Passion for Pinball
In front of the Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-109.
|Ed was born in Aruba in the
Dutch Caribbean, and works in Code 442 on the Hubble Space Telescope
Project. He has built hardware that was installed on
Hubble during the previous three Servicing Missions. One of
his passions outside of work is refurbishing and playing pinball
Ed's collection of pinball machines.
|The pride and joy of his
collection is his 1985 Williams Space Shuttle
machine. It has been extensively refurbished. This included
painting of the cabinet, a new backglass, and a clearcoated playfield.
Ed's Space Shuttle pinball machine.
The Space Shuttle machine playfield.
It is widely believed by collectors that this machine saved the
pinball industry in the mid 80's. It was the first to combine
multi-ball, spoken voice, ramps, and a playfield toy (the Shuttle) into
one machine. It temporarily halted the decline of the pinball
industry, and many more machines were made after that.
The playfield of the Space Shuttle machine features a graphic of the
Hubble Space Telescope!
Note that HST was launched five years AFTER this machine was made.
Before and after picture of the restoration of the Space Shuttle
Parts of Ed's Space Shuttle machine has been signed by NASA luminaries
John Grunsfeld, Mike Massimino, Gene Kranz and Gunther Wendt
In addition to the Space Shuttle, Ed also has the following
titles: Indiana Jones, Medieval Madness and Flash.
Of these, the Medieval Madness is considered the most collectable and
most wanted machine in the world.
It has been consistently been ranked #1 by collectors for the past
In addition to pinball machines, Ed has also made a few pieces of
including this pinball coffee table.
This non-working table is an example of pinball machines used for
decoration. A complete and working playfield was added to this
(This table will be seen at the Goddard Day display).
(c) Edward Cheung, all rights reserved.