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These Women Raped me when I was sleeping

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Antoine Adamberger
Isabelle Adjani
Renée Adorée
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Anouk Aimée
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Arletty
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Stephane Audran
Pernilla August


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Barbara Bain
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Anne Bancroft
Tallulah Bankhead
Theda Bara
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Roseanne
Drew Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore -
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Angela Bassett
Kathy Bates
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Tempestt Bledsoe
Yasmine Bleeth
Joan Blondell )
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Ann Blyth
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Lorraine Bracco
Sonia Braga
Eileen Brennan )
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Stockard Channing -
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Joan Chen
Lynette Chico
Cher
Julie Christie
Diane Cilento
Caitlin Clarke
Lana Clarkson
Jill Clayburgh
Kitty Clive -
Glenn Close
Imogene Coca
Claudette Colbert
Toni Collette
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Kim Delaney
Dana Delany )
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Madhuri Dixit
Shannen Doherty
Lexa Doig -
Fifi D'Orsay (
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Judith Godrèche )
Whoopi Goldberg )

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Janet Leigh
Laura Leighton
Margaret Leighton -
Vivian Leigh )
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Ruth Leuwerik
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June Lockhart
Heather Locklear
Margaret Lockwood -
Barbara Loden
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Jennifer Lopez
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Susan Lucci

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Rose Marie
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Jean Marsh
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Demi Moore
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Jeanne Moreau
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Ornella Muti -

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Anna Neagle
Patricia Neal
Pola Negri
Tracy Nelson
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Kim Novak

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Maureen O'Sullivan

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Lilli Palmer
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Irene Papas
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Valerie Perinne
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Cassandra Peterson
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Natalie Portman
Marie Prevost


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These Women Raped me when I was sleeping

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Antoine Adamberger
Isabelle Adjani
Renée Adorée
Jenny Agutter
Anouk Aimée
Jessica Marie Alba
Jane Alexander
Khandi Alexander
Tatyana Ali
Debbie Allen
Ginger Lynn Allen
Gracie Allen
Joan Allen
Karen Allen
Kirstie Alley
Fran Allison
June Allyson
Maria Conchita Alonso
Suzy Amis
Barbara Anderson
Julie Andrews
Gillian Anderson
Laurie Anderson
Loni Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Ursula Andress
Pier Angeli
Jennifer Aniston
Ann - Margret
Lysette Anthony
Laura Antonelli
Gabrielle Anwar
Anne Archer
Fanny Ardant
Eve Arden
Asia Argento
Arletty
Lee Armstrong
Yvonne Arnaud
Bea Arthur
Jean Arthur
Mary Astor
Stephane Audran
Pernilla August


Lauren Bacall
Barbara Bach
Barbara Bain
Carroll Baker
Kathy Baker
Fairuza Balk
Lucille Ball
Anne Bancroft
Tallulah Bankhead
Theda Bara
Brigitte Bardot
Majel Barrett
Roseanne
Drew Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore -
Kim Basinger
Angela Bassett
Kathy Bates
Emmanuelle Béart
Frances Bavier
Anne Baxter
Kate Beckinsale
Kimberly Beck
Kathleen Beller
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Annette Bening
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Joan Bennett
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Senta Berger
Gertrude Berg
Ingrid Bergman
Elisabeth Bergner
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Halle Berry
Laura Bertram
Barbara Billingsley
Juliette Binoche
Jane Birkin
Jacqueline Bisset
Claudia Black
Cate Blanchett
Tempest Bledsoe
Tempestt Bledsoe
Yasmine Bleeth
Joan Blondell )
Giselle Blondet
Claire Bloom
Ann Blyth
Lisa Bonet
Helena Bonham Carter
Shirley Booth
Clara Bow
Lorraine Bracco
Sonia Braga
Eileen Brennan )
Fanny Brice
Ashley Brillault
Louise Brooks
Metka Bucar
Betty Buckley
Genevieve Bujold
Sandra Bullock
Billie Burke
Delta Burke
Kathy Burke
Ellen Burstyn

Neve Campbell
Claudia Cardinale
Leslie Caron
Charisma Carpenter
Tia Carrere
Diahann Carroll
Lina Carstens
Lynda Carter
Nell Carter
Katrin Cartlidge
Nancy Cartwright
Maria Casares
Joanna Cassidy
Kate del Castillo
Veronica Castro
Phoebe Cates
Kim Cattrall
Kate Ceberano
Carol Channing
Stockard Channing -
Geraldine Chaplin
Cyd Charisse
Daveigh Chase
Joan Chen
Lynette Chico
Cher
Julie Christie
Diane Cilento
Caitlin Clarke
Lana Clarkson
Jill Clayburgh
Kitty Clive -
Glenn Close
Imogene Coca
Claudette Colbert
Toni Collette
Joan Collins
Jennifer Connelly
Barbara Cook
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Jeanne Crain
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Penelope Cruz
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Leigh Curtis
Joan Cusack
Sinead Cusack

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Avgusta Danilova
Blythe Danner (
Jacqueline Danno
Linda Darnell
Sophie Daumier
Elyssa Davalos
Marion Davies
Ann B. Davis
Bette Davis
Doris Day
Ellen DeGeneres
Ruby Dee
Sandra Dee
Olivia de Havilland
Kim Delaney
Dana Delany )
Julie Delpy
Evelyn Del Rio -
Catherine Deneuve
Judi Dench
Sandy Dennis
Bo Derek
Laura Dern
Colleen Dewhurst
Susan Dey
Amita Dhiri -
Cameron Diaz
Angie Dickinson
Marlene Dietrich
Madhuri Dixit
Shannen Doherty
Lexa Doig -
Fifi D'Orsay (
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Louise Dresser
Marie Dressler
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Irene Dunne
Kirsten Dunst
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Alice Faye
Maria Felix
Noel Ferrier -
Sally Field (
Danielle Fischel
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Louise Fletcher
Elisabeth Flickenschildt
Calista Flockhart
Ann Flood
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Judith Godrèche )
Whoopi Goldberg )

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Mirian Hopkins
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Margaret Leighton -
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Barbara Loden
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Traci Lords
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Myrna Loy
Susan Lucci

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Meredith Monroe
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Demi Moore
Agnes Moorehead
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Jeanne Moreau
Rebecca De Mornay
Ornella Muti -

Kathy Najimy
Mildred Natwick
Anna Neagle
Patricia Neal
Pola Negri
Tracy Nelson
Francesca Neri -
Kim Novak

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Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Sullivan

Geraldine Page
Betsy Palmer
Lilli Palmer
Gwyneth Paltrow
Silvana Pampanini -
Irene Papas
Anna Paquin
Estelle Parsons
Christine Pascale
Elizabeth Pena
Rosie Perez -
Valerie Perinne
Bernadette Peters
Jean Peters
Cassandra Peterson
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Phillips
Peg Phillips
Sian Phillips
Kejmanee Pichaironnarongsongkram
Mary Pickford
Molly Picon
Rebecca Pidgeon
Rosamund Pike
Zazu Pitts
Dana Plato
Suzanne Pleshette
Erika Pluhar
Dusa Pockaj
Henny Porten
Natalie Portman
Marie Prevost


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Raven - Symone
Martha Raye
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Lynn Redgrave
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Maricarmen Regueiro
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Diana Rigg
Ita Rina
Molly Ringwald
Kelly Ripa
Fay Ripley
Ilse Ritter
Thelma Ritter
Chita Rivera
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Rachel Roberts
Holly Robinson
Gladys Rodriguez
Ginger Rogers
Mimi Rogers
Esther Rolle
Christy Romano
Ruth Roman
Rebecca Romijn - Stamos
Jamie Rose
Diana Ross
Marion Ross
Patricia Routledge
Gena Rowlands
Jane Russell
Lillian Russell
Rosalind Russell
Margaret Rutherford
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Meg Ryan
Lisa Ryder
Winona Ryder

