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From: "Laurian Moomjian" <lmoomjian@attbi>
Subject: Bingo Memories in Long Beach and "ol Las Vegas
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2003 18:53:58 -0600
I've been a binger for 25 years. I first got hooked when I found a stash of machines on the second floor of an old arcade in Long Beach California.
As the story goes, Mr. Sullivan had a bunch of Bally bingos on one-cent play in his arcade on the Long Beach Nu-Pike, a great hangout and popular
place for US Navy folks. Apparently the Feds wanted to slap a fee on each machine ($50?) and Mr. Sullivan said BS and moved all of 'em upstairs
where they sat for years. He passed away, and one of my pinball buddies told me about the machines. His daughter was still running the arcade in
it's last days, and she let me have my pick for, you guessed it, $50 apiece. I remember the fun of being in the dusty room with bingos stacked
everywhere, take your choice. I had a Big Time, Double Header, Night Club and Show Time back then. I sold 'em when I moved from California
abut 10 years ago, but recently bought a Silver Sails and am having a blast with it!
~ 1-Cent-Play Bingos – Now Mr. Sullivan was obviously pretty Cool and his daughter wasn’t too far behind! ~
~ Quite the set of Bally Bingos - A 54, two 56s, and a 57 – Awesome collection to have for $200 even in 1980 ~
A perfect home for the Bingos: The Pike was an amusement park and arcade near the beach south of Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, California. Started in 1902,
The Pike ran until 1979, when a long-term contract with the city ran out. It was most noted for its large wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone Racer, that extended
out over the water. The area surrounding the pike also went by the names of Silver Spray Pier and after World War II, it was expanded and renamed
Nu-Pike. In the 1950s, the area underwent a facelift, giving it a post-World War II modern look and the park was renamed "Nu-Pike."
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