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Happy 101st birthday Wayne Neyens!

By unigroove

8 months ago

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    #1 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

    #3 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

    #5 8 months ago

    Long live Wayne!

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

    #6 8 months ago

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

    #7 8 months ago

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

    #8 8 months ago

    Happy birthday Mr. Neyens!

    Thank you for so many great pinball games!

    #9 8 months ago

    Happy birthday Wayne!

    #10 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

    #13 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

    #15 8 months ago


    #16 8 months ago

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

    #17 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

    #21 8 months ago

    Still driving his car at age 101.


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