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History and folklore of Nevada, written by Associate Professor Michael Green of UNLV, and narrated by former Senator Richard Bryan. Supported by Nevada Humanities and dedicated to the memory of historian Frank Wright. (All segments prior to August 2003 were written by Frank Wright.)Nevada Yesterdays is the collection of essays written by Frank Wright that immortalize the real history of Las Vegas.
Last week, we talked about the civil rights movement and Nevada’s role in it. Around the time of the march in Selma in March 1965, Nevada’s legislature dealt with civil rights at the local level.
Last time we were talking about Ned Day, who would have been seventy this past April.
In April, Ned Day would have been 70.
Some of you listening to this may have seen the film Selma. It depicted Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders in the fight for voting rights.
When Sarann Knight Preddy died at the age of 94, gaming and the African American community lost their grande dame. Come to think of it, so did everybody else in Nevada.
We would be surprised if each of you hadn’t heard about the death of Jerry Tarkanian and followed some of the countless articles and television shows that have talked about him.
Just before Valentine’s Day, another Las Vegas hotel went down in an implosion. It wasn’t a Strip legend, but the Clarion, just off the Strip, had its own fascinating history.
As politics go, winning one election doesn't necessarily mean an easy victory in the next one. The first Las Vegas resident to be elected to the Senate faced more challenges the second time around.
By the looks of one election, Nevada's political climate in 1964 may have appeared somewhat contrary to what was going on in Washington where there was talk of "the Great Society." The election in Nevada reflected strains in the Democratic Party.
Former Senator Richard Bryan tells us why February 5 marks an important anniversary in Nevada.
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