Quoted from Pinplayer1967:
Why would someone volunteer when most of us visit Vegas to relax? I visit about 4 times a year and that's the last thing I would want to do is f#cking fix and clean his machines. I'll be laying poolside sipping gin and tonic. The last time I went I brought 6 friends and spent a couple hours killing some time before a show and Tim was working on a machine next to one I was playing, I tried to make small talk I told him I brought in some friends to experience pinball and the guy was just a stick up the ass and acted all bothered that someone was talking to him. That was about 2007 and that was the last time I went. As a business owner myself the last thing you want to do is discourage someone from coming back when you brought in others to spend money. I really see this place closed or out of business in 10-15 years but at the end of the day its his business and he can run it his way.
What most people fail to understand about PHOF is it isn't a business - it is a hobby for Tim and all money taken in goes to charity. As almost everyone says that has ever visited the place - including me - things could be run better and Tim could take in a lot more money if he made a few changes. But if you read about Tim or know anything at all about him things will never change. Tim is Tim and Tim will do what ever Tim wants to do as far as the way he runs the place.
It is really pretty simple - if you don't like the place just don't go back. But personally I respect Tim for what he is doing. I know 99.9% of us would not be willing to work 7 days a week 12 or 14 hours a day and not even take a dime out of that money taken in. It is my understanding Tim even brings his own food to save money by not having someone make a food run. So in my eyes who are we to say what Tim is doing wrong? Climb into his shoes and see if you are very talkative after doing what he has done for 10 or 15 years! Let alone the fact that he is doing it without taking a pay check!
The one and only time I have been to Vegas I was at the PHOF 3 or 4 times over the 4 or 5 days we were in Vegas. One of those days I did get Tim to talk to me for 5 or 10 minutes and I asked him a few questions he gladly answered. One of those questions was why did he open PHOF after running an arcade for so many years and why give 100% of proceeds to charity. His answers were pretty simple and to sum up what he said it was something like this "after he retired at the age of 35 (or so) he spent the next 8 or 10 years just hanging out having fun and drinking beer but after doing that long enough that even got boring so he decided to open PHOF". As far as the charity end of things again his answer was pretty simple "I have plenty of money and don't need the money - I just needed a place for some of my games. When I looked into opening an arcade Vegas Zoning was too expensive because they wanted a lot of money for each machine in the place (same as a slot machine) but doing it for charity I didn't have to pay those fees".
So it is actually pretty simple - PHOF is really just a place for Tim to keep part of his collection and to enjoy pinball machines. He is nice enough to share that collection with the general public and does some good with money taken in. Pretty cool idea when you really think about it! I think Clay used Tim's idea and improved on it with VFW. Clay's machines are more what most of us in the hobby love to see but Clay isn't giving away all the money taken in to charity. I have never been to VFW but it is on my "bucket list" of things to do ASAP.
Personally I just want to say THANK YOU to guys like Tim & Clay for sharing their machines with the rest of us. Most of us have machines in our homes and share them with a few select friends. Guys like Clay and Tim share their machines with anyone that wants to walk through their doors. For that all I can say is THANK YOU!