Much of the story for this post comes from something that everyone in the collecting/playing/restoration community will likely experience from time-to-time: a greedy seller. At the time, I didn’t realize that it would have such a great ending, though. I was prepared for the worst and wound up getting the best.
The back story on this starts where many an arcade acquisition begins…. Craigslist.
Lonnie McDonald was recently in Louisville to promote the latest leg in his journey to score 10,000,000 points on every upright Joust machine listed in the Aurcade game tracking database. I was fortunate enough to be onsite the night that Lonnie was at Louisville’s Zanzabar and was able to spend a little time talking to him before he settled in to begin the process of posting another 10 mil’ score.
Here’s what he had to say:
This is the first of what I intend to be a series of “Retro Spotlight” interviews that focus on local collectors and industry alumni.
For the first foray into honing my interview skills, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a couple hours with brothers Jeremy & Matt Fleitz and business partner/Luigi impersonator extraordinaire, Joe Stith. These guys are the brainchild (and strong backs) behind the Louisville Arcade Expo and also own the Expo’s parent company, ArcadeRx.
The guys were very gracious to invite me over to their shop and allow me to ask those ‘hard-hitting’ retro questions that we all want answers to.
And they offered up free beer.
Between all the discussion and the shop tour, I was able to get my version of almost “20 questions” answered up..
The 2012 edition of the Louisville Arcade Expo is heading back to town for the weekend of March 2-4, 2012, and it promises to be bigger and better than last year. If you happened to attend last year’s inaugural event then the format will be much the same of what we classic/retro gamers love – rooms packed with rows and rows of classic arcade games, pinballs and console gaming action all set on free-play and ready for hours and hours of fun.
If you need a quick refresher on the 2011 show, check out my recap – http://www.brokentoken.com/events/recap-louisville-arcade-expo-2011/.
What will make this years event different is not so much changing up any of the core events, but instead the focus is on improving the venue, game selection, expanding the floor space and generally making everything “better” where possible.
Follow the break to find out all the new goodness that will be this year’s expo…
It’s neat what can come of a series of totally random situations all boxed up together…. let me set the stage for a bit, then I can move on to what is the most rewarding part of the collecting/restoring/playing hobby for me…
Last week I picked up an Asteroids Deluxe. It is in great shape, but the seller ran upon some hard times, ran out of cash to finish the restoration and thus needed to move it to recoup some of the losses . The only real problem with the game is that the G08 monitor chassis wasn’t anywhere to be found as the seller had sent it out to Chad @ ArcadeCRT to have the chassis completely “gone through”. Seeing as how the seller seemed to be trustworthy and the cabinet was in great shape otherwise (i.e. no water or cabinet damage, good sideart, etc.), I went ahead and bit on it, rode up to Indy and did the pick up and headed back here to Louisville with all the parts in tow.