Greetings to all my fellow pinsiders!
Today is a special day I wish to share with you.
A lifetime journey, now takes a change.
While I started working at the age of 11, My journey took me from delivering Newsday, to manufacturing, and on to LEDs for pinball.
All this, was always one step behind pinball.
At 8, in the black hardcover school books of the 60s,
Id take my #2, and draw pinball playfields, and mail them with a note to Chicago.
I always dreamed Id get a reply and a job offer to be a pinball designer.
Id make them from cardboard and rubber bands, Id have toy pins as a child, I started playing bingo games at the age of 6
on the boardwalks of Rockaway.
I worked at Pachinko house, modded those with bulbs, used LEDs from TI calculators in pins in the 70's, and helped Dick Bueschel with research for Pinball Encyclopedia.
Wow! Thats 50 years!
Well today, I start the journey of retirement, and my first love
of pinball, ends with my love of pinball, and I could not have done this without the gracious support and friendship extended
by you all......the guys and gals of Pinside!
More then just making a purchase, the wild emails, pictures, and joy I have been privileged to share with you, as an old game transforms into an experience like the most joyous of Christmas Tree memories!
The friendship. This says it all.
You have done more then you can know, in filling an old mans dreams.
The journey would not exist, without my Love of my life, Lisa.
It is also our Anniversary today, and we are together for 41 years since meeting.
So the Baton is passed today, with the Sale of Comet Pinball
to Ryan Wanger and Janet Ehlers of Boulder, Colorado.
Many of you will know Ryan, and the steadfast perseverance
he brings. Ryan operates games from Boulder, Co. and is the tournament director at over 30 + events including the Rocky Mountain Pinball Show.
Janet brings a keen sense of business, and a vision for the Company has emerged, as we have gotten to know each other.
I am not only confident of the continued future of Comet Pinball, but equally excited to share this news, and
the direction of Comet Pinball.
Youll be in great hands....better hands.....and a sound future
for all of us in this hobby.
Im not all done yet...Ill be helping where I can, and popping up here in there.
Now is the time to see if I can get better, and my spirits couldnt be higher with all the support and emails received.
My creation now moves to Ryan and Janet, and I hope youll share a heartfelt greeting as they pursue their dreams now too!