Pinball Pete’s fans rally to help arcade

 Arcade fans are responding with more than just quarters to keep the doors open at Pinball Pete’s in East Lansing and Ann Arbor.

The owners were reluctant to pass the hat with an online fundraiser. But it’s working: More than $87,000 was raised by Saturday night on GoFundMe.

Many donors are former students from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan with fond memories of playing pinball, PAC-MAN, Skee-Ball and other games. Some who grew up in East Lansing recall going to Pinball Pete’s as teenagers.

“It was sort of like the melting pot of the community,” said Marya Peters, 45, who donated $100. “We could go down there and play video games and casually hang out and meet kids from other schools.”

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