PBDG Meets a Young Pinball Ambassador

Meet Brian and Chris.  Long time supporter of the Pacific Pinball Museum, Brian brings his son Chris on regular visits.

Nine year old Chris is an excellent docent and pinball ambassador. Cinematographer Charlie Kuttner and I were at the PPM to film some more clear game footage, and Chris introduced us to  Adventures in the Development of Pinball, the new exhibit. The show includes one of the Bally Freedom clear games built with Wade Krause.

chris and brian with bally freedom

Chris is pretty good at the clear game — he had moves!

chris plays clear game

On display are a set of images and interactive exhibits that explain the development and workings of pinball machines. Chris walked me through several of them with great expertise.

chris demonstrates chimes

chris demonstrates knockerchris and the bumper Be sure to stop by the PPM when you are in the Bay Area to visit the exhibit, check out and play the new visible pin, and of course play the other hundred plus games at the museum.  Michael Schiess and his crew have everything set it up to be very hands on, and as you can see, kids will definitely enjoy it.

chris and pinballs

Adventures in the Development of Pinball
ART AND TECH SHOW
, runs April 6 through July 6, 2012.

Physics, mechanics, art and history exhibits:

An art and tech show about the internal workings of the machines, and their art and design as they change over time.

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PBDG visits the Ed Beeler Collection

Come inside Ed’s 8,000 square foot custom building with me and check out some of the pinball and arcade games he has collected. Wade Krause and I were thrilled to take the tour when we visited Pittsburgh.

row of pinball games

gator pinball machine

eds wedgehead rowIn addition to pinball machines, Ed also collects arcade games.

wade and ed  in an arcade rowI loved the older shooting games.

shooting games

rifles along the shooting game rowWade went for the more recent.

wade plays shooting game

I had a great time looking at all the artwork.

abra ca dabra backglass detail

space invaders backglass

arcade art -- what game is this?

more playfield art

bubbles arcade game artworkthree stooges detail

invaders from outer space detailmore invaders from outer spacearcade art detail -- what game is this?

I made some new friends…

kozmik kroozer joystickand visited some old…

asteroids rowdonky kong

Thank you so much for sharing your collection, Ed!

ed beeler with pinball game

PBDG at Pinburgh

A few photos from the PBDG trip to Pinburgh….

anna at papa world headquarters

photo by wade krause

little girl plays pinball

pinburgh side rooms

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Player from above

Partial Pinburgh Show Floor

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couple watch pinball tournament

pinburgh pinball tournament players

Rich on the floorIt was great to see PAPA world headquarters and meet everyone in person. Special congratulations to the PBDG supporters who made it to final rounds of the tournament (did I miss anyone?): Julie Gray and Mark Czarnowski (C division) and Erik Holverson (B division).