(Topic ID: 3210)

Sad news...

By jonnyo

9 years ago

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    #1 9 years ago

    Richard Tuck, the founder of Playland-not-at-the-Beach, passed away on Tuesday.

    As a few of you know, Richard encouraged me to run my first tournament last February. He supported the local scene in so many ways and for so many different kinds of people. Seeing three-year olds playing pinball next to 75-year old grandmothers wasn't some occasional kodak moment at Playland, but the norm. Richard could reach anybody.

    I know most of you didn't really know him, but Richard was a truly rare guy. He saw the world for what it is and understood it well. He was neither oblivious nor self-deluded about the negative and the cynical. He just chose not to accept it and instead mobilize the positive. And he did it with tremendous skill, heart, tenacity and business savvy.

    He understood more than anyone I know in the arcade business that fun is not about sticking a bunch of games in a room. Fun is about people.

    Richard has a lot of friends. I was not a close friend of Richard, I was probably tier three or four, yet he had a big impact on me. I will miss him.

    #2 9 years ago

    Sorry to hear that.

    #3 9 years ago

    Sounds like he was a pretty neat guy.

    #4 9 years ago

    Rest in Peace .. may he find the arcade in the sky with the solid gold pinballs surrounded by sexy angels as he plays.

    #5 9 years ago

    I'm sorry to hear that, my condolences.

    #6 9 years ago

    sorry to hear that people like that are far and few between.

    #7 9 years ago

    That's sad to hear. Thanks for sharing.


    #8 9 years ago

    im sorry for your loss and i do understand i lost my mom in feb

    #9 9 years ago

    rest in peace Richard.

    #10 9 years ago

    Thanks to all of you for your kind comments.

    Richard was a mentor for me. He taught me a lot of stuff about life that goes way beyond pinball.

    I feel privileged to have known the guy.

    He had kids from half-way houses and juvi working at Playland. I asked him "Aren't you worried they'll rip the joint off?"

    He said, "A lot of kids didn't get the childhood we had, Jon. A lot of them don't have caring parents who took them to Fairs or Arcades, or what we grew up with. But if you introduce a fun environment to them and the benefits of it, and most importantly - get them involved in creating fun for others - they'll change their minds. Just give them a chance."

    And he was right. That's how Richard worked.

    #11 9 years ago

    rest in peace Richard.


    #12 9 years ago

    This article does a great job illuminating Richard's unique and sunny outlook on life ...


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