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The Las Vegas I Remember

The Las Vegas I Remember was originally funded by the Nevada Humanities and produced in association with Frank Wright of the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society.

Original Producer, writer and narrator: Tim Anderson
Centennial Edition writer and editor: Florence Rogers
Centennial Edition audio re-masters and production: Claes Andreasson
With thanks to Professor Michael Green of CCSN.

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  • In November 1980, Laura Fielden Spina was a 16-year-old student at Clark High School. Youthful curiosity drew her to the MGM fire where she quickly began…
  • Lark Williams begins the story of the tragic 1980 fire at the MGM Grand which killed 86 people. Lark was running keno on the floor of the MGM early that…
  • The founder of International Game Technology explains how he came to Nevada and revolutionized the slot machine industry.
  • Wilbur Clark's dream to build a new casino results in a partnership with the mob. From the start, George Foley was a bellman at the DI and tells stories…
  • Producer Don Arden introduces glamorous showgirls to the Las Vegas Strip. Rick Mitchell tells about how a gay dancer could not only survive but succeed in…
  • Lee Tillman tells the story of 'salting' mines with gold to inflate the property value. And the truth behind how a local restaurant could afford to sell…
  • Former Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson (1960-76) tells about his unlikely election. Senator Richard Bryan talks about the campaign tactics of Gragson's…
  • New Jersey immigrant, Harry Merenda, talks about his family's Sicilian mob roots, the 'Boys' in Las Vegas and working at the Desert Inn in the early…
  • Two former show girls, Tracy Heberling and Kathy Saxe tell colorful insider stories of what it was like to be a Las Vegas showgirl.You can download and…
  • Two former show girls, Tracy Heberling and Kathy Saxe tell colorful insider stories of what it was like to be a Las Vegas showgirl.You can download and…