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Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:02:05 PM

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The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
guys are doing now....

Cheers!!
Bob

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July 12, 2005 12:06:27 PM

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I used to play at The Cross Eyed Moose, Tommy's Holiday Camp, and
Flipper McGee's in Ann Arbor, MI. back in the 70's. Classic games in
classic places. I even had the pleasure of working at Tommy's Holiday
Camp for about a year.

Mike O.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:07:44 PM

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While going to college in Houston, I worked at a gameroom called The
Goldmine. As time went on, the name changed to Tilt. While working
there, we had a strict regiment of cleaning that we had to follow. That
included cleaning all rubbers on pins until we deemed a replacement was
needed. It followed that we also had to clean all vids by taking the
control panel off, lift out the glass and clean the glass and tube. We
used to have very good pins and I think that part of my life is what
made me love pins so much.

Doug
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Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:08:25 PM

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Krazy Kats
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:09:40 PM

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Oh, I forgot my true favorite place and that was the Space Port in
Maine. It was in the Bangor Mall. I believe it is still there to this
day as I visited Maine last year and went in there to play. Went to
college at EMVTI for a while and on breaks, we would zip over to the
mall for some games of Space Shuttle!!

Doug
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:12:02 PM

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All my lawn-mowing and snow-shoveling money went to "Game World" at
Palwaukee Plaza in a NorthWest Chicago suburb in the mid-80s. Before
that, when I was about 6 there was "Just Games". That would've been
around 1973. Both are long gone...

Game World used to have 10 or so pins. The only ones I remember
playing for sure are Back to the Future and Black Hole.

Later, in the mid-90s I remember playing at 'Just for Fun'. IIRC, that
was one of Williams' test locations.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:13:47 PM

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I grew vp in Northern Virginia and there was a place called "Time Ovt"
that was located in Springfield mall. I was there in the late 1970s.
Pins, early video games like Tempest, Space Invaders, Galaga. It was
very large with classic black light illvmination. In Blacksbvrg
Virginia, the Virginia Tech Stvdent Union bvilding had an entire wall
of pins. This was all in the 1979 to 1982 time frame.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:17:33 PM

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Galaxy World and Just Games.

Al
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:25:41 PM

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"The Wizard Room" in Tucson, because the guy that ran "The Lost Penny
Arcade" across the street was a pig. After hours, he'd set all the game
settings super low so he could get all the high scores, then set them back.
If he thought you had won too many extra games, he'd turn the machine off.
I would occasionally head to "Starbase 22" to play the Fathom.

-- Rich Fife --
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:28:25 PM

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On 12 Jul 2005 08:02:05 -0700, rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:

>The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
>favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
>Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
>techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
>game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
>guys are doing now....
>
>Cheers!!
>Bob


San Diego area...

late 70's through early 90's.

Aztec Amusement
Sega Center later became Time Out
Slices and Skills (pizza and games)

7-11 was another too really.
Played a lot of games that rotated in and out of the local 7-11.
Frogger, Star Castles, Mata Hari pin, asteroids, etc.
No more games in 7-11s now.

All gone forever.

I swear if I win the lotto Im going to open a retro-cade like anything
noone has ever seen before and go broke running it.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:29:43 PM

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Well there was Aladin's Castle, Family Fun center (10 tokens for a
buck!), Astro Cade I and II, Apple Arcade, and Totally Amusing. I
forget the others, but there was a token war going on here. Most were 5
, 6 or 7 for a buck!
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:35:41 PM

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I've got so many memories--7-11 in Chevy Chase, MD had Flash and Time
Warp, the Host Farm resort in Lancaster, PA, had plenty of games,
including Airborne Avenger, the Southport bar in Ft Lauderdale, FL, had
a gorgeous Xenon, my college's dorms in MA had Fathom, Black Pyramid,
Kings of Steel, High Speed, the arcade in Penn Station (NY) had
Lightning, Big Game, Catacomb, Nat's stationary store on the upper East
Side of Manhattan had Firepower....
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:37:35 PM

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Dream Machine at the mall in Lincoln, RI was the place to play the new
games from the late 70's to late 80's.

