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Happy 101st birthday Wayne Neyens!

By unigroove

1 year ago

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  • Latest reply 6 months ago by Giulio
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    #1 1 year ago

    Happy birthday to Gottlieb pinball designer Wayne Neyens, who reached the respectable age of 101 years old today!
    To read all about Wayne's most interesting career in pinball, including his 180 pinball designs and much more, check out Pinball Magazine No. 5.

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    #2 1 year ago

    Wow, what a living legend!! Happy Birthday to Mr. Neyens! Someone go read him some Pinside birthday comments!

    #3 1 year ago

    In addition to my original post: I talked to Wayne about an hour ago. He's still in decent shape, although he started walking with a cane for better balance. He's still living on his own, still driving his car, doing his own shopping, cooking his own meals. Today, he had about 12 people come over for lunch to celebrate his birthday. He also received about a dozen phone calls and a bunch of postcards from people wishing him a happy birthday.

    #4 1 year ago

    Awesome! I have so much respect for the early designers! We can all hope to be as vibrant at his age.

    #5 1 year ago

    Long live Wayne!

    Here's a great informational video featuring the man himself.

    #6 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday to a living pinball legend. 101 & still going strong - awesome!

    #7 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday to "The Man" Going to play Stage Coach in your honor!!

    #8 1 year ago

    Happy birthday Mr. Neyens!

    Thank you for so many great pinball games!

    #9 1 year ago

    Happy birthday Wayne!

    #10 1 year ago

    Wow. May we all be so lucky just to make it as far as Wayne has, not to mention such an illustrious career!

    #11 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday to a gentleman who has entertained us with his pinball designs before, since, and after we were kids and into our adult lives. Thanks for all the decades of fun Wayne.

    #12 1 year ago

    Wow! Incredible! Keep on trucking sir! Thanks for all your contributions to pinball. I'm very thankful and Happy Birthday.

    #13 1 year ago

    I had the pleasure of wishing him a very Happy Birthday on the phone. He is still as vibrant as ever.

    As part of his 100th celebration, the Pacific Pinball Museum presented him with a trophy of sorts with three score reels mounted on it.

    On his hundredth birthday, they incremented the reels from 99 to 100. When I visited Wayne earlier this year after TPF, he let me know that as soon as he turned 101, he would be incrementing it again.

    As we finished up the conversation yesterday, I jokingly asked if he was going to increment that counter. He said, "that was the first thing I did this morning!"

    Happy Birthday, Wayne!

    #14 1 year ago

    Wow. I'd love to meet him. What a gift to the whole world his designs have been.

    #15 1 year ago


    #16 1 year ago

    Pinball 101 should be re-issued with him on the cover! A belated Happy Birthday Mr Neyens

    #17 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne! Reading your story in Pinball Magazine is inspiring. Your life's work has brought happiness and joy to millions of pinball players-- including me. Best Wishes to you for a great 101st year!

    #18 1 year ago

    When one man is part of pinball history as you, Sir, this man is forever a young heart.
    Congratulations Mr.Neyens, I give such a big hug to you, you are The Pinball Man and I salute your birthday.
    I did enjoy so much reading about your history in Pinball Magazine.

    101 is the coolest age number, by the way!

    You saw passing by the XX century, and you made millions of people play your pinball tables.
    That's amazing.

    You, Pinball Wizard, shine on.


    #19 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne! If you could make it to expo this Oct I would love to meet you.
    Thank you for all you've done for pinball!!

    #20 1 year ago

    Living to be over 100 and still playing pinball will be a dream for me. Congratulations Mr. Neyens.

    #21 1 year ago

    Still driving his car at age 101.


    11 months later
    #22 7 months ago

    102 and still going!

    #23 7 months ago

    Wow! A lot of longevity in pinball. Guys like Wayne, Kordek, and Ed Krinski seemed to live forever.

    #24 7 months ago

    Happy 102 Wayne! Thanks for the great games!

    #25 7 months ago

    I just wished Wayne a Happy 102nd Birthday!

    Wayne is still doing very well, and at 102 is still living by himself at home.

    He is very pleased to have hit this milestone. I asked, "so what's next?" He responded, "103, of course!"

    Wayne is a treasure and I feel so fortunate that we have gotten to know him through Coin-Op Carnival.

    #26 7 months ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Wow, what a living legend!! Happy Birthday to Mr. Neyens! Someone go read him some Pinside birthday comments!

    Amazing, already another year!
    Happy 102nd birthday to Wayne!

    #27 7 months ago

    Happy Big 102 Birthday Wayne!!

    Thanks again for all the fun!!

    #28 7 months ago

    Just called Wayne and wished him a happy 102nd birthday. I recorded a small interview for the upcoming Pinball Magazine & Pinball News podcast as well.

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    #29 7 months ago

    How awesome that this pinball legend lives to celebrate his 102nd birthday. Congratulations to him!

    unigroove Thank you for taking the time to create the issue of Pinball Magazine containing the eleborate interview with mister Neyens. It's what I currently read before I go to sleep and I think it's legendary. It gives amazing insights. Not only into the life of a pinball designer, but also into Gottlieb's history and pinball history in general. A very valuable document for our hobby.

    #30 7 months ago

    Happy birthday Mr. Neyens!

    #31 6 months ago

    This man really rocks the pinball scene! and he's 102. Fantastic. Happy Birthday Mr.Neyens. You legend

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