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Cristina Saralegui
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Prunella Scales
Maria Schell
Romy Schneider
Katja Schuurman
Hanna Schygulla
Jean Seberg
Edie Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick
Emmanuelle Seigner
Fiona Shaw
Alia Shawkat
Athole Shearer
Moira Shearer
Norma Shearer
Ally Sheedy
Deborah Shelton
Brooke Shields
Jane Sibbett
Sarah Siddons
Simone Signoret
Alicia Silverstone
Jean Simmons
Joan Sims
Lilia Skala
Erika Slezak
Alexis Smith
Jaclyn Smith
Maggie Smith
Samantha Smith
Sonya Smith
Carrie Snodgress
Leelee Sobieski
Gale Sondergaard
Mira Sorvino
Ann Sothern
Catherine Spaak
Sissy Spacek
Tori Spelling
Georgina Spelvin
Barbara Stanwyck
Jean Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
Koo Stark
Barbara Steele
Mary Steenburgen
Frances Sternhagen
Connie Stevens
Inger Stevens
Juliet Stevenson
Sharon Stone
Gale Storm
Madeleine Stowe
Susan Strasberg
Meryl Streep
Barbra Streisand
Elaine Stritch
Gloria Stuart
Imogen Stubbs
Barbara Sukowa
Susan Sullivan
Mena Suvari
Hilary Swank
Loretta Swit

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Sharon Tate
Elizabeth Taylor
Estelle Taylor
Jeannine Taylor
Lili Taylor
Shirley Temple
Ellen Terry
Charlize Theron
Tiffani - Amber Thiessen
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Emma Thompson
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Uma Thurman
Gene Tierney
Nadja Tiller
Jennifer Tilly
Thelma Todd
Marisa Tomei
Michelle Trachtenberg
Nancy Travis
Claire Trevor
Rachel True
Olga Tschechowa
Robin Tunney
Janine Turner
Helen Twelvetrees
Liv Tyler
Cicely Tyson

Liv Ullmann

Monica Vitti

Julie Walters
Zoe Wanamaker
Rachel Ward
Lesley Ann Warren
Ruth Warrick
Mona Washbourne
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Emma Watson
Naomi Watts
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Helene Weigel
Grethe Weiser
Rachel Weisz
Raquel Welch
Ilse Werner
Mae West
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Kimberly Williams
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Alfre Woodard
Natalie Wood
Victoria Wood
Joanne Woodward
Irene Worth
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Robin Wright
Teresa Wright
Kari Wuhrer
Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyman
Michelle Yeoh
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Frances Abington 
Antoine Adamberger 
Isabelle Adjani 
Renée Adorée 
Jenny Agutter 
Anouk Aimée 
Jessica Marie Alba 
Jane Alexander 
Khandi Alexander 
Tatyana Ali 
Debbie Allen 
Ginger Lynn Allen 
Gracie Allen 
Joan Allen 
Karen Allen 
Kirstie Alley 
Fran Allison 
June Allyson 
Maria Conchita Alonso 
Suzy Amis 
Barbara Anderson 
Julie Andrews 
Gillian Anderson 
Laurie Anderson 
Loni Anderson 
Pamela Anderson 
Ursula Andress 
Pier Angeli 
Jennifer Aniston 
Ann - Margret 
Lysette Anthony 
Laura Antonelli 
Gabrielle Anwar 
Anne Archer 
Fanny Ardant 
Eve Arden 
Asia Argento 
Arletty 
Lee Armstrong 
Yvonne Arnaud 
Bea Arthur 
Jean Arthur 
Mary Astor 
Stephane Audran 
Pernilla August 


Lauren Bacall 
Barbara Bach 
Barbara Bain 
Carroll Baker 
Kathy Baker 
Fairuza Balk 
Lucille Ball 
Anne Bancroft 
Tallulah Bankhead 
Theda Bara 
Brigitte Bardot 
Majel Barrett 
Roseanne 
Drew Barrymore 
Ethel Barrymore - 
Kim Basinger 
Angela Bassett 
Kathy Bates 
Emmanuelle Béart 
Frances Bavier 
Anne Baxter 
Kate Beckinsale 
Kimberly Beck 
Kathleen Beller 
Bea Benaderet 
Annette Bening 
Constance Bennett 
Joan Bennett 
Candice Bergen 
Senta Berger 
Gertrude Berg 
Ingrid Bergman 
Elisabeth Bergner 
Sarah Bernhardt 
Halle Berry 
Laura Bertram 
Barbara Billingsley 
Juliette Binoche 
Jane Birkin 
Jacqueline Bisset 
Claudia Black 
Cate Blanchett 
Tempest Bledsoe 
Tempestt Bledsoe 
Yasmine Bleeth 
Joan Blondell ) 
Giselle Blondet 
Claire Bloom 
Ann Blyth 
Lisa Bonet 
Helena Bonham Carter 
Shirley Booth 
Clara Bow 
Lorraine Bracco 
Sonia Braga 
Eileen Brennan ) 
Fanny Brice 
Ashley Brillault 
Louise Brooks 
Metka Bucar 
Betty Buckley 
Genevieve Bujold 
Sandra Bullock 
Billie Burke 
Delta Burke 
Kathy Burke 
Ellen Burstyn 

Neve Campbell 
Claudia Cardinale 
Leslie Caron 
Charisma Carpenter 
Tia Carrere 
Diahann Carroll 
Lina Carstens 
Lynda Carter 
Nell Carter 
Katrin Cartlidge 
Nancy Cartwright 
Maria Casares 
Joanna Cassidy 
Kate del Castillo 
Veronica Castro 
Phoebe Cates 
Kim Cattrall 
Kate Ceberano 
Carol Channing 
Stockard Channing - 
Geraldine Chaplin 
Cyd Charisse 
Daveigh Chase 
Joan Chen 
Lynette Chico 
Cher 
Julie Christie 
Diane Cilento 
Caitlin Clarke 
Lana Clarkson 
Jill Clayburgh 
Kitty Clive - 
Glenn Close 
Imogene Coca 
Claudette Colbert 
Toni Collette 
Joan Collins 
Jennifer Connelly 
Barbara Cook 
Gladys Cooper 
Courteney Cox 
Jeanne Crain 
Joan Crawford 
Penelope Cruz 
Jamie Lee Curtis 
Jamie Leigh Curtis 
Joan Cusack 
Sinead Cusack 

Claire Danes 
Avgusta Danilova 
Blythe Danner ( 
Jacqueline Danno 
Linda Darnell 
Sophie Daumier 
Elyssa Davalos 
Marion Davies 
Ann B. Davis 
Bette Davis 
Doris Day 
Ellen DeGeneres 
Ruby Dee 
Sandra Dee 
Olivia de Havilland 
Kim Delaney 
Dana Delany ) 
Julie Delpy 
Evelyn Del Rio - 
Catherine Deneuve 
Judi Dench 
Sandy Dennis 
Bo Derek 
Laura Dern 
Colleen Dewhurst 
Susan Dey 
Amita Dhiri - 
Cameron Diaz 
Angie Dickinson 
Marlene Dietrich 
Madhuri Dixit 
Shannen Doherty 
Lexa Doig - 
Fifi D'Orsay ( 
Carmen Dominicci 
Kathe Dorsch 
Donna Douglas 
Louise Dresser 
Marie Dressler 
Minnie Driver 
Stefka Drolc 
Haylie Duff 
Hilary Duff 
Olympia Dukakis 
Patty Duke 
Margaret Dumont 
Faye Dunaway 
Irene Dunne 
Kirsten Dunst 
Shevonne Durkin 

