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Approaching A Milestone…The History of the Knapp Arcade Page

9,998 Facebook Followers

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6,482 Instagram Followers

”You gotta get to 10,000 Followers on Facebook,” I can remember my brother saying that like it was yesterday. Jordan was an Internet pioneer and one of my biggest cheerleaders. He was always fixated on me getting the original Knapp Arcade page to 10,000 followers. Before he passed away recently I remember that he would say “Once you get to 10K, you can do XYZ…” Well, Jord we’re almost there.

I’m not typically one to stand on a chair and thump my chest about my accomplishments, but I am proud of what the Knapp Arcade pages have become…a positive place that we can all come to talk about the hobby that we love, free from Trolling and arguing and the typical negativity that a lot of message boards often devolve into. That’s why I’ve always been quick on the trigger to ban people who troll in the comments section of my posts. It’s nothing personal, it’s about maintaining a positive atmosphere.

Since my sites have gained more popularity recently, a lot of people have asked me where it came from. I’ve actually been writing about the hobbies that we all love, pinball and arcade machines, for nearly seven years on Facebook.

September 12th, 2015 is the date the Knapp Arcade Facebook page was born. Originally coined, the “Knapp Arcade Charity Dart Tournament”, my sons and I created the account to promote and track a charity dart tournament to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital that we held in our home arcade with our new Arachnid Galaxy 2.5 dart board.

The event was a success. We had a lot of fun and raised a decent amount of money for charity. The Facebook page sat dormant for a few months after that, until some people on one of the arcade collectors Facebook pages started giving me a hard time for helping others get good deals on arcade games through Craigslist because they wanted to horde them all for themselves. I said “forget this, I'm going to use the Dart page to say whatever I want”...and Knapp Arcade was born.

Fast forward to today and we have a lot of friends who gather here to talk about arcade and pinball machines.

I don’t do this for the money. It’s not that I don’t care about money, of course I do, but I’m doing just fine and there’s always someone out there who needs more help than I do. So I’m that vein and to pay tribute to the origin of this page, I have created another charity drive for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. If you’ve enjoyed the content that you’ve read here over the years and want to show appreciation, please donate to the cause. In my mind, it’s hard to find a more worthy one than helping sick kids. If you don’t want to donate and just enjoy reading about the hobby in a positive environment, that’s cool too. Here's a link to the charity page:

Thanks to everyone for hanging out here!

The last picture that I have of Jord and I, from Christmas.

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