remember visiting them shortly after the move. The memory of
hundreds of pinball machines, on end, packed onto Tim’s tennis court is
still vivid. The court, to this day, has not felt a tennis ball, but it
did make a perfect place to store the games!
they were all moved into a 10,000 square foot building next to
the court and for the next dozen or so years the cream of this
collection (along with some vintage arcade games) was made available to
the public on a few magic evenings a year—Fun Nights.
goal of these Fun Nights was to spread the joy of pinball but also to
raise money through raffles for local charities and to grow the LVPCC
building fund so some day the public Pinball Hall of Fame could be born.
contributions to the raffle was optional, most people bought at
least a few dollars worth of tickets, many 20, 50, often 100 or more.
The random, but very welcome, $5,000+ check would appear from time to
time. People would also donate items for the raffle. Magazine
subscriptions, posters, T-shirts, pinball parts, books: anything a
pinball enthusiast might like. But while we all bought raffle tickets
and did what we could, the driving force was and is Tim.
Fun Nights were planned, organized and funded by Tim and Charlotte. The
games were Tim's. They provided the snacks, the electricity
and facilities for the scores of people who showed up.
And remember, this was their HOME. It all took place
in their back yard! They even opened their guest bedrooms for out
of town crew members and the odd pinball magazine publisher who usually
attended from back home in Michigan. It took determination, focus and a
LOT of understanding, especially on Charlotte’s part, to pull the
events off for those many years! But they could not do it alone.
There was a small but fiercely loyal band of volunteers, some local and
some who traveled, who spent days in preparation before each event.
Volunteers like Hippy, Hopper, Smiley Robert, Ugly Mike, Old
Harold and others were all there to help.
would buy pinball games, spend days in restoration and then deposit the
entire proceeds of a sale into the LVPCC building fund account. He
placed his own games as well as other money-makers on location around
the community and the profit went into the fund. He would travel to
pinball shows around the country conducting raffles and selling
pinball-related items including videos that were self produced or made
and donated by others, all in support of the Hall.
became a reality when the Pinball Hall of Fame was opened in a store
front of a strip shopping center. Things went well but there was still
one more step to take and that was the move from the rented restrictive
confines of the center to a free standing, much larger
building owned by the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club.
dream has become a reality, and you can share in the
fun. Come see what the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club has
created! It’s just down the from the “Strip,” on the famous
Tropicana Avenue, across the street from the Liberace Museum, and
of course you don’t have to just look … you can PLAY!
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