Susan Egan 
Anita Ekberg 
Lydia Echevarria 
Barbara Eden 
Ida Ehre 
Hallie Kate Eisenberg 
Carmen Electra 
Shannon Elizabeth 
Edith Evans 

Mia Farrow 
Farrah Fawcet 
Alice Faye 
Maria Felix 
Noel Ferrier - 
Sally Field ( 
Danielle Fischel 
Carrie Fisher 
Geraldine Fitzgerald 
Fannie Flagg 
Rhonda Fleming 
Louise Fletcher 
Elisabeth Flickenschildt 
Calista Flockhart 
Ann Flood 
Bridget Fonda 
Jane Fonda 
Joan Fontaine 
Jodie Foster 
Greta Garbo 
Charlotte Gainsbourg 
Ava Gardner 
Judy Garland 
Jennifer Garner 
Betty Garrett 
Greer Garson 
Rebecca Gayheart 
Janet Gaynor 
Mitzi Gaynor 
Sarah Michelle Gellar 
Gina Gershon 
Estelle Getty 
Marla Gibbs 
Therese Giehse 
Melissa Gilbert 
Susana Gimenez 
Hermione Gingold 
Annie Girardot 
Dorothy Gish 
Lillian Gish 
Robin Givens 
Sharon Gless - 
Paulette Goddard 
Judith Godrèche ) 
Whoopi Goldberg ) 

Liane Haid 
Barbara Hale 
Deidre Hall 
Jerry Hall 
Linda Hamilton 
Margaret Hamilton 
Alyson Hannigan ( 
Marcia Gay Harden 
Jean Harlow 
Angie Harmon 
Valerie Harper 
Danielle Harris 
Julie Harris 
Melissa Joan Hart 
Lilian Harvey 
Teri Hatcher 
Goldie Hawn 
Salma Hayek 
Helen Hayes 
Susan Hayward 
Rita Hayworth 
Tippi Hedren 
Brigitte Helm 
Florence Henderson 
Natasha Henstridge 
Audrey Hepburn 
Katharine Hepburn 
Virginia Hewitt 
Hildegarde 
Daisy and Violet Hilton 
Violet Hilton 
Thora Hird 
Jutta Hoffmann 
Judy Holiday 
Judy Holliday 
Celeste Holm 
Katie Holmes 
Darla Hood 
Miriam Hopkins 
Mirian Hopkins 
Marianne Hoppe 
Brigitte Horney 
Kate Hudson 
Helen Hunt 
Holly Hunter 
Kim Hunter 
Isabelle Huppert 
Anjelica Huston 


Glenda Jackson 
Kate Jackson 
Irene Jacob 
Irène Jacob 
Madhur Jaffrey 
Allison Janney 
Anne Jeffreys 
Glynis Johns 
Celia Johnson 
Angelina Jolie 
Carolyn Jones 
Grace Jones 
Jennifer Jones 
Shirley Jones 
Milla Jovovich 

Koyuki - 
Diane Keaton 
Ruby Keeler 
Penelope Keith 
Marthe Keller 
Grace Kelly 
Fanny Kemble 
Felicity Kendal 
Jayne Kennedy 
Patsy Kensit 
Brooke Kerr 
Deborah Kerr 
Evelyn Keyes 
Leleti Khumalo 
Margot Kidder 
Nicole Kidman 
Nastassja Kinski 
Eartha Kitt 
Hildegard Knef 
Hilde Krahl 
Kristin Kreuk 
Sylvia Kristel 
Lisa Kudrow 
Karyn Kupcinet 
Swoosie Kurtz 

Florence La Badie 
Diane Ladd 
Christine Lahti 
Ricki Lake 
Veronica Lake 
Hedy Lamarr 
Dorothy Lamour 
Elsa Lanchester 
Diane Lane 
Hope Lange 
Jessica Lange 
Lillie Langtry 
Lily Langtry 
Angela Lansbury 
Piper Laurie 
Lucy Lawless 
Carol Lawrence 
Florence Lawrence 
Gertrude Lawrence 
Cloris Leachman 
Zarah Leander 
Vivien Leigh 
Janet Leigh 
Laura Leighton 
Margaret Leighton - 
Vivian Leigh ) 
Lotte Lenya 
Ruth Leuwerik 
Juliette Lewis 
Beatrice Lillie 
Laura Linney 
Peggy Lipton 
Virna Lisi 
Lucy Liu 
Sondra Locke 
June Lockhart 
Heather Locklear 
Margaret Lockwood - 
Barbara Loden 
Lindsay Lohan 
Gina Lollobrigida 
Carole Lombard 
Julie London 
Shelley Long 
Adamari Lopez 
Jennifer Lopez 
Traci Lords 
Sophia Loren 
Myrna Loy 
Susan Lucci 

Andie MacDowell 
Shirley MacLaine 
Norma Macmillan 
Sheila MacRae 
Anna Magnani 
Jacqueline Maillan 
Marjorie Main 
Dorothy Malone 
Barbara Mandrell 
Silvana Mangano 
Jayne Mansfield 
Sophie Marceau 
Nancy Marchand 
Andrea Marcovicci 
Julianna Margulies 
Rose Marie 
Penny Marshall 
Jean Marsh 
Mary Martin 
Elsa Martinelli 
Millicent Martin 
Marsha Mason 
Lea Massari 
Marlee Matlin 
Virginia Mayo 
Mercedes McCambridge 
Maurren McCormick 
Frances McDormand 
Dorothy McGuire 
Crystal McKellar 
Danica McKellar 
Julia McKenzie 
Kristy McNichol 
Butterfly McQueen 
Jayne Meadows 
Anne Meara 
Lucia Mendez 
Melina Mercouri 
Una Merkel 
Inge Meysel 
Karla Michelle 
Bette Midler 
Sarah Miles 
Vera Miles 
Hayley Mills 
Juliet Mills 
Liza Minnelli 
Carmen Miranda 
Lalaine Miranda 
Helen Mirren 
Meredith Monroe 
Pilar Montenegro 
Maria Montez 
Elizabeth Montgomery 
Demi Moore 
Agnes Moorehead 
Julianne Moore 
Jeanne Moreau 
Rebecca De Mornay 
Ornella Muti - 

Kathy Najimy 
Mildred Natwick 
Anna Neagle 
Patricia Neal 
Pola Negri 
Tracy Nelson 
Francesca Neri - 
Kim Novak 

Merle Oberon 
Maureen O'Hara 
Maureen O'Sullivan 

Geraldine Page 
Betsy Palmer 
Lilli Palmer 
Gwyneth Paltrow 
Silvana Pampanini - 
Irene Papas 
Anna Paquin 
Estelle Parsons 
Christine Pascale 
Elizabeth Pena 
Rosie Perez - 
Valerie Perinne 
Bernadette Peters 
Jean Peters 
Cassandra Peterson 
Michelle Pfeiffer 
Michelle Phillips 
Peg Phillips 
Sian Phillips 
Kejmanee Pichaironnarongsongkram 
Mary Pickford 
Molly Picon 
Rebecca Pidgeon 
Rosamund Pike 
Zazu Pitts 
Dana Plato 
Suzanne Pleshette 
Erika Pluhar 
Dusa Pockaj 
Henny Porten 
Natalie Portman 
Marie Prevost 