There was also a nickle arcade in the early 80's in North Dartmouth, MA
- can't remeber the name of that place. We could spend the day there
for $2.

Most of my pin playing was at a place in South Attleboro, MA called
Rose Pizza.

Ah, the good old days.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:45:25 PM

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I grew up on the Jersey shore in the 60's-70'S.Walking distance was
Barnacle Bills in Ortley beach.And Biking distance (or hitch-hiking) to
Seaside Heights Boardwalk.Amusement Pier.What an awesome place to grow
up.Thanks,MOM & DAD!
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:45:52 PM

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rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....

Northwestern University student center. No, I wasn't a student (I was
12... :)  ), but I was there ALL the time.

Other places... Aladdin's Castle, Devon Novelty Golf (still there!),
Diversions (recent, still there!), 7-11 (lots of 7-11...), Just For
Fun, Super Just Games (now a Capcom nickel arcade), The Abbey in Lake
Geneva had an arcade that was THE -->BOMB<--, pretty much every single
arcade in the Wisconsin Dells in the late '80s, and lots of other
hotels, bars, campgrounds, and the like.

It's a wonder I actually saw any of the sights my parents took me to as
a kid. :) 
July 12, 2005 12:51:19 PM

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TheKorn@TheKorn.net wrote:
> rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
> > The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> > favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> > Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> > techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> > game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> > guys are doing now....
>
> Northwestern University student center. No, I wasn't a student (I was
> 12... :)  ), but I was there ALL the time.
>
> Other places... Aladdin's Castle, Devon Novelty Golf (still there!),
> Diversions (recent, still there!), 7-11 (lots of 7-11...), Just For
> Fun, Super Just Games (now a Capcom nickel arcade), The Abbey in Lake
> Geneva had an arcade that was THE -->BOMB<--, pretty much every single
> arcade in the Wisconsin Dells in the late '80s, and lots of other
> hotels, bars, campgrounds, and the like.
>
> It's a wonder I actually saw any of the sights my parents took me to as
> a kid. :) 

Barnacle Bills and Casino Pier along with all the other arcades on the
Seaside Boardwalk. Playland in North Lavallette.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 12:52:19 PM

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Mine was called Del Mar Billiards. The name
of the local community college, and located
across the street from it.

Long gone. :( 

Current occupant of the building: Pawn shop...

Fred
TX
CARGPB#8
===============

rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 1:02:34 PM

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I spent many years at Fvnspot at the Weirs in N. H. It was the best
arcade I ever saw in its hayday. I still go there occassionally, bvt my
collection is better than theirs now-a-days. It still has tons of vids
and abovt 40 pins bvt the condition deteriorates over the svmmer so yov
have to get there early in the season. I really learn how to play at
the gameroom in the Movlton Union when i went to Bowdoin College in
Brvnswick, Me. As Frank Zappa wovld say, " the resvlts of a higher
edvcation". JR.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 1:06:26 PM

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"That Game Place" - Beloit Mall...long gone, I worked there for a
while.
"Aladdin's Castle" - Janesville Mall...still there too!
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 1:13:34 PM

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Just a few I remember around and in Marietta/Atlanta, GA during the
hey-day early 80's

-Gold Mine (the big daddy at Cumberland Mall), I remember playing
Hercules there
-Pinball Palace- 2 locations in Marietta
-Pheonix- On the Square in Marietta
-Space Land- Town and Country Shopping Center
-Red Baron's Arcade- off South Cobb Drive
-Crazy Eddie's
-Spinners
- Bat and Pac

Brian
atlfun
July 12, 2005 1:36:30 PM

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The Cave at the Bucks County Mall in Feasterville, PA back in the early
to mid 70's. 2 full rows of EMs (about 20-30 machines). Spent a lot
of time there picking up pointers from the pros. They had a high score
contest each week on several machines. The person with the highest
score at the end of the week received 5-10 free games on the machine of
their choice. Place was closed down because they said it was causing
too many brawls and fights. The brawls and fights had nothing to do
with the arcade but try telling that to the powers that be.

