done so much for the pinball world over the years. Thank you!

    #27 8 months ago

    Happy birthday, Wayne! Thanks for all you’ve done for pinball!

    #28 8 months ago

    It feels so good having Wayne Neyens present in the year 2018 to wish him a Happy 100th Birthday! May he have many more to come. Yesterday I played my Buckaroo, Sweet Hearts, Show Boat and North Star in his honor.

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    #29 8 months ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne. I unfortunately only own Ed Krynski games out of my wedgeheads, excepting Atlantis which is Jeff Brenner. Maybe some day I'll get one of his wonderful creations.

    Us EM guys are getting older and we need to hang on to all of us that we can.

    #30 8 months ago

    It's great to have a big part of pinball history still with us..
    I'm outdoors pretty much non-stop during the Summer, but
    today I'm going to make it a point to play a few of the 60s
    Wedge Heads.. "Very Happy Birthday!"

    #31 8 months ago

    happy birthday wayne. here's to 100 years of health, wealth and happiness and many more in the future years to come

    thank you for everything that you've done to make pinball what it is today!

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    #32 8 months ago

    I had the absolute honor of joining Wayne Neyens for his 100th birthday celebration.

    Much can and has been said about his amazing designs, sharp engineering mind, and beautiful games - more than I can articulate here.

    Wayne is a marvel in more ways than one:
    1) Building games as quickly as possible to try to keep all the factory workers on the line. People mean a lot to Wayne and it shows.
    2) A troubleshooting master - his understanding of the circuits he designed is still as sharp as can be.
    3) A centenarian
    4) A true gentleman, humble, always kind and helpful to all around him.
    5) An excellent pinball player (yes, even at 100 years old!)

    One small story that means a lot to me from the celebration -
    The afternoon before his birthday, we gathered to play his beautiful Spirit of '76 (if you are not aware of that story, please, listen to the interview with Wayne at http://foramusementonly.libsyn.com/episode-392-interview-with-wayne-neyens-01-18-2017).

    The top qualifier got to play against the man himself! Friendly competition ensued and I was able to make a high score after several attempts. The suggestion was made to take the top three finishers and face off against the master. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience - to play pinball with -the- Wayne Neyens. He got double my score! It was incredible to watch him play.

    Wayne has given me a gift that I can never repay. His games have stood the test of time, his kind spirit and friendly nature are an inspiration.

    Thank you, Wayne, for everything you have done and continue to do for pinball, and for the world.

    -Nick

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    #33 8 months ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    I had the absolute honor of joining Wayne Neyens for his 100th birthday celebration.
    Much can and has been said about his amazing designs, sharp engineering mind, and beautiful games - more than I can articulate here.
    Wayne is a marvel in more ways than one:
    1) Building games as quickly as possible to try to keep all the factory workers on the line. People mean a lot to Wayne and it shows.
    2) A troubleshooting master - his understanding of the circuits he designed is still as sharp as can be.
    3) A centenarian
    4) A true gentleman, humble, always kind and helpful to all around him.
    5) An excellent pinball player (yes, even at 100 years old!)
    One small story that means a lot to me from the celebration -
    The afternoon before his birthday, we gathered to play his beautiful Spirit of '76 (if you are not aware of that story, please, listen to the interview with Wayne at http://foramusementonly.libsyn.com/episode-392-interview-with-wayne-neyens-01-18-2017).
    The top qualifier got to play against the man himself! Friendly competition ensued and I was able to make a high score after several attempts. The suggestion was made to take the top three finishers and face off against the master. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience - to play pinball with -the- Wayne Neyens. He got double my score! It was incredible to watch him play.
    Wayne has given me a gift that I can never repay. His games have stood the test of time, his kind spirit and friendly nature are an inspiration.
    Thank you, Wayne, for everything you have done and continue to do for pinball, and for the world.
    -Nick
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    A truly amazing man, and a genuine living legend. I only hope that I get the chance to meet him personally some day.

    #34 8 months ago

    Happy 100th, Wayne!

    Love my K. C. Jones!

    ... and my Straight Shooter! Almost finished shopping my Sittin' Pretty! Have a Joker! Just picked up a Slick Chick!

    Game on!

    #35 8 months ago

    Do not lose that beer gut, as I am sure that is what is keeping him alive.