Luise Rainer 
Charlotte Rampling 
Raven - Symone 
Martha Raye 
Vanessa Redgrave 
Lynn Redgrave 
Donna Reed 
Maricarmen Regueiro 
Ann Reinking 
Lee Remick 
Debbie Reynolds 
Christina Ricci 
Beah Richards 
Denise Richards 
Joely Richardson 
Miranda Richardson 
Natasha Richardson 
Irene Rich 
Cathy Rigby 
Diana Rigg 
Ita Rina 
Molly Ringwald 
Kelly Ripa 
Fay Ripley 
Ilse Ritter 
Thelma Ritter 
Chita Rivera 
Doris Roberts 
Julia Roberts 
Kathleen Robertson 
Rachel Roberts 
Holly Robinson 
Gladys Rodriguez 
Ginger Rogers 
Mimi Rogers 
Esther Rolle 
Christy Romano 
Ruth Roman 
Rebecca Romijn - Stamos 
Jamie Rose 
Diana Ross 
Marion Ross 
Patricia Routledge 
Gena Rowlands 
Jane Russell 
Lillian Russell 
Rosalind Russell 
Margaret Rutherford 
Irene Ryan 
Meg Ryan 
Lisa Ryder 
Winona Ryder 

Stefania Sandrelli 
Cristina Saralegui 
Susan Sarandon 
Savannah (film actress) 
Prunella Scales 
Maria Schell 
Romy Schneider 
Katja Schuurman 
Hanna Schygulla 
Jean Seberg 
Edie Sedgwick 
Kyra Sedgwick 
Emmanuelle Seigner 
Fiona Shaw 
Alia Shawkat 
Athole Shearer 
Moira Shearer 
Norma Shearer 
Ally Sheedy 
Deborah Shelton 
Brooke Shields 
Jane Sibbett 
Sarah Siddons 
Simone Signoret 
Alicia Silverstone 
Jean Simmons 
Joan Sims 
Lilia Skala 
Erika Slezak 
Alexis Smith 
Jaclyn Smith 
Maggie Smith 
Samantha Smith 
Sonya Smith 
Carrie Snodgress 
Leelee Sobieski 
Gale Sondergaard 
Mira Sorvino 
Ann Sothern 
Catherine Spaak 
Sissy Spacek 
Tori Spelling 
Georgina Spelvin 
Barbara Stanwyck 
Jean Stapleton 
Maureen Stapleton 
Koo Stark 
Barbara Steele 
Mary Steenburgen 
Frances Sternhagen 
Connie Stevens 
Inger Stevens 
Juliet Stevenson 
Sharon Stone 
Gale Storm 
Madeleine Stowe 
Susan Strasberg 
Meryl Streep 
Barbra Streisand 
Elaine Stritch 
Gloria Stuart 
Imogen Stubbs 
Barbara Sukowa 
Susan Sullivan 
Mena Suvari 
Hilary Swank 
Loretta Swit 

Jessica Tandy 
Sharon Tate 
Elizabeth Taylor 
Estelle Taylor 
Jeannine Taylor 
Lili Taylor 
Shirley Temple 
Ellen Terry 
Charlize Theron 
Tiffani - Amber Thiessen 
Marlo Thomas 
Emma Thompson 
Lea Thompson 
Sada Thompson 
Sybil Thorndike 
Uma Thurman 
Gene Tierney 
Nadja Tiller 
Jennifer Tilly 
Thelma Todd 
Marisa Tomei 
Michelle Trachtenberg 
Nancy Travis 
Claire Trevor 
Rachel True 
Olga Tschechowa 
Robin Tunney 
Janine Turner 
Helen Twelvetrees 
Liv Tyler 
Cicely Tyson 

Liv Ullmann 

Monica Vitti 

Julie Walters 
Zoe Wanamaker 
Rachel Ward 
Lesley Ann Warren 
Ruth Warrick 
Mona Washbourne 
Emily Watson 
Emma Watson 
Naomi Watts 
Sigourney Weaver 
Helene Weigel 
Grethe Weiser 
Rachel Weisz 
Raquel Welch 
Ilse Werner 
Mae West 
Betty White 
Pearl White 
June Whitfield 
Mae Whitman 
Dianne Wiest 
Cindy Williams 
Cynda Williams 
Esther Williams 
Kimberly Williams 
Marie Wilson 
Nancy Wilson 
Rita Wilson 
Marie Windsor 
Debra Winger 
Kate Winslet 
Shelley Winters 
Reese Witherspoon 
Ewelyne Wohlfeiler 
Alfre Woodard 
Natalie Wood 
Victoria Wood 
Joanne Woodward 
Irene Worth 
Fay Wray 
Amy Wright 
Robin Wright 
Teresa Wright 
Kari Wuhrer 
Jane Wyatt 
Jane Wyman 
Michelle Yeoh 
Loretta Young
Pia Zadora 
Moon Unit Zappa 
Renée Zellweger 
Catherine Zeta 
Zhang Ziyi 
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Luck Be A Lady
How about a spin through vintage Las Vegas, beginning with a June 1961 shot of the Sands Casino & Hotel? Husband and wife duo Gordon and Sheila MacRae are the headliners. You might remember him from "Oklahoma" and "Carousel." Over at the Stardust in August ...
Davelandblog: Luck Be A Lady
How about a spin through vintage Las Vegas, beginning with a June 1961 shot of the Sands Casino & Hotel? Husband and wife duo Gordon and Sheila MacRae are the headliners. You might remember him from "Oklahoma" and "Carousel." Over at the Stardust in August 1969, I have no idea who these people ...
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https://plus.google.com/106167163622958950528 Rick David : The Dean Martin Roasts "Jackie Gleason" www.youtube.com/embed/WjnglgT4Q3Y When Dean Martin put together...
The Dean Martin Roasts "Jackie Gleason" www.youtube.com/embed/WjnglgT4Q3Y
When Dean Martin put together the celebrity panel for his roast of Jackie Gleason in 1975 he did it up right. Cast members from Gleason's seminal TV series 'The Honeymooners' were on hand, including Ralph Kramden's 'first' TV wife Audrey Meadows, and Art Carney, appearing in character as his best friend Ed Norton. Also on hand were Sheila MacRae, the second Mrs. Kramden in the late Sixties 'Jackie Gleason Show', and Jane Kean, the second Mrs. Norton also from that series. The only one missing that I would like to have seen was Joyce Randolph, the original Trixie Norton from 'The Honeymooners'. As usual, the dais included top comedians of the day, all in fine form to pay tribute to 'The Great One'. For Milton Berle, this was his twelfth Celebrity Roast, while other repeat performers included Phyllis Diller, Danny Thomas, Gene Kelly and Nipsey Russell. Also on hand were Sid Caesar and Frank Gorshin doing impressions of Burt Lancaster and host Dean Martin. The funniest presenter was Foster Brooks doing his alcoholic routine while portraying Jackie's personal physician.
Just before the Man of the Hour got to speak, Dean presented some film clips of the many characters Jackie Gleason created over the years like Joe the Bartender, the Poor Soul and an amazing look alike impersonation of Oliver Hardy. Of course Jackie got in last licks, and you know that his signature line had to say it all - "How sweet it is."
Watch the video: The Dean Martin Roasts - Jackie Gleason (Man of the Hour)
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Original Air Date - February 27, 1975
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Today in 1921 Sheila MacRae was born. #BornOnThisDate  
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1180 - Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline.
1664 - The Dutch Republic surrenders New Amsterdam to England.
1674 - Second Tantrik Coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
1780 - Benedict Arnold flees to British Army lines when the arrest of British Major John André exposes Arnold's plot to surrender West Point.
1830 - Belgian Revolution: A revolutionary committee of notables forms the Provisional Government of Belgium.
1841 - The Sultan of Brunei cedes Sarawak to the United Kingdom.
1846 - Mexican–American War: General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey.
1873 - Establishment of \"Satyashodhak Samaj\", (Truth-seeker Movement) at Pune, Maharashtra, India by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule.
1877 - Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion
1914 - World War I: The Siege of Przemyśl (present-day Poland) begins.
1946 - Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong.
1946 - Clark Clifford and George Elsey, military advisers to U.S. President Harry S. Truman, present him with a top-secret report on the Soviet Union that first recommends the containment policy.
1962 - United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith.
1968 - ''60 Minutes'' debuts on CBS.
1968 - Swaziland joins the United Nations.
1973 - Guinea-Bissau declares its independence from Portugal.
1979 - CompuServe launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service.
1982 - The Wimpy Operation, first act of resistance against Israeli troops in Beirut
1990 - Periodic Great White Spot is observed on Saturn.
1993 - The Cambodian monarchy is restored, with Norodom Sihanouk as king.
1996 - Representatives of 71 nations sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
2005 - Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
2014 - The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), a Mars orbiter launched into Earth orbit by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully inserted into orbit of Mars.\n\n==Births== born.
15 - Vitellius, Roman emperor (d. 69) born.
936 - 'Adud al-Dawla, Buyid king (d. 983) born.
1301 - Ralph de Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (d. 1372) born.
1501 - Gerolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, physician, and astrologer (d. 1576) born.
1513 - Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (d. 1535) born.
1577 - Louis V, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (d. 1626) born.
1583 - Albrecht von Wallenstein, Bohemian general (d. 1634) born.
1625 - Johan de Witt, Dutch mathematician and politician (d. 1672) born.
1667 - Jean-Louis Lully, French composer (d. 1688) born.
1705 - Count Leopold Joseph von Daun, Austrian field marshal (d. 1766) born.
1717 - Horace Walpole, English historian, author, and politician (d. 1797) born.
1755 - John Marshall, American captain, jurist, and politician, 4th United States Secretary of State (d. 1835) born.
1761 - F.L.Æ. Kunzen, German-Danish composer and conductor (d. 1817) born.
1796 - Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor (d. 1875) born.
1801 - Mikhail Ostrogradsky, Ukrainian-Russian mathematician and physicist (d. 1862) born.
1802 - Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist (d. 1868) born.
1817 - Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio, Spanish poet and philosopher (d. 1901) born.
1829 - Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, Secretary of State of Texas (d. 1885) born.
1845 - Nikolai Anderson, Estonian philologist and author (d. 1905) born.
1858 - Eugene Foss, American politician, 45th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1939) born.
1859 - Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer (d. 1933) born.
1861 - Bhikaiji Cama, Indian activist (d. 1936) born.
1870 - Georges Claude, French chemist and engineer, invented Neon lighting (d. 1960) born.
1871 - Lottie Dod, English tennis player, golfer, and archer (d. 1960) born.
1872 - Jaan Teemant, Estonian lawyer and politician, 7th State Elder of Estonia (d. 1941) born.
1878 - Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss author and poet (d. 1947) born.
1880 - Sarah Knauss, American super-centenarian (d. 1999) born.
1882 - Max Decugis, French tennis player (d. 1978) born.
1883 - Franklin Clarence Mars, American businessman, founded Mars, Incorporated (d. 1934) born.
1883 - Lawson Robertson, Scottish-American high jumper (d. 1951) born.
1884 - Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (d. 1963) born.
1884 - İsmet İnönü, Turkish general and statesman, who served as the second President of Turkey (d. 1973) born.
1884 - Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (d. 1953) born.
1885 - Artur Lemba, Estonian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1963) born.
1890 - A. P. Herbert, English author and playwright (d. 1971) born.
1893 - Blind Lemon Jefferson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1929) born.
1894 - Tommy Armour, Scottish-American golfer (d. 1968) born.
1894 - Billy Bletcher, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1979) born.
1896 - F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1940) born.
1898 - Charlotte Moore Sitterly, American astronomer (d. 1990) born.
1899 - William Dobell, Australian painter (d. 1970) born.
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In June of 1960
, Morris Lansburgh converted the large Lanai Room into an entertainment center for kids.
On July 6, 1960, it was announced that five men who clung to their minority interests in the resort after a "lion's share" was sold to a group of Florida hotelman for $11 million,
received the green light from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
The five men were: former midwestern bookies
Edward J. Barrick and Sam Ziegman,
who had been stockholders from two to ten years;
John Gaughan;
Morris Baker; and
Chester Simms. Their total 12.25% interest was valued at $306,250.
The final approved was scheduled for July 19th but the Board indicated there was no problem with this arrangement.

