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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Space Shuttle Commander

One of the astronauts outside of the Apollo program I have always admired was Robert Crippen. Crippen was the pilot for the first mission of Space Shuttle Columbia, which was launched on April 12, 1981. Crippen later served as Commander for three additional Space Shuttle missions. Earlier in his career as an astronaut Crippen served as support crew for several Skylab missions as well as Apollo-Soyuz. He epitomizes having ‘The Right Stuff’. Astronauts, as a general rule, infrequently interact with the public, sign autographs, etc. Many of the early astronauts have passed away. With that said can you believe the picture below?!?! Of course this will be hung on the wall at Tranquility Base Arcade.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hornet + 3

It is not every day that you get to walk in your hero's footsteps! I recently toured the USS Hornet aircraft carrier where on July 24, 1969 President Richard Nixon welcomed home Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins from their Apollo 11 flight. What a thrill!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stop Thief!

After an extensive repair job, I have completed the restoration of a 1981 Pacific Novelty Thief. The game is in original condition and plays great! The game is thought to be the only Thief made with a red cabinet. The game required quite a number of repairs including a complete rebuild of the game boards, installing an MP3 player to replace the missing cassette deck, replacing the control panel overlay and putting in new locks. The monitor was also rebuilt.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Settle It On The Screen

Thanks to Nick Houslander and the gang at Settle It On The Screen for mentioning my recent Sprint 2 World Record. It is always an honor to be recognized by Twin Galaxies/Guinness.

Monday, July 31, 2017

New Sprint 2 World Record!!!

Once again I set the World Record for Sprint 2 on Tranquility Base Arcade's very own Sprint 2 machine. Twin Galaxies International confirmed the record on July 31, 2017. I scored 550 points, which is 20 points higher than the old record of 530 points set by legendary video game player John McAllister on July 8, 2017. Sprint 2, which was initially released by Atari in 1976, has been a long time favorite of mine and it is a thrill to be recognized as the current World Record holder for this game.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Apollo 1

Edward H. White II - Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom - Roger B. Chaffee
We Remember
50th Anniversary Of Apollo 1 Accident

Monday, January 16, 2017

Last Man On The Moon

Gene Cernan died today. Almost everyone knows that Neil Armstrong was the first man on the Moon but virtually no one knows that Cernan as Commander of Apollo 17 was the last man on the Moon. Shortly before leaving the Moon for the final time Cernan wrote his daughter's initials on the lunar surface and uttered these words: ".....As I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I'd like to just say what I believe history will record: that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17." Godspeed Gene Cernan. I hope in my lifetime we get to see your daughters initials again.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Asteroids Field

Houston....we are in a field of Asteroids! I brought all my Asteroids machines out of storage and started to restore them. At this point I have rebuilt all the vector monitors and now have four working Asteroids machines! Once the games are restored one of them will be put back into service in Tranquility Base Arcade.