Playing pinball from an early age, when EM games were big.
Remember when new…
Pacman, MsPacman, Firepower, Meteor, Galaxy, Ali, Big Game, Flight 2000 – traveled 30 miles one way to play each week. I lived one mile from one of the best pinball locations in NJ: Eight On The Break where the games were regularly maintained well.
Unfortunately, I developed an addiction playing pinball, as I could not pass an arcade without stopping to see what is new or if I could put up my initials. Therefore, I stopped playing in the early 1990s. I started playing more reasonably a few years later. I am feeling fine now . : )
In my home?!? …
One day, the opportunity to own a game fell in my lap. It was a 1972 Flying Carpet. I did not even realize the legs came off. However, it was a single player game and with children, we needed a multiplayer game.
Hence, my first SS game was 1989 Whirlwind, still one of my favorites. This one had a problem where the spinning disks sounded like a drill. They were spinning full speed all the time. A resistor was missing. So my playing skill got better much quicker playing with this difficult “feature”. Still, playing the game was the best stress reliever after a busy day.
Next, we bought a StarTrek TNG from my local arcade operator and I watched in fascination, as the seller did a quick shop job right in my home. I was hooked to start cleaning games, which made them play so much better. Learning to rebuild flippers really helped, as well.
Making it serious …
So, this hobby progressed and after the first 7 years, it was evident that I could make a few dollars buying, fixing, cleaning, selling, so it became a small business in November 2006 – WannaPinball.com was born.