On July 22, 1960, Gary Crosby couldn't perform his show due to a chronic throat ailment.
Bobby Darin, who was playing at the Sahara, ran over to cover for him so the audiences wouldn't be disappointed.
In July of 1960, it was announced that a $10,500,000 transfer of 87% interest in the resort was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission to three Miami Beach investors.
The Commission gave a green light to Samuel Cohen,
Morris Lansburgh (owner of Florida's Eden Roc)
, and Daniel Lifter to take over a major portion of the Flamingo from the Al Parvin group
. It was reported that Lansburgh was an old friend of Myer Lansky and Parvin then paid Lansky a $200,000 finder's fee for having turned up Lansburgh and used the remaining Flamingo assets to set up the Albert Parvin Foundation to provide fellowships for students from underdeveloped countries.
(On the foundation's board sat Robert G. Goheen,
President of Princeton University, Robert Maynard Hutchins, head of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.)

It was reported: "Five men who clung to their minority interests in the plush Flamingo Hotel this spring after the lion's share was sold to a group of Florida hotelmen for a reported $11,000 got the green light from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to continue as licensees.
The five, including prominent former midwestern bookies Edward J. Barrick and Sam Ziegman, had been Flamingo stock holders from two to 10 years, sticking with several different management groups. The other three are John Gaughan, Morris Baker, and Chester Simms. Their total 12.25% interest is valued at $306,250."
Radio Monitor taped a 25 minute segment of their New Years Eve show from the Driftwood Lounge.
In 1960, Flamingo showcased Pearl Bailey/
Louis Bellson/
7 Moroccans/
Mr. Wynn
/Alice Grant/
Ambassadors/
Tapateers;
Milton Berle;
Ray Bolger w/
Dorothy Louden;
Ray Bolger/
Marie McDonald;
Nat Brandwynne Orchestra;
Francis Brunn;
Jack Carter;
Jack Cathcart & His Orchestra;
Gary Crosby;
Stan Fisher;
Flamingoettes;
Betty George;
Morris Lansburgh presents
Vic Damone;
Mitzi Green;
Sam Liner at the Piano;
Morris Lansburgh Presents
Peggy Lee;
Joe E. Lewis/
Gary Crosby
; Gisele MacKenzie/
Jack Carter/
Phil Foster; '
Jackie Miles;
Georgie Tapps
& His Dancers; and
Andy Williams.
Before one of Ray Bolger
/Marie McDonald's shows,
McDonald got sick. Instead of shortening the show, Bolger went on for the full hour and a half so no one would feel cheated.
The Driftwood Lounge showcased Jackie Allison/
Rocky Guerra; T
The Aristocats;
Belasco IV;
Belasco IV Plus One;
Tony Bellus;
Jack Costanzo; D
o-Ray-Mi Trio;
The Four Most;
Harry James;
Philly Duke
; Mafalda Trio;
Janie McFadden
; Damita Jo;
Piano Pasha;
Jack Ross/
The Dick Lane Quartet;
Della Reese;
Maurice Simon & his Orchestra
/Clora Bryant;
Town Pipers;
Ray Vasquez IV;
Sarah Vaughn;
Dinah Washington;
and Yacubian Four.