The back had a few pool tables and the front had some early video
games. The other thing I remember is that all of the machines always
worked and were clean. Whenever a problem did crop up, the guys
working knew how to fix it themselves. It was not uncommon to see a
machine proped open with someone working on it or cleaning it. I knew
some of the guys who worked there because one of them was dating my
friend's older sister. They just loved working on the machines and
keeping them clean and usable. They were also very strict about
abusing the machines. I saw kids thrown out for excessive abuse.

-Ray
Southern NJ
Who still only plays EMs (Yes, I have tried to go digital but always go
back to EMs)
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 1:37:32 PM

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The Machine, Crystal Point Mall, Crystal Lake, IL

Sadly gone. You should have seen the fire sale they had when they
closed. Wow.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 1:51:54 PM

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SuperCade (One of a chain) in the Flemington Mall in NJ

Also Majors (local dept store) had a lot of good pins too.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 1:54:13 PM

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FUN & GAMES in Framingham, MA

It was akin to a kid and teenager nightclub full of loud rock and roll
and metal music and loaded with pins and vids.

As you approached the glass and metal front door, you'd hear muffled
Ozzy or Rush et al emmanting from arcade within.

Opening the door, you'd be blasted in the face with great music and
the sound of over 100 pinball machines as well as the din of over 70
video games. Your eyes would still blinded from the bright sunshine
outside going into the dimly lit 30ft ceiling room adorned with a
centrally located disco ball that would make the dark blue floor dance
with a swirling of littles "stars" inside.
I spent most of my paper route and first job(s) money there from the
years 1978-1983. Was so hooked on the place that I'd skip a day of
school or 2 to play all day on the meager $4.00 or so I had in my
pocket. It was fun and a challenge to try to "game-survive" all day on
this meager amount. On a bad day, I'd have to resort to checking the
coin chutes for a wayward quarter or so (often times with great
successs!)

Walking through the front door I'd gleefully see (once my eyes had
adjusted):

EBD, PHARAOH,BLACK KNIGHT,JUNGLE LORD,QUICKSILVER,STAR GAZER,
SEAWITCH,BIG GAME,MYSTIC,ROLLING STONES,HOT DOGGIN,EVEL KNEIVEL,6
MILLION DOLLAR MAN, MATA HARI, CHEETAH, STAR TREK, CAPTAIN
FANTASTIC.... to name just a few.

My collection reflects my favorites from what I played there "back in
the day". 27 Classic Bally and 13 Classic Stern pins as well as 3
Atari vids (battle zone, missle command and tempest)

My dream is to recreate my own version of this arcade in my gameroom.
I now own all the games and have done full restorations on the majority
of them, just need the space now to set them all up.......


DR
pinballdoctor.com
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 1:54:35 PM

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FUN & GAMES in Framingham, MA

It was akin to a kid and teenager nightclub full of loud rock and roll
and metal music and loaded with pins and vids.

As you approached the glass and metal front door, you'd hear muffled
Ozzy or Rush et al emmanting from arcade within.

Opening the door, you'd be blasted in the face with great music and
the sound of over 100 pinball machines as well as the din of over 70
video games. Your eyes would still blinded from the bright sunshine
outside going into the dimly lit 30ft ceiling room adorned with a
centrally located disco ball that would make the dark blue floor dance
with a swirling of littles "stars" inside.
I spent most of my paper route and first job(s) money there from the
years 1978-1983. Was so hooked on the place that I'd skip a day of
school or 2 to play all day on the meager $4.00 or so I had in my
pocket. It was fun and a challenge to try to "game-survive" all day on
this meager amount. On a bad day, I'd have to resort to checking the
coin chutes for a wayward quarter or so (often times with great
successs!)

