Quoted from Underspin:
...Let's all remember that the chip on his shoulder (if it's perceived that way) comes from incidents like the jagoff that posted the infamous PORNO PU**Y AND BEER ad on Craigslist that got his "Tilt Town" venue shut down. Clay also pulled his guides down after finding out that more people were stealing than paying for them. I'm sure the list goes on for him but those are two that come to my mind....
Yes, Clay is passionate and incredibly defensive in his opinions. He can be brash and offensive at times. I’m a regular at the VFW and have experienced the “Wrath of Clay” more than once. The last one was when I soldered in a new PIA chip on a board (and did a nice job by the way) rather than using a socket. Boy talk about having a shit hemorrhage!
He’s a lot like Tim Arnold in that he call’s ‘em as he sees ‘em with little or no sugar coating and not afraid to do it in writing. Is he a Saint? Nope. Has is pissed off people? Yep, some multiple times (including me). Does he have social graces when it comes to on line posts? Nope. Has he taken his lumps when he goes off the rails? Yep (most of the time).
And yes, his is proud/protective of all the stuff he’s done for the hobby over the years such as:
The TOP “Shaggy & Norm” videos
The original Clay’s on line guides
The TopCast pod casts
Multiple Expo seminars over the years
The Ninja Webzine (currently at 881 repairs)
The original SE Michigan EM Club (I’m a charter member)
Operating EM’s on location (Crazy Carl’s)
Starting up the “Tilt Town” and “Flipper City” clubs for Detroit area Pin heads
Ponying up a shit load of cash to create the current Ann Arbor VFW
His daily in home repair business. (OK he charges for this, but probably not enough)
That is just a boat load of time effort and money that went/goes into the pinball community. Basically Clay eats, sleeps and shits pinball. I’ve learned over the year to take 98.5% of his technical info as the truth and his social opinions as just that…opinions. If I got pissed off at everything Clay says that bothers me I’d be stroked out by now.