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A legend has left us...Wayne Neyens, just one day after turning 104!

By jrpinball

1 year ago


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    #1 1 year ago

    Let's all wish the greatest designer in EM history a heartfelt HAPPY 104TH BIRTHDAY!!!
    Wayne Neyens turns 104 (!) tomorrow.
    I hear he isn't in the greatest health, and is in an assisted living facility.
    For those who are so inclined, say a little prayer for him. What a living legend. God bless him!

    #2 1 year ago

    Happy 104th Birthday Wayne!

    #3 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne!

    #4 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne !

    LTG : )

    #5 1 year ago

    Happy birthday!

    (Hopefully someone can show him this thread, lots of pinheads across generations impacted by him)

    #6 1 year ago

    Happy birthday
    God Bless him

    #7 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Mr. Neyens and thank you for your everlasting impact on the game of pinball!

    #8 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne!
    Thanks jr

    #9 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Indeed!

    #10 1 year ago

    Please list all the pins he has designed!
    Happy Birthday!

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from DK:

    Please list all the pins he has designed!
    Happy Birthday!

    181 games, if IPDB is correct.
    https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?ppl=Wayne+neyens&sortby=name&searchtype=advanced

    That deserves many Happy Birthdays!

    #12 1 year ago

    What a legend!!!! Happy birthday Wayne!!!

    #14 1 year ago

    Happy 104th. Hopefully he's good for 1 or 2 more!

    #15 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Mr. Neyens!

    We hope you just keep on going like a good game of add-a-ball!

    #16 1 year ago

    104 and still flipping--happy birthday!

    #17 1 year ago

    I hope Wayne is in good enough health to get in the daily games (I forget what title he said was his favorite).

    Absolutely incredible to reach such an age.

    #18 1 year ago

    A talented and wonderful human being-Happy Birthday Wayne.

    #19 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne, what an incredible achievement, 104 years of age! Hope you have a great day with family & close friends.

    Your achievements in everything Gottlieb will always be held in high esteem by collectors & players all over the world.

    #20 1 year ago

    HBD WN!

    #21 1 year ago
    Quoted from drsfmd:

    I hope Wayne is in good enough health to get in the daily games (I forget what title he said was his favorite).
    Absolutely incredible to reach such an age.

    I don't think he's playing anymore.
    He donated his "Spirit of '76" (#10,000) a couple of years ago.
    He's often spoken highly of "Lightning Ball", and his crowning achievement, "Queen of Hearts".
    Pinball was keeping him young.

    #22 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne!

    #23 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne!

    #24 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne!

    #25 1 year ago

    This made my day - Happy Bday Wayne and thanks for posting jrpinball!

    #26 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday and Best of Health!

    #27 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    I don't think he's playing anymore.
    He donated his "Spirit of '76" (#10,000) a couple of years ago.
    He's often spoken highly of "Lightning Ball", and his crowning achievement, "Queen of Hearts".
    Pinball was keeping him young.

    It was interesting to hear why he liked Queen of Hearts so much.

    Seems it was because he was super stoked about the mech he made for the game.

    Fantastic designer - the Keith Elwin of the 1950's! ( although not sure what his playing skills were like ).

    #28 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday

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    #29 1 year ago

    Just played my 1957 "Royal Flush" in his honor.

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    #30 1 year ago

    Maybe after a week or so, someone could print out this thread and send it to Wayne. I am sure most of us are willing to participate in printing and posting costs.

    #31 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday, Wayne, what an accomplishment!

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    #32 1 year ago

    I spoke to Wayne's daughter Pat just now by phone. She allows that I am posting this information.

    Wayne is in hospice. Things are imminent. Both daughters Pat and Betty are with him. She said he was most interested in making it to 104. She had told him it was ok if he didn't but he said no he wanted to make it to 104, often asking how long until his birthday.

    I told Pat of the well-wishes from pinsiders (this thread and elsewhere) and she expressed appreciation for all of Wayne's pinball friends.

    God bless Wayne.

    #33 1 year ago
    Quoted from I_P_D_B:

    I spoke to Wayne's daughter Pat just now by phone. She allows that I am posting this information.
    Wayne is in hospice. Things are imminent. Both daughters Pat and Betty are with him. She said he was most interested in making it to 104. She had told him it was ok if he didn't but he said no he wanted to make it to 104, often asking how long until his birthday.
    I told Pat of the well-wishes from pinsiders (this thread and elsewhere) and she expressed appreciation for all of Wayne's pinball friends.
    God bless Wayne.

    I kind of thought he was on the decline, but was hoping for better news. He sure has had a long and wonderful life. God bless him.

    #34 1 year ago

    Just played some Diamond Lil ( 1955 ).

    Incredible game, shooting inner and outer loops with reverse flippers.

    Wayne will not be forgotten.

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    #35 1 year ago
    Quoted from Shapeshifter:

    Just played some Diamond Lil ( 1955 ).
    Incredible game, shooting inner and outer loops with reverse flippers.
    Wayne will not be forgotten. [quoted image]

    I've had the pleasure of playing Steve Young's copy. Tremendous player, and gorgeous too. Thank you, Wayne!

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    #36 1 year ago
    Quoted from I_P_D_B:

    I spoke to Wayne's daughter Pat just now by phone. She allows that I am posting this information.
    Wayne is in hospice. Things are imminent. Both daughters Pat and Betty are with him. She said he was most interested in making it to 104. She had told him it was ok if he didn't but he said no he wanted to make it to 104, often asking how long until his birthday.
    I told Pat of the well-wishes from pinsiders (this thread and elsewhere) and she expressed appreciation for all of Wayne's pinball friends.
    God bless Wayne.

    Sorry to hear this! Hopefully he gets all the birthday wishes and they can help cheer him up and give him strength!
    Happy 104th Birthday Wayne!
    Love and Peace to you on your special day!!
    I will always treasure the pics. and memories I have from getting to celebrate your 100th with you and playing your Spirit of 76 with you in the tournament!!

    Phoebe

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    #37 1 year ago

    Thank you for many designs !!

    Your a legend

    #38 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne!!

    #39 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne. I’m enjoying one of your creations.

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    #40 1 year ago

    Happy birthday Wayne!

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    #41 1 year ago

    The Ice Show in the collection I picked up from a Pennysaver wanted ad
    I had listed back in the 90s. It came with these schematics..

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    #42 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday to Wayne! Speaking with Wayne, then getting to meet him for his 100th and after the release of our book was a large source of joy for me. I've never met another person quite like him! He also /soundly/ beat me on his Spirit of '76. Haha!

    #43 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne. Excellent schematic @mopar. Goes well with this: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/wayne-neyens-troubleshooting-letter

    /Mark

    #44 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Wayne! Enjoy your cake!

    #45 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mopar:

    The Ice Show in the collection I picked up from a Pennysaver wanted ad
    I had listed back in the 90s. It came with these schematics..
    [quoted image]

    Wow thanks for posting!

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    #46 1 year ago

    Thanks for all the great games you designed. I love my Show Boat!
    Happy Birthday…

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    #47 1 year ago

    Here's hoping for 105! In his honor I played a game on my seen-better-days-but-works-great Poker Face and it was the most exciting ending I ever had on it. My last ball finally puts out the #6 of the 1-6 sequence lites for the rollunder specials... but before I could shoot for them the very next bounce fell right into the Jack gobble hole and I got 2 credits for four of a kind and it saved my butt.

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    #49 1 year ago

    So sad RIP Wayne.

    #50 1 year ago

    RIP Wayne.You will not be forgotten.

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