Posts tagged as: Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: Dress Code at the Pool

Flashback Friday: Dress Code at the Pool

It’s become quite common to hear long-time Vegas residents utter the phrase “Back when…” — “Back when the mob ran Vegas,” “Back when there were real entertainers like Sinatra,” “Back when Vegas cared about its customer,” “Back when…” As a native Las Vegan, I have to admit, I’ve uttered the phrase myself. Indulging in nostalgia and [...]

Flashback Friday: When The Atom Was King

Flashback Friday: When The Atom Was King

As the world marks the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945), Flashback Friday looks at a period in the 1950s when the world and Las Vegas enjoyed a fascination with all things atomic. Today’s Flashback Friday photo features Sands Copa Room showgirl Lee Merlin posing [...]

Flashback Friday: When the action was all Downtown

Flashback Friday: When the action was all Downtown

It’s easy to think that the Strip is all there is to see in Las Vegas. The casino corridor that runs down Las Vegas Boulevard is an awe-inspiring spectacle of lights, architecture and people made famous by countless movie and television shows. But long before the Strip was a gleam in a casino mogul’s eye, [...]

Flashback Friday: The Perfect Pumps For the Back Nine

Flashback Friday: The Perfect Pumps For the Back Nine

Here in Vegas we love to golf and, thanks to more than 300 days of sun every year, we can tee off year-round. Today’s Flashback Friday photo showcases the ultimate golf accesory - a nice pair of high-heeled pumps. Barbara and Sandy Meek gaze off into the distance on the 5th tee at the Desert Inn Golf [...]

Flashback Friday: Know when to hold’em

Flashback Friday: Know when to hold’em

The 2009 World Series of Poker main event games are underway at the Rio poker room. While other events have been going on since May 26, the main event – No-Limit Texas Hold’em – started July 3 and will winnow down more than 6,000 entrants to a final table of nine by July 15. Those players [...]

Flashback Friday: When Coins Were Kings

Flashback Friday: When Coins Were Kings

As a young kid growing up in Vegas, nothing screamed – “You have walked into a casino!” – more than the constant sound of coins plopping down into the metal hopper of a slot machine. Listening to the echoing sound of plunk, plunk, plunk reaffirmed you were a winner in Vegas, if nowhere else. And it was [...]

Flashback Friday: Las Vegas Premiere

Flashback Friday: Las Vegas Premiere

In honor of the 2009 CineVegas Film Festival (June 10 – 15), this week’s flash back is to the 1952 world premiere of “The Las Vegas Story” held at the Fremont Theatre in Downtown Las Vegas. The movie starred Jane Russell, Vic Mature and Vincent Price. The story revolves around Linda (Russell) and Lloyd Rollins [...]

Flashback Friday: High-Stakes World of Baccarat

Flashback Friday: High-Stakes World of Baccarat

Today we flash back to 1966 to take a look at gambling in Sin City, specifically a game surrounded in mystique – baccarat. Baccarat was brought to Las Vegas from the casinos of Havana, Cuba, in 1959 by John Scarne and Tommy Ronzoni. It was first played in the Deuville Room at the old Sands [...]

Flashback Friday: Osmondmania

Flashback Friday: Osmondmania

Today we flash back to 1974 and the height of Osmondmania with a picture of Donny and Marie Osmond performing at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. This was not their first appearance in Las Vegas. When Donny was just 7, he (and his brothers)  appeared onstage at the Sahara with Shirley Bassey.  Donny and Marie [...]

Flashback Friday: The Original Pool Club

Flashback Friday: The Original Pool Club

Memorial Day marks the official kick-off of pool season in Las Vegas. While we like to think the concept of pool clubs, a place to party the day away surrounded by beautiful folks in swimwear, drink servers and floating gambling, is a relatively new concept, in reality folks have been bringing the party poolside in [...]

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