My daughter and I attended the Texas Pinball Festival on Friday and Saturday. Cheyenne is a sophomore at SMU in Dallas, and I had flown out the night prior from our home in Orlando, Florida. It was our first time attending the show and the week prior I had committed to my first pinball purchase, a NIB Munsters Pro, adding to our excitement and anticipation for the TPF experience.
Ed and Kim VanderVeen created an organized, energetic, and welcoming environment for manufacturers, vendors, operators, distributors, and pin fans of all ages. Details such as lanyards, name badges, and programs, enhanced the event presentation and made for great take-aways. Much appreciation for their time and efforts!
On Friday the Munsters VIP Experience exceeded our expectations, as the design team in John Borg, Dwight Sullivan, Christopher Franchi, and Jerry Thompson, were all enthusiastic and engaging. Butch Patrick and Pat Priest were great, and it was surreal to meet the stars of such an iconic show and Stern’s latest entry. The commemorative poster by Christopher Franchi is exceptional and the perfect remembrance of this amazing event (kudos for even providing a tube for safe-keeping…thanks Presley!). In the seminar on Saturday the team’s presentation provided interesting behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of this excellent pin, highlighting intentional design decisions to make the gameplay fun and accessible to new and casual players.
Throughout the show I was able to meet those whom I regard as the primary influences on why I am a pinball enthusiast and now a machine owner, including Zach and Greg from SDTM, Nick and Kevin from Buffalo Pinball (thanks for the patch Kevin!), and Jack Danger from Dead Flip. These individuals have undeniably elevated the hobby to what it is today, and I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the continued investment of time and energy each commits weekly toward streaming, game reviews, and discussion dedicated to this enjoyable pastime. Congrats also to Jeff, Zach, and Greg, for the highly entertaining TWIPY awards!
Since first playing Gorgar and Black Knight as a teen in Southern California arcades, I have always been drawn to pinball. It challenges your determination, tests your skill, and delights the soul. Thanks for everyone who made TPF 2019 an extraordinary memory for my daughter and I, and we anxiously look forward to next year’s event!
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