Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pinball Wizard

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM

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  • Susan Ellis

As mentioned in the Letter from the Editor in this week's Flyer (I’m filling in for Bruce VanWyngarden), last weekend I visited the Vintage Pinball Museum, about 200 miles east of Memphis. What I could not include in that space, however, were pictures of these fabulous games.

To recap from the Editor’s Letter: Doug Moore and Kathy Dunn opened Yesterdaze Pinball about a month ago. The museum includes a rotating display of vintage machines (1940s-1970s) from a collection of 400. A grand opening will be held Labor Day Weekend.

Given that Doug’s first job at age 12 was at an arcade, you might think of him as having come full circle. But, to hear him tell of the chance twists and little bounces of fate, this story has the trajectory of, yes, an in-play pinball.

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Before the pinball machines, Doug collected baseball cards — which he found sold for a nice bit of change. His path to pinball came when he was set to buy a 1960s Mustang. That didn’t happen, but he spotted an old pinball machine and agreed to buy it for $500 — and that didn’t happen because the machine was already sold. The very next day, Doug says, he heard from the man of the unrequited pinball deal who told Doug he had bought, unseen, the contents of an abandoned storage unit. Inside that unit: 10 vintage pinball machines.
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When you visit, ask Doug for the rest of the story…

Also, check out the snack bar. It features hand-dipped ice-cream cones and Coney dogs, featuring, Doug boasts, real Coney sauce.

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