Walking through the front door I'd gleefully see (once my eyes had
adjusted):

EBD, PHARAOH,BLACK KNIGHT,JUNGLE LORD,QUICKSILVER,STAR GAZER,
SEAWITCH,BIG GAME,MYSTIC,ROLLING STONES,HOT DOGGIN,EVEL KNEIVEL,6
MILLION DOLLAR MAN, MATA HARI, CHEETAH, STAR TREK, CAPTAIN
FANTASTIC.... to name just a few.

My collection reflects my favorites from what I played there "back in
the day". 27 Classic Bally and 13 Classic Stern pins as well as 3
Atari vids (battle zone, missle command and tempest)

My dream is to recreate my own version of this arcade in my gameroom.
I now own all the games and have done full restorations on the majority
of them, just need the space now to set them all up.......


DR
pinballdoctor.com
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 2:08:21 PM

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Hillbilly Harolds Outhouse Arcade

--


-Frank Gant
http://orbitpinball.com


<rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1121180525.339634.118390@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 2:09:46 PM

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Rifle Sport, SS Billiards. LTG :) 

<rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 2:10:50 PM

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SS Billiards

Bryan (CARGPB14) http://usergallery.myhomegameroom.com/gallery/bspins

"Warning! Achtung! Run away, Run away!: BK restorations may emit a
shower of sparks or flames or both. Keep a safe distance (like four
city blocks). Never return to a restoration once lit. Hot hot hot!"

(Sig line compliments of Clive at the Coin-Op Cauldron.)




rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
July 12, 2005 2:14:55 PM

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Bowling Alleys, Grand Prix & Putt-Putt Golf Course were "destination"
sites on the weekends.

But 90% of the time we could be found in BARRELS OF FUN in the Westland
Mall on wide-wide Dixie Highway in Louisville KY.

My first memories of pinball were getting my haircut as a 4 year old
child (in a REAL barbershop) and playing the EM they had there - the
old style with the shelf built into the cabinet where I could put my
bottle of Pepsi on it. I also remember being mesmorized by EIGHT BALL
when it came out - I played the heck out of one in a WOOLWORTHs for a
whole summer - the mom couldn't figure out why I ALWAYS wanted to go
with her when she went grocery shopping at the strip mall where the
Woolworths was located!
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 2:43:42 PM

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Alladins Castle at North Kent Mall in Grand Rapids. Both are gone but
that's where I got the bug and got hooked on Medusa and High Speed. Now
own both of them and 8 others.
Tom
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 2:50:54 PM

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Aquidneck Lanes
Middletown R.I.
Had about 15 pins
2 pool tables
2 air hockey tables
NO VIDEO GAMES (till 80)

That was my home court

Ctsteps5

owner of
71 Bally Expressway, 72 Williams Superstar,
74 Williams Star Pool, 75 Gottlieb Fast Draw.

Moderator of EM Pinball Group
http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/empinbalmachines/



Ray Johnson - Action Pinball wrote:
> We had:
>
> The "Gold Mine"
> The "Fun Factory"
> "Alladin's Castle"
>
> and long ago (EM days): The "Fun of It"
>
> All in the malls of course...
>
> Outside of the malls were:
> "Wally's Arcade"
> "Pirate's Cove" (or may have been "Treasure Cove"- pirate/sea themed arcade)
>
> That's all I can remember right off...
>
> In my early teen years I used to keep a list of all the pins in all of the
> arcades around our area- I think I still have it- I'll have to dig it out
> and scan/post it- would be neat to see.
>
> I kept it in one of the private-school-issued notebooks I had in 3rd or 4th
> grade- which I'm sure I still have somewhere (half the book is lessons in
> French and the other is lists and drawings of pinball machines... ;)  I was
> an over-achiever....
>
> Ray J.
> --
> Action Pinball & Amusement, LLC
> Salt Lake City, Utah USA
> Web: www.actionpinball.com
>
> We're serious about pinball. Anything else is just for fun!
>
>
>
> <rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1121180525.339634.118390@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> > The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> > favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> > Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> > techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> > game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> > guys are doing now....
> >
> > Cheers!!
> > Bob
> >
July 12, 2005 2:57:36 PM