The Stage Bar Lounge showcased Aristocats; Tony Bellus 4; Dorothy Donegan; Jimmy Dorsey Band directed by Lee Castle; Fred Estrada Trio; The Four Most; Kirby Stone 4; Los Churumbeles; The Noctunes; Piano Pasha; Jack Ross/Dick Lane Quartet; The Town Pipers; and Sarah Vaughan.
In February of 1961, Jane Froman had to cancel her shows due to the flu. Sarah Vaughan volunteered to help out by playing in a few shows, then Andy Williams rushed over from the Desert Inn between his own shows to help out, then Dorothy Shay volunteered for a few more, with Peggy Dietrick following suit. Dietrick did such a wonderful job that the Driftwood Lounge signed a contract for her to perform there regularly.
Also in February of 1961, David Allen, also of the Driftwood Lounge, walked away with top honors in the Playboy Jazz Singer Poll.
When Lionel Hampton opened in the Driftwood Lounge in April of 1961, he was such a success that patrons and fans wouldn't let him off stage for a solid two hours.
Also in April of 1961, it was noted that Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows broke all records at the resort.
On April 7, 1961, a fashion show was to be held as the official opening of the Flamingo's new Convention Hall with all proceeds to be turned over to the March of Dimes. Steve Allen was Master of Ceremonies while his wife Jayne Meadows did the commentary. Unfortunately, the show had to be moved to the Flamingo Room because of a derailment of train cars.
In May of 1961, it was reported that Vic Damone recorded an album live at the Flamingo.
Also in May of 1961, Maharaja of Mysore (an Indian Province) arrived at the Flamingo and quickly reserved the Flamingo boat for the purpose of some relaxing fishing. However, the Maharaja was so fascinated with Hoover Dam, his short visit was spent solely on that site.
Also in May, the Musician's Unions Jazz Festival took place at the resort with some of the greatest jazz men of all time in a "Five Stages of Jazz" concert. A crowd of over 600 jazz lovers heard Desert Inn's Phil Harris MC the program, and was privileged to listen to such greats of the world of jazz as Lionel Hampton, Charlie Teagarden, Vido Musso, Henri Rose and Bobbie Stevenson, with some of the most accomplished side men in the business swinging in the sunshine.
In June of 1961, Milton Berle played Dad at the resort to a group of children whose servicemen fathers were overseas.
During Mitzi Gaynor's July opening at the resort, Donald O'Connor, Betty Grable, Sid Miller, Julies styne, and Connie Stevens could be spotted in the audience.
In August of 1961, a burley six footer stepped onto the stage of the Driftwood Lounge and immediately the audience began buzzing. The baling young man looked as though he would be much lmore at home on a football field, but when he sat down at the piano and began ripping through Jazz, Classical, Semi Classical works with great grace and poise the patrons ceased their wondering and began clapping. This was Bob Sims' introduction to Vegas.
Also in August of 1961, Lionel Hampton postponed his plans to record an album at the resort. Lionel's wife Gladys was overheard telling friends this was because there was talk of tours for the State Department and the Matson Ship Lines. The government wanted Lionel and his crew to entertain in Korea and Japan during the Christmas holidays. the Matson people had about the same idea except that it would be more of a holiday for passengers and performers alike. This would take Hampton to Honolulu and back with all expenses paid, with the show doing only one performance going and coming. Hampton was in the process of deciding which offer he wanted to accept.
On August 28, 1961, a farewell testimonial party was thrown for Father Richard Crowley at the Convention Center with entertainment from 10:00pm until dawn. Lou Walters and Harry A. White arranged the party, Stan Irwin and Henry Dunn were the emcees, Bill De Angelis was Stage Manager, and the musicians were provided by Musicians Protective Association, Local 369. Those who appeared at the show were Bogadadis Duo, Shecky Greene, The Dagenham Girl Pipers, The Florence and Fredrick Dancers and Mme. Baron's Can-Can Dancers from Tropicana; Arren and Broderick and Don Urban from the New Frontier; The Barry Sisters and Myron Cohen from Flamingo; The Happy Jesters and The Gimma Brothers from the Stardust; Hank Henry and The Madcaps from Silver Slipper; Ray Anthony and the Book Ends and Davis and Reese from Sahara; The Lancers and Alice Lon from Thunderbird; Arturo Romero and his violins and Eleanor Powell from Dunes; Kay Stevens and Mitzi Green from Riviera; Peter Lind Hayes from Sands; and Louis Prima and Keely Smith from Desert Inn.
Lansburgh was responsible for the very successful Miami "Cavalcade of Stars", a program presenting top name entertainment to guests of his five Miami hotels without charge. The program was reported to have cost over $1,000,000, but increased the occupancy rate of the participating hotels.
It was advertised that not only was Jack Carter a comedian, he was also a gourmet cook, and he spoke anywhere from seven to ten different languages.
It was noted that Lionel Hampton and his orchestra were driving patrons wild. There just wasn't enough room to accommodate the fans. "Hamp" had them dancing in the aisles with his Flamingo Twist, a new dance rage that he introduced.
In October of 1961, Della Reese ably pinch-hitted for the ailing Pearl Bailey. Patrons were hoping that Reese would asked to return to the main room as a headliner.
During this month it was noted that Harry James was signed with MCA for 20 years and had re-signed for another five. He was also being sought for guest shots on TV shoes, Wagon Train and Thriller as a result of his top performance on the Danny Thomas Show. James, along with Willie Smith (alto sax) and Sam Firmature (tenor sax) had been nominated for the 1962 Playboy Jazz Poll; and when Carol Channing droped in to catch the Joe E. Lewis/Vic Damone show, the gentlemen kept her waiting. Vic lost his shoes and it took 15 minutes beyond curtain time for the personnel to locate them for the singer.
In November of 1961, it was announced that Morris Lansburg was planning a New Year's Eve party to take care of the crowds who were "unable to gain entrance to hotel shows because of the many thousands of extra guests bent on a thrilling holiday in this glittering setting."
In December of 1961, The Twist debuted at the Flamingo and showed up in droves to try out the new dance. The band who decided to introduce was Tommy Roba & The Pepperpots.
On December 22, 1961, Candlelight Room hosted the opening night party for Mitzi Gaynor. Most of the approximately 60 people in attendance were celebrities appearing on the Strip plus Rossano Brazzi, Yves Montand, and Producer Ross Hunter.
In December of 1961, employees listed included Buddy Banner/Sam Belkin/Artie Newman - Casino; Dick Odessky - Publicity/Advertising; Lyle Thayer - Entertainment Director (replacing Dave Victorson in September 1961); Tony DeCarlo - General Manager; Morris Lansburgh - Owner; Alice Freeman - Secretary to Abe Schiller.
In 1961, Flamingo Room showcased Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows; Pearl Bailey Show w/Louis Bellson Orchestra/Marie Bryant (choreographed, produced & directed by Pearl Bailey); Barry Sisters; Richard Behrike; Polly Bergen; Milton Berle/Betty George; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Lottie Brunn; Jack Carter Show; Myron Cohen/Bobby Darin; Vic Damone; The Dunhills; Flamingoettes featuring Don Kirk(choreography by Barry Ashton); Mitzi Gaynor Show; Betty Grable; Frank Gorshin; La Scala Quartet; Joe E. Lewis/Vic Damone w/Austin Mack at the Piano; Juliet Prowse; Della Reese; Dick Shawn; and Leonard Sues.
The Driftwood Lounge showcased David Allen; Norman Brooks; Ken Coleman; Don Cornell; Crew Cuts; Peggy Dietrick; Encores; Jane Froman; Terry Gibbs; Earl Grant; Lionel Hampton; Ann Henry; Harry James; Eddie MacDonald; Chris Pan; Peter & Hank Duo; Della Reese; Betty Reilly; Tommy Roba & The Pepperpots; Bob Sims Trio; Sunny Spencer; Gloria Tracy Quartet; Sarah Vaughn; We-Four; and Windsor Trio.

