It started for me unbeknowns in the late 70s. Mum and Dad opened a record bar with full chrome and red shagpile trimmings..
Dad always let us open the boxes at home from the record companies (I was was the first kid at school with Kiss Dynasty cassette and boy was I popular at age 9!)
Anyway he had a swag of these booklets with a red demon on them and promo for Gorgar...I was in awe. Played it non stop on my turntable. Dad took me to the local pool hall to see the game but I was a bit blown away by all the teenagers and smoke and girls so pinball never grabbed me. The girls were amazing!
It was a couple of years later, Clancys takeaway in Caloundra had Firepower and Stellar Wars, the milk bar at Currimundi had Flash and Kiss. Ultimately, Firepower had me hooked and I dropped lots of 20s into that beast.
I think its stayed with me...I have a penchant for the early Williams stuff over the other brands...they just grab me.
I played later at Grundys and through my Army years as the bases always had pins.
I was determined to one day own a pin or two, but family, moving, house renovation and other hobbies always took over.
About 8 or so years ago I finally did it and boy have gone hard ever since....
Owned prob about 70 titles, most I ever had was 24, been slowly weening myself down and now find working on and bringing and customising is my passion. That and small get together with great mates. I think actually meeting some great people and new friends has been as much as a highlight or more. Also met a fair share of tools to be fair! Like any hobby I guess but the force is strong in pinball !
I love helping people out with custom stuff and bits and pieces.
Currently I am at 4 pins....Jaws, Mad Max, Creature, Afm original build, and 2 more projects in preparation....one I am extremely excited about purely for selfish reasons!. More on that later.