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Games People Play at the Memorial City Mall in Houston, TX. In the
late 70's I pumped many quarters into that place. The entrance had a
row of 20+ pins (Space Mission, Evel Knievel, Captain Fantastic,
Wizard, etc.) and in the back were the video games. Great memories!

billg
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 3:11:18 PM

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Anyone else spend summers on LBI, NJ at Shermats?

Jack James
Lloyd Olson wrote:
> Rifle Sport, SS Billiards. LTG :) 
>
> <rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1121180525.339634.118390@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
>
>>The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
>>favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
>>Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
>>techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
>>game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
>>guys are doing now....
>>
>>Cheers!!
>>Bob
>>
>
>
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 3:16:39 PM

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rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob

As a teenager in Stone Mountain, GA, circa 1979, there was a great
place called
OZ Records and Tapes on Memorial Drive. A large record store that had
this huge arcade in the back (and head shop for a short while). They
had at least 30-40 pins lining the walls and all the newest vids at the
time. I spent a fortune in this place and got to play all the classic
Williams games when they came out. Great memories.

I worked at Kroger, and there was a little place called Mike's
Billiards in the same strip mall. They had a Gorgar, that I loved.

Another place I liked was Goldmine at Northlake Mall. And the movie
theaters and bowling alleys always had pins, but OZ was where the seed
was planted.

Dave
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 3:19:22 PM

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Yes Ray, that is the same company I worked for. Nickels and Dimes Inc
ran the Goldmines for many years. Then they changed to Tilt. I honestly
didn't even know if they were still in business. I actually started as
a part timer, moved to asst manager and then to manager of the arcade.
Many nights of doing college work and handing out change. Learned a lot
about fixing pins and vids. Prefer the pins since I hate the high
voltage on the vids. :) 

Doug


Ray Johnson - Action Pinball wrote:
> Our "Goldmine" here eventually changed to a "Tilt", too- which was owned/run
> by "Nickels & Dimes, Inc.". Not sure if Goldmine was part of N&D or not.
> They did take good care of the games- and still do (the one Tilt that is
> left around here- 3 have closed in the last year). But don't take as good
> care as they used to. At least *someone* cared out there at some point! :) 
>
> Ray J.
> --
> Action Pinball & Amusement, LLC
> Salt Lake City, Utah USA
> Web: www.actionpinball.com
>
> We're serious about pinball. Anything else is just for fun!
>
>
>
> "Kansas Pinball" <cyberolds1@comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:1121180864.909652.96690@g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> > While going to college in Houston, I worked at a gameroom called The
> > Goldmine. As time went on, the name changed to Tilt. While working
> > there, we had a strict regiment of cleaning that we had to follow. That
> > included cleaning all rubbers on pins until we deemed a replacement was
> > needed. It followed that we also had to clean all vids by taking the
> > control panel off, lift out the glass and clean the glass and tube. We
> > used to have very good pins and I think that part of my life is what
> > made me love pins so much.
> >
> > Doug
> >
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 3:22:34 PM

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Sherrie's Rack-N-Cue in Mentor-On-The-Lake, Ohio in the mid to late
'70's. Me and my buddies weren't old enough to get in, being that it
was a pool hall and served beer, but the guys runnin' it were cool
enough to let the 4 or 5 of us come in and play the pins.

All the 7-11s around us also had 1 or 2 pins in them as well.

