Michael Gibson’s Night of Nostalgia Wrap Up
Saturday night at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler was an event all to benefit P.A.T.H. (People Attempting To Help) called Night of Nostalgia. This event is tailor made for me. Old school arcade games like Ms. Pacman, Defender, Spy Hunter, Mario Bros, numerous pinball machines, Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64.
So yes, retro gaming heaven.
Obviously, I started with the stand arcade machines. Me and my work mate, Shawn Knight of Hot 107.3 Jamz, started off with some two player action of Centipede. I was never very good at Centipede but it didn't take me long to love using a trackball again. Next we found a sit down machine for some two player action of Ms. Pacman. All that was missing was a slice of pizza sitting on the corner.
Across the back wall were Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 set ups.
Me and Shawn sat down for a couple of Mario Kart 64 races. I destroyed him.
I took in some NBA Jam action on a Super Nintendo. You can see my laser focused concentration here.
To top off Night of Nostalgia were some stars of the small and big screen to meet. Dustin Diamond, best known for Screech on Saved By the Bell, and "Tiny" Lister, Deebo from Friday, were on hand to meet. Both were super nice dudes.
It's crazy to think of all the roles Lister has played in his career. Obviously, his most famous is Deebo from the Friday movies. But he's stared in Star Trek, was the president in Fifth Element, the prisoner that threw the detonator out the window in The Dark Knight and many more.
To close out the night, we got a show The Voice alum Cee Lo Green. His show was a lot of fun. Part party mix, part concert. An absolute blast no matter what your favorite music is.
All in all, Night of Nostalgia was a fantastic time. I'm hoping this will be a returning event and will be a major fundraiser for P.A.T.H. I'll keep a look out for a hopeful future announcement of another Night of Nostalgia in East Texas.