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My friendship with Russ:

Some 7 years ago, I opened up my email one day to find a letter from Russ giving me a few clues on some Bingos I listed on this site as “unknowns” and in the email he included his phone number in case I ever wanted to chat……lol……

 

Being completely new to the game I had absolutely no idea who he was, but as all of you I quickly figured out that Mr. Jensen was clearly one of the leading experts of all time on the coin-op industry and games…….

 

I don’t think we emailed each other more than four or five times and gabbed on the phone but twice, but the next thing I know – I am getting little things in the mail here and there, including a true treasure: A taped copy of the Don Hooker interview he did in 1984 with Dick Bueschel, which I’d be glad to send you a copy if you email me your mailing address.

 

One thing that really struck me as neat about Russ was his casual demeanor, he was real real quick at gruffly telling you to go read his website verses answering your question, if the information was something he already recorded somewhere

 

lol………you couldn’t help but like this guy!

 

 

(It is certain that the bingo pages you see from me are a direct result of Russ’s Friendship & Guidance)

 

 

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Some Cool Things He Shared With Me:

 

He used “webextract” to down load entire sites – all of the HTML code – etc.

 

Charles Babbage and Sir Issac Newton were his idols and he always encouraged me to read about these guys.

 

He used “PointSpeak” to read into his computer and have it print out the various articles and document he authored at a pretty price of ~$40 USD

 

To learn more about Bally and a little more their Bingo history, he recommended that I read the new book  “Bally – The worlds Game Maker”  and I had a feeling that he contributed to this book and spoke from first hand knowledge.

 

 

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New Internet Russ Links:

 

From: HistoryHawk on rec.games.pinball

 

Jesse Kujawa, has posted a memorial page at:
http://www.firstgiving.com/pinballmemory,
And is inviting people to make donations to the American Cancer
Society which can be done through the memorial page.

Also, there was a suggestion to make donations to IPDB in Russ's name.
I have been in contact with Jay and Wolf at IPDB. They have posted a
link page and have made Russ's entire web page available and stored on
IPDB servers. This is a wonderful idea since Russ's family has no
interest in pinball and will probably not maintain his AOL account. I
would assume that when the account expires his page would be removed.
Congratulations to Jay and Wolf for conceiving of and consenting to
keep Russ's page for all to reference and enjoy. The link to IPBD's
page and Russ's entire web site is located at:


http://archive.ipdb.org

To view the many great comments about Russ from the Rec.games.pinbll
group use this link:

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.pinball/browse_thread/thread...

 

Pinball News also made a nice tribute here:
http://www.pinballnews.com/news/jensen.html

 

Russ's Bio as Russ wrote it for the first article he wrote for the
premier issue of AMUSEMENT REVIEW in March 1979) is available on his
web page at: http://members.aol.com/rusjensen/myfirst.htm



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My Original Russ Jensen Page:

 

Russ wrote me an email one day and pointed out that his "EM Trouble-shooting Guide" had a lot of good information in it that could aid the Bingo owner.

One day I asked him how did he get interested in pinballs and in turn, he pointed toward his website and suggested that I read some of the articles.

Well! Clearly some of the best advice I have ever received :)

One of my favorite things on his site there is one area where he reminiscences about being a young engineer and interested in the Bingo technology, so he wrote the Bally folks for a schematic to study...........

You gotta love that!!!!

It's clear Mr. Jensen knows the history of pinballs quite well, along with the players, and the machines. You can bet, I'll be sending away for one of these books as soon as I can get to it:

 

 

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(I have this guide and will post it one day for you when I get a bit of time)

 



Russ Jensen's PINBALL TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE:

The book covers electro-mechanical (E/M) games only. (The Table of Contents is shown below.) Although many of the example circuits are patterned after 1950's era games, the theory and detailed component descriptions cover all eras of EM games. There is some basic circuit theory, detailed descriptions of pinball components, descriptions of typical circuit
configurations used in pingames and detailed descriptions of troubleshooting procedures using home-made test equipment.

If want further information about the book you can Click here to email me or you can phone me (except Saturdays and Sundays after 8:30 AM Pacific time, or Weekday mornings before 10AM PST) at 805-482-3875.

If you just want to purchase one, send $20 (or $21 if you want FIRST CLASS postage) to:

Russ Jensen
1652 Euclid Ave.
Camarillo, CA
93010
CONTENTS

1 Schematic Diagrams
................................................... 1

2 The Power Source
..................................................... 3

3 Relays And Stepping Switches,
Etc..................................... 7

4 Motor Units
......................................................... 13

5 Switches
............................................................ 17

Switch Configurations, 17
Switch Applications, 19
Playfield Switches, 19
Stepping Switches, 19
Switch Maintenance, 21
6 Basic Circuits
...................................................... 23

Switching Circuits, 23
Switch Connections, 23
More Circuit Theory, 25
The Zero Ohms Test, 27
Voltage Drop, 27
Common Power Circuits, 29

7 Circuit Configurations
............................................ 31

Coils In Series, 31
The "Hold On" Circuit, 31
The "Relay Race", 33
A Complex Game Function, 35

8 Troubleshooting Techniques
........................................ 39
Test Light Techniques, 39
Clip Lead Testing, 43
Test Example, 45
Continuity Testing, 45
Wire Tracing, 47
Switch Testing, 47

 

 

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My Russ Jensen Links:

 

 

http://www.pinballcollectorsresource.com/russart.html

 

 

Russ's Trouble-Shooting Guide from Coin Slot magazine



 

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~ Russ Jensen _ the “Pin Man”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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