MAN! Those were the good old days. GREAT memories but a bit sad that
those days are so far gone.

Tim
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 3:35:23 PM

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We had:

The "Gold Mine"
The "Fun Factory"
"Alladin's Castle"

and long ago (EM days): The "Fun of It"

All in the malls of course...

Outside of the malls were:
"Wally's Arcade"
"Pirate's Cove" (or may have been "Treasure Cove"- pirate/sea themed arcade)

That's all I can remember right off...

In my early teen years I used to keep a list of all the pins in all of the
arcades around our area- I think I still have it- I'll have to dig it out
and scan/post it- would be neat to see.

I kept it in one of the private-school-issued notebooks I had in 3rd or 4th
grade- which I'm sure I still have somewhere (half the book is lessons in
French and the other is lists and drawings of pinball machines... ;)  I was
an over-achiever....

Ray J.
--
Action Pinball & Amusement, LLC
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Web: www.actionpinball.com

We're serious about pinball. Anything else is just for fun!



<rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 3:37:22 PM

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Our "Goldmine" here eventually changed to a "Tilt", too- which was owned/run
by "Nickels & Dimes, Inc.". Not sure if Goldmine was part of N&D or not.
They did take good care of the games- and still do (the one Tilt that is
left around here- 3 have closed in the last year). But don't take as good
care as they used to. At least *someone* cared out there at some point! :) 

Ray J.
--
Action Pinball & Amusement, LLC
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Web: www.actionpinball.com

We're serious about pinball. Anything else is just for fun!



"Kansas Pinball" <cyberolds1@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> While going to college in Houston, I worked at a gameroom called The
> Goldmine. As time went on, the name changed to Tilt. While working
> there, we had a strict regiment of cleaning that we had to follow. That
> included cleaning all rubbers on pins until we deemed a replacement was
> needed. It followed that we also had to clean all vids by taking the
> control panel off, lift out the glass and clean the glass and tube. We
> used to have very good pins and I think that part of my life is what
> made me love pins so much.
>
> Doug
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 3:39:42 PM

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I also remember the "Library" in Davis, CA- had a friend that went to
college there a few years back- the place may even still be there. Lots of
great games- really cool arcade- even for the 1990's.

Very low-profile inconspicvovs looking bvsiness- one glass door on the
street as I recall and some tinted-ovt windows. And a small back-lit sign
over the door reading "LIBRARY" in blve letters with white backgrovnd. I can
jvst see the kids' parents- "Where have yov been all day?"

"At the Library!"

Ray J.
--
Action Pinball & Amvsement, LLC
Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Web: www.actionpinball.com

We're seriovs abovt pinball. Anything else is jvst for fvn!



<fred.collins@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> I grew vp in Northern Virginia and there was a place called "Time Ovt"
> that was located in Springfield mall. I was there in the late 1970s.
> Pins, early video games like Tempest, Space Invaders, Galaga. It was
> very large with classic black light illvmination. In Blacksbvrg
> Virginia, the Virginia Tech Stvdent Union bvilding had an entire wall
> of pins. This was all in the 1979 to 1982 time frame.
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 4:01:41 PM

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A few great ones in Lincoln / Omaha Nebraska area.

1) Pinball Pete's. 4 locations with all the classics and especially
old Stern
West O street, Cotner Blvd., Arapahoe, HWY 2. I worked for this
company for 3 years. That is how I learned about the games. We
rotated all of the games through these locations. Great stuff.
We definitely were the first to have Medusa, FireballII, Eight Ball
Deluxe, Skateball, StarGazer

2) Red Baron in Gateway Mall in Lincoln - Huge.
First to have Flash, Gorgar, Firepower and Panthera

3) Game Gallery - Downtown Lincoln
First to have 4 player football, Seawitch, Quicksilver and Cheetah

4) Snooker Bowling Alley on 48th Street - Huge Arcade - First ot have
Space Invaders and Centaur

5) Hollywood Bowling Alley on 48th Street - First to have Missle
command.

