“When people come to visit, they want to play,” he said. “The younger kids are fascinated by the machines.”
Talbert said when he went on one of his first dates with Beeson, they discussed what things they liked.
Beeson’s grandfather owned a vending company in southern Indiana supplying jukeboxes, pool tables, pinball machines and vending machines to local businesses.
“I remember going with him to get the money out of the machines,” Beeson said. “I would love to find a game that has one of his stickers on the back.”
Beeson restored the shooting gallery game and regularly tops Talbert’s.
Talbert and Beeson revive the graphics and paint and the electronics are repaired by a friend in Russiaville.
“The parts are hard to find,” Talbert said. “There is a network on the Internet where you can find machines to purchase and get tips on making the repairs.”
Each of the games Talbert owns is a little different, each offering a different challenge to its player.
His favorite game is “Night Rider”, which they found for sale in Iowa.
Talbert also owns “Space Mission”, “Flip Flop”, two “Freedom” machines and is restoring a Grand Prix game that can register a score of up to 999,990.
Talbert is hard to beat on any of the games in his collection. He admits to having a “home field” advantage because of the amount of time he spends playing the machines.