Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was a popular NBC TV show that ran from 1979 – 1981 so it only made sense with the many space themed pinball tables in the arcades that Gottlieb would secure the rights to Gil Gerard and Pamela Hensley’s likeness for their 1980 Buck Rogers pinball table.
Now I was lucky enough to get to play the Buck Rogers table back in my youth, only the one time but I still remember it. My Grandparents and I were on vacation and while they were gassing up the RV I was allowed to go inside the gas station where in the very back next to the beer cooler was a Buck Rogers table. I plunked in my quarter and I have to admit I didn’t last very long, I would have possibly played a second game but the old man behind the counter started yelling at me to get out of the store. It didn’t occur to me at first that he was directing his outrage towards me but thankfully my Grandfather came inside the store to pay for the gas a moment later and I left with him. I don’t know…maybe the guy didn’t realize I wasn’t a local kid, perhaps he didn’t allow them in the gas station. One more mystery from my youth we will never solve.
Thanks to Theefxman you can see for yourself how the table handled!
A big thanks as always to The Arcade Flyer Archive for the wonderful flyers you see up top as well as to Mike and Carrington from the No Quarter Podcast for the idea on this post. Last week the duo tackled the Buck Rogers and the Planet of Zoom arcade game and mentioned the pinball table during the podcast. Thanks guys!