Scott grew up in the 70s and at the age of 8 insisted on sneaking to the mall to play pinball. Around the age of 12 he had a dream of buying a Paragon machine from a local Space Port for $425 and got a part time job to save money for this. Sadly, temptation of other teenage wants and needs scuttled this dream for another 10 years. Taking a year off after high school before college enabled Scott to purchase his first machine, a Stern Meteor, which he kept in his 10×10 dorm room. During second semester, he purchased a Flash Gordon and a Fathom to go with it. It was a rather large surprise to his parents upon his return home that summer break with 3 machines instead of 1.
3 became 5, 5 became 10, 10 became 13….. all in a 10×10 room in his parents’ house. After moving out most of the machines were put into storage for a couple of years, and pinball was put on the back burner. Around 2000 Scott discovered the internet newsgroup rec.games.pinball, and deciding to do something with all the machines vs. keeping them in storage, along with a nice open basement enabled him to rekindle the pinterest. 13 became 16, 16 became 20, 20 became 30, 30 became 42. Now, half were in a storage shed and the other half were set up. A subsequent move to a new house caused a downsizing from 42 to 30.
After wading through 21 out of 30 projects, Scott experienced a ‘galactic zoo coincidence day’ when all 32 (at the time) of his machines were working 100 percent….. for exactly one day. He hosts an annual party during the Allentown Pinball Wizards’ convention and has played host to pinball leagues and tournaments. Machines of the late 70’s and early 80’s remain his favourites, but his collection includes machines from 1956 to 1995, with the bulk of machines being 80’s era, with classic Sterns being a particular favourite.
A 6502 assembly hacker from way back, Scott applied that hazy knowledge to classic Stern architecture and now programs the 6800 on that platform to make the machines do his bidding (usually!)