Curt Vendel had a dream, the establishment of a permanent Atari Museum. Unfortunately he realized that was not likely to become a reality. This realization left him with a problem - an extensive rare coin-op games in storage collecting dust. So how did Curt solve this problem? He called Mike Stulir of Back in Time Classic Gaming and Mike hooked him up with Gary Vincent of the American Classic Arcade Museum. Because of this connection, Vendel donated several classic coin-operated games to Funspot's American Classic Arcade Museum.
Mike went down to Staten Island, and met with
Curt about the for the big move to the American Classic Arcade Museum. The two rented a 24' Uhaul truck which just barely fit all of the
games, everything from Breakout,
to Skydiver, to Basketball, Nightdriver and many,
With the truck loaded to the max everything
was ready to roll. First stop...Curt's new
home north of NYC to drop off some of the equipment
and games that will be part of his new home
arcade and game room. Then they hit the road to New Hampshire
When Curt and Mike finally arrived, Gary was anxiously awaiting them with Dave Nelson, the holder of many classic arcade game records. Gary had enlisted Dave for help with the job of unloading the games and getting them into safe storage at Funspot.
As the task progressed and more and more games were safely tucked away in the workshop, they foursome's excitement grew. "The shop is like a candy store and we all
felt like kids!" Gary Vincent recalls. "The place is big and there are some games their that no one has seen in 20-30
At last, the final game came off the truck - Super Breakout. Other
games donated included Super Bug, Le Mans, Tank II and
"They couldn't have gone to a better
home," says Curt, "and I am very happy to know that they will
be played and enjoyed by many people looking to
relive old memories, and for a new generation of
gamers to experience the treasures of the past
and try them for the first time.