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Michigan man planning private pinball museum

Michigan man plans private museum for his growing collection of vintage pinball machines

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan man is planning to turn a vacant VFW hall into a private museum for his growing collection of vintage pinball machines.

WHMI-FM reports the planning commission in Livingston County’s Green Oak Township on Thursday approved a special use permit for Clay Harrell’s museum.

The retired computer analyst has been collecting and restoring pinball machines since the early 1990s. He has more than 100, with some dating back to the 1930s. His basement and warehouse are filled, so he wanted the museum to house his machines and as work space.

The museum isn’t expected to be open to the public most of the time.

Harrell says, however, the commission gave him the option of hosting some special events. Those could include pinball machine showcases — or even tournaments.

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