Curator Portrait: Michael Schiess

Great article on Michael Schiess:

photo by mitch tobias

Primed for Pinball – Alameda Magazine – September-October 2011 – Alameda, California.
Artistic aspirations, his trademark ingenuity and a lucky arrow launched Michael Schiess’ love affair with pinball. Schiess is founder and CEO of the Pacific Pinball Museum, an eccentric, eclectic emporium of pinball preservation, magic and merrymaking that is formally committed to teaching science, art and history through pinball. On any Friday and Saturday night, you will find the arcade-museum at its Webster Street location in Alameda abuzz with old folk, 4- or 5-year-olds perched on portable stools, families, footloose guys and fancy-free girls, party animals (a group of teens and 20-somethings arrived for a pajama party on one Friday), and couples romancing or being romanced by a date with more imagination than the run-of-the-mill, pizza-beer-and-a-movie Joe  read more….

Visiting Michael Schiess at the Pacific Pinball Museum

If you haven’t made the trip to Alameda, CA to visit the Pacific Pinball Museum, you need to.  90+ games on free play, beautiful artwork, signage and knowledgeable folks to teach you history of American Pinball, and a great vibe. There was a Mad Men themed birthday party in one of the rooms you can rent — everyone was turned out beautifully.

Michael is working with me on putting together a super finale for Pinball Donut Girl:  I am going to film those scenes with his machines.  I’m thinking the featured machine for the finale should be Fun House.  What do you think?  I’ll make a poll and you guys can help me decide.