Flashback Friday: Boo Boo, Where’s Yogi?


Trying to break the bank in Vegas proves to be extra challenging when Boo Boo, an 850-pound performing bear, is at the blackjack tables. Boo Boo thought Joyce Hutchings (left), really should have taken an extra card.

This photo was taken in 1969, when Boo Boo and five other bears, performed at Circus Circus. Circus Circus still has live circus acts, just not at the blackjack tables.

In case you were wondering, the hotel got Boo Boo to pose by spreading cookie crumbs all over the blackjack table.


I'm one of a rare breed of folks, a native Las Vegan. That's Las Vegan, not Vegan. Being born in Las Vegas has endowed me with crazy Vegas skills - must be all the exposure to neon. I'm a human casino GPS, celebrity locator (You never know who you'll meet in a casino elevator, right Richard Branson?) and tip calculator. My mom taught me probability and statistics with decommissioned casino dice. When I walk through a hotel, tourists think I work there. Maybe it's my smile, my purposeful walk or my friendly answers. Maybe it's just the black suit. But whatever the reason, Vegas.com gives me the chance to exercise my Vegas super powers every day. Now if I could just predict when Megabucks would hit... You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.