On February 9th 1967.
On my way to my first day at Clark Elementary School with just a few building down from Frank’s model shop.
I happened to walk cash Frank’s model shop. And I seen some of Buck’s remodel cars in window. Decorated as they were at that time. And I went inside he has Ivory call had comic books boxes of model cars keep in mind in the sixties model cars were great hobbies because we were able to dress it up if you will! With various stickers that came with each model car.
Somebody had a couple machine which was very different for it’s day!
You put your coin in. And a gumball would come out and you had a gun type of trigger. And you have this dream like trigger which when the gumball came out you had to hit the Gumball in the middle of the target. You never did look more like a baseball field we’re with each Gumball and each time you pull the trigger you would there would be a bat. And you had to hit the gumball aiming for the middle the bullseye of the target.
If you hit the target AKA bullseye! He won all the gumballs that were in this pinball type of gumball machine.
It was an early day pinball type of machine where you kept feeding your coins and hope to get all the gumballs that you seen that we’re right up against the plate glass this Gumball type of machine.
I know for a fact! I hit the bullseye! But the owner Frank said “I did not see it!”
The majority of guys that I knew in the neighborhood. To sniffing glue we were into our local Hometown sports teams. We were also into making our model car the biggest, the baddest model car with all the decorations! No one has ever seen!
I think in a way! The owner Frank. Was kind of like the dad that we kids really truly did not have!
He was not open during school hours! As Rowan’s Delicatessen was.
Whirlwind Delicatessen with open before school started which gave a lot of the fifth and sixth graders the opportunity to play Pinball might as well say 5 days a week. And even some of the kids would spend some of their money before school and during lunch time to play Pinball at Roann’s Delicatessen.
Every car that Frank put in his window. He would leave a little note in front of it saying who built it.
Nowadays! If it’s not electronic if it’s not mobile if it’s not the hottest thing going on all around town!
It’s old school!