Flamingo had such a success with her Fun-A-Rama, Morris Lansburgh flew to Miami Beach to institute the same thing at the Fountainbleau for 1,600 travel agents from January 24-28, 1962.
January 18, 1962, was a big day at the Flamingo. Sarah Vaughn and Lionel Hampton opened in the Driftwood Lounge and Bobby Darin and Myron Cohen in the Flamingo Room. Following the second show, a party was held in honor of these stars and also as a farewell to Harry James and Mitzi Gaynor.
In February, 1962, Flamingo advertised 600 new guest rooms featuring suites in "French Provincial, Gay 90's, Japanese Modern, and Old Western motifs." She also announced the new Japanese House Boy Service. With a touch of a button, a patron's House Boy is at their service.
Also during this month, Lionel Hampton was chosen the winner of the 1962 Playboy All-Star Jazz Poll.
From February 7 - 11, 1962, Flamingo hosted their Chinese New Year Year of the Monkey festival. Locals and visitors witnessed Chinese dignitaries from all over the nation in a giant parade. Flamingo hosted the Chinese traditional Lion's Dance, the Dragon's Ball, an All Oriental Show and a fireworks display that only the Chinese knew how to assemble. Included in the festivities was a 22 course Chinese banquet. Myron Cohen and Peggy presented a special show to help commemorate the occasion and Lionel Hampton and his crew were decked out in authentic Chinese costumes with special musical arrangements. All proceeds were donated to the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco.
In March of 1962, Arlene Dahl chartered a private plane to fly top hair stylist George Masters to help her get ready for her opening at the resort.
During this year it was reported that Morris Lansburgh had been a controversial figure ever since he took over for Al Parvin. Even though not explained, the report stated that Lansburgh's activities were such as to almost cause his removal by his majority holding partner, Sam Cohen, who was listed as a Miami Beach hotel operator and gambling bigwig. One person who Lansburgh couldn't seem to bother was Casino Manager Chester Simms. Sims ruled the casino with an iron hand and Lansburgh was warned to stay away from him. During this year Jerry Gordon was listed as Vice President, and Tony De Carlo as General Manager.
In April of 1962, Flamingo was host of a nightly radio show on KRAM titled Night People. It was heard from 12:30-2:30am, six nights a week.

In March of 1962, Fabulous Las Vegas magazine put Flamingo showgirl Lori Field on the cover. The 22 year old was a former fashion model and her hobbies included ice skating, water skiing, and painting.
In June of 1962, more than $30,000 worth of stereo equipment was installed in the Driftwood Lounge for the 21 piece Clebanoff Strings. This would be the first time they appeared in the lounge.
In August of 1962, it was announced that the Flamingo was the first resort to purchase an $8,000 concert grand piano for the express purpose of "enhancing the talents of the great parade of vocalists."
On October 15, 1962, Morris Lansburgh presided over the ground breaking ceremonies for the 200 additional rooms being added to the resort.
When Ethel Merman opened at the Flamingo two people at a table caused extra looking - Judy Garland, and Mitzi Gaynor.
During this time period employees included Max Shore/Buddy Banner/Artie Newman/Sam Belkin/Dempsey Foster - Casino; Carl Goodwin - Bartender; Tommy Nino - Captain of Driftwood.
In 1962, Flamingo Room showcased Ashton Girls; Pearl Bailey; Blackstone, Jr.; Russ Black Orchestra; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Myron Cohen; Arlene Dahl; Bobby Darin; Alan Drake; Flamingoettes staged by Barry Ashton w/Don Kirk; Mitzi Gaynor; Gogi Grant; Don Kirk; Peggy Lee/Dick Gregory; Joe E. Lewis/Austin Mack; Ethel Merman; Walter Nicks Dancers produced by Pearl Bailey; Juliet Prowse/The Smothers Brothers; Dick Shawn; The Step Brothers; and Diane Varga.
It was reported that Lansburgh signed Mitzi Gaynor at $40,000 a week.

The Driftwood Lounge showcased Basin Street 6 Plus 1; Brook Benton; Norman Brooks; Bob Carroll; Clebanoff Strings; Nita Cruz; Bud Dashiell & Kinmen; Peggy Dietrick; Tommy Dorsey Show w/Sam Donahue/Frank Sinatra, Jr.; Billy Eckstine; Sam Fletcher; Helen Forest; Earl Grant; Harry James; Lionel Hampton; The Kinsmen; Lancers; The Mariachis; Jerry Murad's Harmonicats; Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers; Della Reese; Betty Reilly; Jimmy Rushing; Bob Sims; Town Pipers; Sarah Vaughan; and We-Four.

Buddy Rich joined Harry James for the last couple of shows.
When Robert Goulet appeared at the resort in January, 1963 he was greeted in his dressing room by eight large mail bags of fan mail.
Lionel "King of the Vibes" Hampton was the subject of a rumor that he and his band racked up the biggest 1962 New Year's Eve gross, playing to wall to wall crowds, and the Flamingo presented him with a deserved hefty bonus. It was also noted that Hampton played a piano valued at $10,000.
In January of 1963 it was noted that Morris Lansburge not only headed the Flaming, as well sa the Associated Hotels of Miami Beach including the Deauville, Sans Souci, Versailles, Casablanca, Saxony, Sherry Frontenac, and the Crown Hotels. He averaged 30,000 miles of travel monthly, shuttling back and forth across the country.
In March of 1965, it was noted that Glen Covington scored his usual top-notch reaction in the lounge. Initially signed to a one week pact, Covington was quicked offered a six week extension which he took just as quickly.
In June 1963, Flamingo boasted that over 38,000 conventioneers from all points of the globe had made reservations to attend 47 separate conventions during the balance of 1963.
In the summer of 1963, Flamingo had a starring role in the Elvis Presley/Ann-Margaret movie Viva Las Vegas. Although many of the indoor sequences were shot on MGM sound stages, the exterior shots were filmed in and around the Flamingo with the Flamingo starring in all the pool scenes. The climactic race scene was filmed from Fremont Street to Hoover Dam and Mount Charleston.
In July of 1963 Leslie Uggams signed a three year contract with the resort. She was contracted to return June of 1964, just prior to her "voting age" birthday.

On November 9, 1963, Bobby Darin recorded his "The Curtain Falls - Live at the Flamingo". He sang not only his signature song Moritat (Mack The Knife), but some of the songs he wrote such as Hello Young Lover, Yellow Roses, and I'm On My Way Great God. He also sings a few songs he arranged for this record including Michael (Row the Boat Ashore), and Mary Don't You Weep.
In 1963, Flamingo Room showcased Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter/Leslie Uggams; Ray Charles/The Raelets; Myron Cohen; Bobby Darin; Allan Drake; Ella Fitzgerald/Roy Eldredge/The Tommy Flanagan Quartet/Joe E. Lewis/Austin Mack; Mitzi Gaynor; Gordon & Sheila MacRae; Mitzi Gaynor; George Tapps Dancers; Robert Goulet/Myron Cohen; Inga & Rolf; Julie Prowse; Bobby Ramsen; Supremes; George Tapps Dancers; The Volantes; Bobby Winters.

Driftwood Lounge showcased Nelson Alexander; The Casuals; Ray Charles; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Nita Cruz; De Fuentes Brothers; Glen Covington; Delta Rhythm Boys; Fats Domino; Billy Eckstine; Gerry Gerardo; Lionel Hampton; Harry James; Michael Kent Trio; Dave Harkenrider; Harry James; Micki Lynn; Mariachis Los Comperos; Freddy Martin/Della Rythm Boyds; Ruth Olay; Della Reese; Bob Sims; Bobby Sherwood Quintet/Phyllis Dorne; Lucky Starr; Gloria Tracy; Bob Sims. Also showcased were Buddy Sarkissian w/Lisa & Ahmad; Fred Elias; Manny Petro; and Cleopatras' Belly Dancers.

