I want pinball to be more popular because I like it.
Now obviously you can look at me and say "of course he likes it, it's his job." Trust me, the love for pinball came first, and is the REASON I got into the industry, the REASON I joined my 3rd different pinball company despite having been laid off from both of the 2 previous ones.
Most people thought I was crazy for joining JJP, and I probably was. But I just like it too much. There were other reasons, namely the challenge of making a new system, pioneering a new way forward for pinball, etc. But I wanted to do those things because I love it.
Even though it's my day job, I still love it enough to try and get to whatever competitions my schedule and family allow me to get to. Wish I could go to more because I love it, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
I'm grateful that people find what I do interesting, and generally love talking to people about it. It's why I love doing pinball broadcasting; I enjoy talking about pinball, sharing my knowledge about pinball, and hope other people find it interesting to get more interested themselves, more involved, etc.
I started like most people, hanging out on internet time-appropriate fora, whether it was rgp, pinside, rgp2, here. I wish I could shoot the shit more, because as I've said, I love it and love talking about it. I wish I could be more open in public how I really feel about things, but sadly it's viewed as inappropriate. I'll tell you in person, though.
Yes, there is obviously a vested interest in pinball doing better for me since I'm in a not insignificant position at a rising pinball company. But even if I weren't at JJP, you can bet I'd still be here, at PAPA, at Pinburgh, on a broadcast, talking to people in person at shows/tournaments because I just love it.
That's really all there is to it. I wish everyone could "get" it, and I'll keep trying to help them "get" it however I can.
Gary talked for a long time about how "some fabric of life would be lost" or whatever. Great words for the owner of a company trying to convince people pinball is important. Knowing what I know, it sounds sappy to hear it from him to me, but I actually believe those words. A large part of my fabric for sure would be gone, no doubt about it.