Pinball lost a legend today. Al Cihak aka PINAHOLIC.
Al was my very first customer ever. He was an awesome guy and a good friend.
One of my best memories of Al is when we went on a STERN factory tour. He went into the LAB area where no one is really allowed except the designers. He told them that their Pinball flipper/switches and button suck and that they failed on all his games on location. We basically had to drag him out of the shop.. It was a pretty funny scene.
Another time we are standing in the parking lot outside TPF. Jack gets out of a cab and Al just looks at Jack and gives him the finger. Me and Jack just looked at each other and smiled.
He was one tough Pinhead. Even though Al was disabled, It never stopped from being the largest Pinball Route owner in NYC. He even made into the NY times and they did a story about him. Tenaciously dedicated to this thing we call Pinball.
The stories go on and on. If you have any memories, photos or stories to share please do. I am sure there are tons of them
I owe so much to Al..He was always promoting my stuff everywhere and and to anyone who he could grab. He gave me inspiration and courage to keep making stuff. He was an amazing person. Crazy as a MOFO but we loved him! You will be deeply missed my friend.
GODSPEED AL, YOU pinball Rastaman!
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