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_ Down Tennessee
But first, he had to come up with
29,000 pennies, in case of a match ... unlikely, but he had had 2 matches
Think of it ... a $435 pot ... that's a lot of pennies!
Of course he didn't have any money ... but, he did have a motorcycle, his
pride and joy!
Well, five minutes later, I owned a pistol, a motorcycle and a few thousand
pennies to boot ... what could I do with those? The pennies would be
converted into dimes and with "Bookie" Turner's help, I'd
"tilt" and beat the illegal "Bingo" pinball machine
down at the Service Station and turn them dimes into dollars! That was the
Well, what about the pistol and the
motorcycle? Give them back, of course ... but not right away.
Said our distraught young gambler in training ... "I'll go home.
And I'll think of some way to get them back. After all ... tomorrow is
Who was this "Bookie"
Turner? Why the local sheriff, of course. While pinball machines were legal
for entertainment purposes, it was illegal for businesses to pay us for the
games we won ... illegal and rampant! Those machines were
everywhere ... bowling alleys, service stations, diners; even at the
Bookie'd do most anything to get the goods on those who did, including
lifting one side of the machine while I put matchbooks under one front leg
so as to "tilt" it and give me an advantage ... another story for
What became of our young pistol packing, motorcycle riding, Doc Holliday
protégé? ... I warned that you might be surprised. No, he didn't become a
dentist or a dealer in Las Vegas ... seems some lessons are better learned
than others and losing his shirt, rod and scooter was a sobering experience
Though now retired, he became known is some parts of the state as "Mister