    #36 8 months ago

    Happy 100th! Wayne. Wow! You entered the world in 1918, before pinball was even invented. Now, due to your hard work have helped create a pastime, hobby, and amusement that has put a smile on millions of faces, worldwide. Thank you, Wayne.

    #37 8 months ago

    Happy 100th!

    What a great picture - pinball keeps you young at heart

    #38 8 months ago

    Wow
    Quite the milestone

    What does he say is the secret to his longevity?

    Just curious....

    Happy 100th Birthday

    #39 8 months ago

    Happy birthday!

    #40 8 months ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    The afternoon before his birthday, we gathered to play his beautiful Spirit of '76

    I never knew it was Wayne who started the pinball fashion trend of guys wearing cargo shorts to pinball events.
    Nowadays you see tons of guys wearing cargo shorts at pinball festivals/expos.

    #41 8 months ago

    One of my fondest memories was meeting him at Expo and getting him to sign my Majorettes flyer, which hangs on my office wall.

    Happy 100th Birthday to a true giant and gentleman of the pinball world!!

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    #42 8 months ago

    Wayne Neyens. Design legend. Best selling 50's machine: Royal Flush with 3400 sold. Bset Selling 60's machine: Gaucho with 5350 sold. Spirit of 76, 10300 sold. Ipdb has 180 machines accredited to him.

    Thanks Mr Neyens.

    #43 8 months ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    I had the absolute honor of joining Wayne Neyens for his 100th birthday celebration.
    Much can and has been said about his amazing designs, sharp engineering mind, and beautiful games - more than I can articulate here.
    Wayne is a marvel in more ways than one:
    1) Building games as quickly as possible to try to keep all the factory workers on the line. People mean a lot to Wayne and it shows.
    2) A troubleshooting master - his understanding of the circuits he designed is still as sharp as can be.
    3) A centenarian
    4) A true gentleman, humble, always kind and helpful to all around him.
    5) An excellent pinball player (yes, even at 100 years old!)
    One small story that means a lot to me from the celebration -
    The afternoon before his birthday, we gathered to play his beautiful Spirit of '76 (if you are not aware of that story, please, listen to the interview with Wayne at http://foramusementonly.libsyn.com/episode-392-interview-with-wayne-neyens-01-18-2017).
    The top qualifier got to play against the man himself! Friendly competition ensued and I was able to make a high score after several attempts. The suggestion was made to take the top three finishers and face off against the master. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience - to play pinball with -the- Wayne Neyens. He got double my score! It was incredible to watch him play.
    Wayne has given me a gift that I can never repay. His games have stood the test of time, his kind spirit and friendly nature are an inspiration.
    Thank you, Wayne, for everything you have done and continue to do for pinball, and for the world.
    -Nick
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    wow........ that's amazing!!!

    #44 8 months ago

    Hope I'm playing pinball at 100, wait a sec that will be the year 2084. I'll play some Robotron too!

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    #46 8 months ago

    From the article: Queen of Hearts, released in 1952, is his favorite game, he said. "Not because it was the greatest game we had, but because it had the greatest circuit in it. It had a circuit in it that was fantastic,” Neyens said. “I dreamed it up on a Sunday afternoon, and I thought, ‘I wonder if I could draw that circuit.’ I thought if you could draw that circuit, you would have to be a genius.

    I'm not familiar with Queen of Hearts. Does anyone know what circuit or feature he's referring to? If so, can you describe it?

    #47 8 months ago
    Quoted from MarkG:

    I'm not familiar with Queen of Hearts. Does anyone know what circuit or feature he's referring to? If so, can you describe it?

    It is the ball return circuit under the playfield - the complexity involved is similar to the bingo trough logic. Aside from the schematic drawing, there are also timing issues electrically/mechanically as certain switches have to close at particular times. I've never worked on one, but after speaking with Wayne in that interview, I ordered a schematic.

    #48 8 months ago
    Quoted from MarkG:

    I'm not familiar with Queen of Hearts. Does anyone know what circuit or feature he's referring to? If so, can you describe it?

    He discusses this in-depth in Pinball Magazine No. 5, available early September

    #49 8 months ago
    Quoted from unigroove:

    He discusses this in-depth in Pinball Magazine No. 5, available early September

    I've been waiting for that issue to come out. How can I get one?

    #50 8 months ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    I've been waiting for that issue to come out. How can I get one?

    There will be some news on that soon, stay tuned

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