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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 time, we talked about the origins of the Aladdin Hotel under the leadership of Milton Prell. After he sold it, the trouble started. The next owner, Albert Parvin, had ties to Meyer Lansky.
No fooling. April 1 marks the golden anniversary of the opening of a major and often troubled part of the Las Vegas Strip’s history: the Aladdin. Today it’s the site of the Planet Hollywood.
The feathers may be gone, but the memories remain.
Last time, we had talked about the Las Vegas army gunnery school. The school almost didn’t happen.
Last time, we talked about the origins of what is now Nellis Air Force Base.
As diamond jubilees go, this one may not seem to have a lot of jewels. But January marks the 75th anniversary for Nellis Air Force Base … or, more accurately, what is NOW Nellis Air Force Base.
Last time, we were talking about the Rat Pack and the Summit at the Sands. There would be repercussions that affected the life of Frank Sinatra, who was born a century ago, December 12.
Last time, we talked about the life of Frank Sinatra. Nevada in general and Las Vegas in particular were an important part of his life.
Let’s play word association. If I said entertainers and Las Vegas, what combinations come to mind? A lot of them, I’m sure. Liberace, certainly. Siegfried and Roy, of course. Wayne Newton? Sure.
Did you ever see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance? Remember the line? “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Nevada has many legends.
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