Flipping Out Over Pinball; Euclid Beach Rocket Car and Grand Carousel
Thanks to a group of dedicated and passionate pinball players here in Northeast Ohio, folks are starting to flip out again over Pinball at places like the Superelectric Pinball Parlor on West 78th Street, Kid-force Collectibles in Berea, and The Happy Dog in Gordon Square.
One of the most unforgettable rides at Euclid Beach Park was the Rocket Ship - three cars suspended about 30 feet in the air that went round and around. When the park closed in 1969, all vestiges of the ride could have been lost forever if not for the efforts of one frequent flier who took a chance to re-launch one of the Park’s most popular rides.
One of the first rides that opened at Euclid Beach Park in 1895 was a Carousel. In 1910, the Park replaced it with a bigger Grand Carousel consisting of 54 horses and two chariots. After the park closed, the ride wound up in Old Orchard Beach, Maine - at that Palace Playland amusement park. When they closed the carousel wound up on the auction block, and now is back home at the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Brian Hill, Cleveland Pinball League
Sean Watterson, Happy Dog bar owner
Ben Haehn, Superelectric Pinball Parlor
Don Johnson, Kidforce Pinball League
Michelle McCleester, tournament player & collector
John Delzoppo, tournament player & collector
Terry Kovel, Antique Expert
Kelly Falcone-Hall, Western Reserve Historical Society
Ron Heitman, Rocket Man