(Topic ID: 143858)

Need help finding my childhood Haunted House!

By davebart5

6 years ago


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#1 6 years ago

Nothing would be cooler than to find that one machine you remember most as a child. The one game that peaked your interest in pinball back then, and in my case, also re-kindled my obsession of the hobby today. I'm not talking about finding the same title as the nostalgic memory. I'm talking about finding the actual machine you played with as a kid! How cool would it be to personally own the machine that struck that chord...

I KNOW THIS IS A LONG SHOT, but I figured it was worth the 5 minutes it would take me to write up a quick post asking the question, just in case one day some information came along. Weirder, more random things have happened in this world, so why not.

I'm looking for a Gottlieb Haunted House that was purchased sometime in the late 90's (I believe) from a private seller's home in Catasauqua, PA (18032 zip). I know the last name/location of the owner that sold it and can verify that connection if any leads do come about. I'm pretty confident there aren't too many HH's sold in any one small town over the years, besides your major cities where several probably change hands over the course of a single year.

This game was in the collection (basement) of a childhood friend of mine in the early 90's, whose dad was into restoring hot rods, jukeboxes, pins, etc. I remember going over there to play it as a kid, and over the years kind of forgot about it as we grew up and moved on with our lives. One day last Spring I randomly thought of the game and became obsessed with learning everything about Haunted House. I asked my friend about it and he said his dad sold it years ago. Thats all I know. I eventually bought my own HH this past summer and the rest is history. Now, I'm hooked on pins, but thats a whole different story.

It would be amazing to have someone read this, and say "hey, I think i'm the one that bought that HH your talking about in [insert date]". Even if you (or they) aren't looking to sell, it would be awesome to know where that game went, and maybe one day when the time was right, I acquired it somehow for my collection.

Thats all.

If you've read through my wordy post above and made it to this line, thanks! And, I guess that opens this up for a legitimate question... Do any of you own a machine in this manner? The actual game that was not yours at the point in time in which it deeply resonated with you, but was eventually presented the opportunity to buy it for your home line-up and now that one is really the start of it all?

#2 6 years ago

Guess I never thought about it that way. To me just acquiring the same title would be good. I got attached to titles but not to the very specific one game I actually played as a kid. GLWYSearch.

#3 6 years ago

Of course, it's not crucial, I'm very happy just owning the title in general. But I do know having that back story or lineage of history with that particular machine would be so freakin cool. It would be an epic pinball hunt.

I'm sure there are some people out there whose local pinball arcade that's been operating for many many years closes up and sells off their old line-up, or if my friend's dad still had the game tucked away somewhere in storage, I would have been able to buy it.

#4 6 years ago

You could say the same things about a woman. You cannot turn her off though.

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

You could say the same things about a woman. You cannot turn her off though.

Dunno man, pretty sure talkin about pinball around my wife turns her off..

#6 6 years ago

what did you leave in the coinbox?

#7 6 years ago

Good luck! Might have better luck with a better thread title? "Help me find my childhood Haunted House!" Or something to that effect might catch more people of relevance

#8 6 years ago

Last year a fellow pinhead in Austria found the exact Astroids Cocktail he played very often at a lakeside arcade when he was just a little kid!

He identified it by some misplaced stickers and a few unique scratches/marks on the machine which you could see on a photo taken by his dad when he was playing it as a kid. Motivated by the find he was also able reconstruct the complete history of the machine.

#9 6 years ago

Good luck, I felt abit the same about a junkyard I used to play on route in a pool hall around here, I did see it again a while later when it was all done up and it looked a treat because it was pretty dark an a little beat when I used to play it, but unfortunately some one got on to it first, but my friend bought one a while back so I can always play it there, lucky because I don't see many around these days.. Good luck with your search. Hope u find the one your looking for..

#10 6 years ago

Hope you find it. Agree that would be cool.

#11 6 years ago

Thanks guys. I think some of you are right, a better thread title would be better. At the time, I thought it was a funny play on words, but it doesn't necessarily help my mission. I like the one idea of "Help me find my childhood Haunted House".

I just changed the title to better fit. Thanks for the suggestion!

#12 6 years ago

Is there any way to identify it visually?

#13 6 years ago
Quoted from davebart5:

Thanks guys. I think some of you are right, a better thread title would be better. At the time, I thought it was a funny play on words, but it doesn't necessarily help my mission. I like the one idea of "Help me find my childhood Haunted House".
How would I change a thread title at this point, or do I need to drain this one and copy/paste the message into a new thread?

Edit your first post and you should see an option at the top to change the title.

#14 6 years ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

Edit your first post and you should see an option at the top to change the title.

Thanks! Just did it. Glad to know that edit option exists.

#15 6 years ago
Quoted from electricsquirrel:

Is there any way to identify it visually?

Hey E.Squirrel - I hope all is well. I'm reaching out to my old friend to see if his dad remembers anything that could visual identify this game.

Thanks!

#16 6 years ago

I actually own the exact same stern galaxy that me and my best friend played as little kids back in the early 80's. The least valuable pin I own but will be the absolute last pin to leave the house ever.

#17 6 years ago
Quoted from TonyH:

I actually own the exact same stern galaxy that me and my best friend played as little kids back in the early 80's. The least valuable pin I own but will be the absolute last pin to leave the house ever.

That's what I'm talking about Tony!!! Very cool.

#18 6 years ago
Quoted from TonyH:

I actually own the exact same stern galaxy that me and my best friend played as little kids back in the early 80's. The least valuable pin I own but will be the absolute last pin to leave the house ever.

Same here Tony! Paragon will never leave the cave! Hell I still remember the 1st time I laid eyes on her, wish I could say the same for the wife!

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