6) Sluggo's in East Park Plaza - Friends worked there for a long time.
Saw a guy blow his had off with a Silver Salute.

7) Gizmo's in Omaha Nebraska - Probably over 100 pinball machines and a
massive building. Located in one of the largest Malls in the Midwest.
_ hercules, Genie, and Spiderman. Alot of Gottliebs

8) Mall on Center street in Omaha had a large arcade also. Forgot name

9) Mall in Downtown district (old Market) in Omaha also have a large
selection of older classics i.e. Fireball , Wizard.

These were the places I hung out all the time and worked in them for
some time. Great time thinking about all of the fun we had. This is
how I got all my old flyers because we pretended to be the buyers so
the companies sent us advertising brochures.

Bill
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 4:32:27 PM

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Krazy Kats, Malibu Grand Prix, and Putt Putt Golf and Games were the main
ones. Used to be a few in the malls also but cant remember the names of
them.

Dave

<rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 5:00:56 PM

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Space Port, but before that it was "Taters" get this: when Gorgar came in, I
wasn't allowed to play it. There was a law on the books that said no one
under 13 could play a pinball machine that talked! that is truly bizarre.

--
Aaron Talley ACO / MCT
WCIA / WCFN Engineering
atalley@wcia.com

<rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 5:07:16 PM

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Galaxy in NE Philly.

Dan

rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 5:58:45 PM

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The Gold Mine
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 6:49:20 PM

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In South Jersey...

The Old Mill arcade in Mullica Hill.
Main Street - Elmer
Space Port - Cumberland Mall & Deptford Mall
Centerton Lake Park Snack Bar

Ocean City and Wildwood Boardwalk. Ocean City still has some. Wildwood
is now 99% redemption (blech!)

Countless bowling alleys, skating rinks and supermarket/convenience
stores.
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 7:25:38 PM

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In Chicago we had FunZone, located within a mile of Williams, Bally,
Chi Coin, and Midway. It just closed about two months ago. There is
also Dennis' Place for Games, still around but no pins last time I went
by.

I also remember Mother's Pinball in Mt. Prospect, a suburb.

Pat Shanahan
Chicago
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 7:28:41 PM

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I'm older than arcades and malls. I played at Tempe Bowl, A&W on Apache
Blvd., and PDQ across from Tempe High in Tempe, AZ. A couple others I
can't recall.

bogart
www.pinrestore.com

rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
>
Anonymous
July 12, 2005 7:28:42 PM

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On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 15:28:41 GMT, bogart <pinrestore@gmail.com> wrote:

>I'm older than arcades and malls. I played at Tempe Bowl, A&W on Apache
>Blvd., and PDQ across from Tempe High in Tempe, AZ. A couple others I
>can't recall.

Hey, I've played all those spots! I also played at an arcade next to
Jerry's Audio Exchange on University across from ASU. Dang, can't
remember the name of that place if I ever knew it. Air hockey was big
there.
July 12, 2005 7:53:45 PM

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Orleans, MA - Games People Play & Time Warp

Eastham, MA - Idle Times

Hyannis, MA - School's Out!

-Bruce

<rwkeown@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
> guys are doing now....
>
> Cheers!!
> Bob
>
July 12, 2005 8:23:00 PM

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the big bang

digger


"Dkakd" <dkakd@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Galaxy in NE Philly.
>
> Dan
>
> rwkeown@yahoo.com wrote:
>> The recently posted classic arcade pics got me thinking again about my
>> favorite place to burn quarters as a kid. It was called Funway
>> Freeway. They always had at least 6 pins in excellent shape. The
>> techs really must have known what they were doing, as I never recall a
>> game being dirty or less then fully functional. Wonder what those
>> guys are doing now....
>>
>> Cheers!!
>> Bob
>
!