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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…

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…

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…

Flashback Friday: Braving the economic crisis of 1955

On May 23, 1955, the $3.5 million Dunes Hotel & Casino opened to fanfare and Hollywood star Vera-Ellen performing.  By 1956, the hotel, suffering financial issues, partially closed – the victim of a variety of challenges including a worldwide economic slump. It would re-open several months later, to begin the…

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…

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…

A Mother Nature Production

Each year more than 5 million visitors, 15,000 – 18,000 per day, take time out from gambling, clubbing and shopping to experience the floral extravaganza of one of five horticultural shows in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Beginning with Chinese New Year in January and changing through spring, summer,…

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…

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…

Barbie gets her dream suite at the Palms

Barbie turned 50 this year (Girl, you don’t look a day over 21!) and to celebrate she’s taking a trip to Las Vegas. The iconic blonde is stopping by the Palms Las Vegas to enjoy her own specialty suite. Designed by Jonathan Adler, who also designed Barbie’s iconic mansion in…

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…

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…

Is Kung Fu Panda the Next Lion King?

Dreamworks SKG announced today that it would be working in collaboration with Franco Dragone to create a live show based on its animated hit “Kung Fu Panda.” Las Vegas is quite familiar with Dragone’s work. He created and directed a number of landmark Las Vegas shows that helped changed the…

Flashback Friday: A Hell-Raising Parade

In honor of the 75th Annual Helldorado Days we take a look back at the 1953 celebration with this picture of the Clark County Sheriff’s posse riding down Fremont Street under the watchful eye of Vegas Vic. The procession was part of the annual Helldorado parade. This year’s Helldorado parade is Saturday…

Sin City’s Ode to the Bikini

It’s been pool perfect days in Vegas for the last few weeks with cool mornings and 90-degree temperatures in the afternoon. The great weather has coincided with the multitude of early pool club openings ( Bare, Day Dream, Ditch, Rehab, Sapphire pool, Tao Beach, Venus, VooDoo Beach and Wet Republic…

Flashback Friday: Spit and a shine

Vegas Vicki gets her boots shined by Rodney Patrick of Ad-Art Sign Company in November, 1980. At the time this photo was taken the casino Vicki adorned, Glitter Gulch, was owned by Bob Stupak. Stupak is perhaps best known for building the Stratosphere Hotel Casino which opened in 1996. Vegas Vicki…

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,…

Springs Preserve is blooming

Spring has come to Vegas and in between stocking up on Tylenol Allergy Sinus medication and buying bulk boxes of tissues at Cost Co, I took a walk through one of Vegas local treasures. Just 10 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural and…