My first was The Shadow.
My pinball journey was kind of weird compared to most people, I think, because I didn't grow up loving them. I was all about video games as a kid, never even thought about pinball.
So, nearly 20 years ago, I was in a pizza place with my first wife. They had a TOM in there. On a lark, I played it... I was about 30 at the time and I had not played a pinball machine since I was a little kid... and I never played one thoughtfully. Turns out, once I paid attention to pinball I @%#@ loved it! That TOM was clapped out and I don't think the trunk worked properly, but it really spoke to me. You know how it is or you wouldn't be on this forum.
A couple of weeks go by and I am looking up info on the internet and reading rec.games.pinball and I start thinking, I should buy a game... I soon found TS for sale at a local operator... it $1600 in 2002-2003? So I probably overpaid a lot. And I bought it not knowing much about pinball, really. It was just the first one I found that I could afford that had a decent rep. I kind of knew some of the stuff to look at as a buyer, because I am a good researcher. But I was certainly green!
Here's how much I didn't know about pinball: the first time I set off the knocker on TS at home, I had to look it up online. "WTF was that noise?!"
I got more games, as we do... I let some go, and eventually even sold TS to my wife's family. I turned them on to the idea of having games and they ended up with a couple. But I soon missed TS so much I bought another one.
That wife is gone, but TS is here to stay, haha.