August 23, 2009

Pinball fanatic plans a museum

A Silver Spring, Md., man who owns about 800 pinball machines has 50 displayed in his home and says he has donated nine to a museum.

David Silverman has been collecting arcade pinball machines for 25 years. He told the Baltimore Sun he hopes to create a National Pinball Museum -- complete with a research library, themed restaurant and gift shop.

For now, his home serves as a museum. He says he donated nine music-themed pinball machines to the new Music Pinball Hall of Fame at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, a concert venue in Columbia, Md.

Silverman said the machines are good for his 22-year-old son, Zackary, who is autistic. The constant sounds and flashing lights, help engage him.

Having different outlets for him is very important, Silverman said.

His wife of 25 years, Mimi, tolerates his passion very well, he told The Sun.