Started with some tokens
Gala West and Gala North's Galaxy World arcades is where I caught the pinball bug. I am still not good, but I found "Black Hole" pinball way better than "Moon Patrol" or the other games at the time.
In the 90's, I popped a lot of tokens into the GNR Pinball Machine in Gala North. I think it was a prototype, because it was 1993. The machine was released in 1994, so I am guessing it was a feedback machine. It had a realistic looking snake and a 9MM style gun. The release model was a major improvement.
So, I had to have one of these machines, and I bought a GNR in 1998 from LM Amusements in Roselle.