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
, 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.

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

Wade Krause goes to Pinburgh

Wade with Luther's Vendetta Wade Krause, pinball artist and PBDG supporter, let me tag along with him in Pittsburgh as he attended PAPA’s Pinburgh tournament, checked out Dave Baach’s amazing custom games, and met with local artists.

Wade with Luther's Vendetta artist Brian Holderman

Wade and Brian Holderman

Wade collaborates with Dave, and I was able to go behind the scenes to find out what they are up to, including a chance to see the  Brian Holderman custom Luther’s Vendetta and Freak Out by Mike Budai.

wade checks out Freak Out

Dave showed us all around Pittsburgh, going above and beyond as a host. Thank you, Dave!

Another highlight was a visit to the amazing collection of Ed Beeler (more photos coming of Ed’s place). Wade and I had a great time exploring 8,000 square feet of pinball and arcade games.

Wade plays some of Ed Beeler's gamesNo weekend in Pittsburgh is complete without a quick day trip to Philly (yes, I am crazy), where we met with wonderful PBDG supporter Rob Loring and the folks at PinRescue and Harry Snodgrass, the PBDG sound designer.

Harry Snodgrass, Sound DesignerBack in Pittsburgh, Wade checked out the work of fellow screen printer Andy Warhol at the Warhol Museum.

Wade at the Andy Warhol Museum in PittsburghAlways ready to lend a hand, Wade helped Director/Cinematographer Don Starnes and me with PBDG filming.

Wade and PBDG Director Don Starnes

Is Wade contemplating the Trinity Cathedral, or wondering how his El Dorado boards are drying back in Clovis, CA? Thank you for the great company, Wade!