It was noted that Fats Domino played SRO audiences nightly and was proving to be one of the biggest lounge attractions on the Strip.
On May 30, 1964, Mel Larson brought the Indianapolis 500 into the resort via the closed circuit route and it was doing a sell-out business.
In December of 1964, some employees listed at the resort included Gene Delmont; Buddy Banner/Artie Newman - Casino; Dempsey Foster; Danny Stein - Casino Pit.
In 1964, Flamingo Room showcased Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter w/Molly Bee; Norm Crosby; Phyllis Diller; Ella Fitzgerald/Roy Eldridge; Robert Goulet w/Jerry Bresler conducting; The Holidays; Kobelt Sisters; Carol Lawrence; Joe E. Lewis; Jackie Mason; and Leslie Uggams.
The Driftwood Lounge showcased Fats Domino; Mitch DeWood; The Tommy Dorsey Show/Helen Forrest/Frank Sinatra, Jr./Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers. Sam Donahue was the conductor; Harry James/Buddy Rich & Ruth Price; Cleopatra's Belly Dancers; Nita Cruz; Bob Sims; and Enzo Stuarti.

In the winter of 1964, The New England Historical Society dedicated a Near Eastern exhibit in the Boston Museum. For the ceremony, they figured it would be appropriate to have some authentic Near Eastern folk music and dancing. Everything went well as they sipped tea to the complicated phrasing of the folk music, but when the dancing started, there were dropped teacups and popped monocles all over the place. The authentic Near Eastern folk dancer was Shamari, the bombshell belly dancer who was performing with the Nymphs of the Nile.
In January of 1965, the Convention Hall co-sponsored the Jazz Salute with Music Performance Trust Fund of the record industry to Vegas Musicians Local 369. Della Reese was Mistress of Ceremonies with co-emcees, Len Howard and Ed Millar, popular DJs. Donations were presented to the American Cancer Society to whom the program was dedicated.
Also during this month, the resort went into mourning when Casino Cashier Paul Lawler was fatally injured in an automobile accident.
In February of 1965, it was announced that Lansburgh ordered three fantastic crystal chandeliers for the casino. Created in the Bavarian Alps, each chandelier contained apprxoimately 100,000 crystals and weighed 2,000 pounds each.
On June 7, 1965, Torris Brand, the relief orchestra leader who appeared throughout the Strip, and I have last listed playing the Flamingo, died of a heart attack.

During this year, Bill Cosby taped his "Why Is There Air?" album live at the resort.
In mid-1965, Buddy Sarkissian of the Belly Dancers, decided to throw a shishkebab party in honor of Mitzi Gaynor and her husband Jack Bean at the Four Fountains Restaurant. At the party, Sarkissian's wife Marie was hostess with entertainment by their little daughter Teena. Joe Kludjian of the Four Foutains supervised, and some of the 28 who attended were Line Rinaud, Frederick Apcar, George Gogian, Leo Chapian, the Nathan Jacobsens of Caesars Palace, Lisa and Ahmad.

In June of 1965, Shamari (Cleopatra) was honored at sort of a birthday part-on-the-run between shows. Despite the limited time, they managed hors d'oeuvres, a huge cake, champagne, present openings, and a full chorus of Happy Birthday. It was noted that Shamari was one of the very few authentic belly dancers appearing in the show.
Also in June of 1965, the audience got more than a regular show when Kari, one of Clopatra's Nymphs popped her bra strap. After the show she joked that her contract called for it to happen.
In 1965, Flamingo Room showcased The Agostinos; Milton Berle; Blackstone, Jr.; Russ Black Orchestra; Sid Caesar/Leslie Uggams; Bill Cosby/Trini Lopez; Gene Di Novy; Mitzi Gaynor & her Four Fellows; Jack Jones/Jack E. Leonard; Shirley Jones/Norm Crosby/Bob Anson's Essjays/Bob LaCrose; The Lomans; Trini Lopez; Barbara McNair; Poncie Ponce/Paula Wayne; Juliet Prowse/The Boys/Myron Cohen; Raye & Roman; Jennie Smith; and The Smothers Brothers.
The Driftwood Lounge showcased Cleopatra's Belly Dancers starring Shamari; Cleopatra's Belly A Go Go; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Nita Cruz; Fats Domino; Tommy Dorsey Show/Frank Sinatra, Jr./Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers/Sam Donahue; The Fiascos; Pat Ford; Mitzi Gaynor; Harry James/Buddy Rich/Jean Turner; Gordon & Sheila MacRae; Della Reese; Bob Sims.

It was a wonder that any patrons could attend Cosby/Lopez' opening night at the resort since it was filled with so many celebrities there was hardly any room left for "regular" people.
In January of 1966, Milton Berle guested the wives of Vietnam War soldiers on his opening night.
In April of 1966, Shirley Jones brought her young sons Patrick and Sean Cassidy to visit over the weekend and everyone in the audience loved the two boys playing in view while Mom was singing.
Also during this month, Flamingo drained her pool to be repainted. It was reported that it took 173 gallons of special plastic paint to do the job.

During this year actress Sandra Dee treated her son, Dodd Mitchell Cassotto Darin, to his first nightclub show by seeing his Dad, Bobby Darin. Dad brought son up on stage to join him.
Everyone was amazed at Ponce Ponce's show. People were used to seeing him on the TV show Hawaiian Eye. He exhibited a strong voice, perfect deft impression of name singers, played half-a-dozen different instruments, and sang everything but Hawaiian songs.
After Paula Wayne ended one of her songs a ringside lady spoke up quite audibly with "Well, thank goodness! We finally got someone that can sing as well as Streisand and you can look at her."!
The music of Harry James was sent live to NBC and ABC radio stations, direct from the Driftwood Room on New Year's Eve.
Sometime in the mid-1960s, the Flamingo underwent a battle over the licensing of foreign investors. The battle was fueled in November of 1966, when Ukio Kubota, president of the Fujiya Nevada Corporation, which represented Japanese industrialist Kenjo Osano, applied for the purchase of the hotel through the issuance of $3 million worth of common stock. The rule at the time was that American citizenship was a prerequisite to licensing. It was rumored that Lansburgh and his friends wanted to get rid of the resort about the time the government began its investigations of Lansburgh's New York-London charter gambling flights and of his part in Las Vegas skimming operations with Lansky and others.

Also in 1966, the Flamingo Room showcased Charles Aznavour; Amin Brothers; Milton Berle; Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter/Barbara McNair; Myron Cohen; Curtis & Tracy; Franklin D'Amore, Jr.; Bobby Darin; Phyllis Diller/Enzio Stuarti; The Dunhills; Ellis & Gayle; Jack Jones/George Carlin; Trini Lopez; The Shiela MacRae Row; Jaye P. Morgan; Bobby Ramsen; Joan Rivers; Royal Quartet; Rudenko Brother; Leonard Sues; and The Supremes. The Driftwood Room showcased Clebanoff & His Magic Strings; Cleopatra's Belly Dancers; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Glen Covington; Nita Cruz; Xavier Cugat; Harry James; Della Reese; and Bob Sims Trio. It was reported that Clebanoff's Italian violin was insured for five figures.

When Jack Carter and Barbara McNair opened, they were greeted with a celebrity studded audience including Johnny Carson, Horace Heidt, Willie Davis of the Green Bay Packers, and Shep Fields.
Also in 1966, Flamingo's trouble shooter George Zenzel was credited for the way he handled his customers' problems. People were stating that some institution should decree him an honorary Professor of Psychology.
In December 1966, individuals at the resort included Candlelight Room's Pietro Thomasset Maitre d', and Captains Jimmy Welch, Al Courtney, Mike Venturelli, Gene Wosatka, and Joe Rhaueme; and Dempsey Foster.
In January of 1967, Sheraton Corporation stated they were going to lease the property from the Japanese firm.

In January of 1967, it was noted that French singer-composer Charles Aznavour, making his U.S. debut at the Flamingo, said he would honeymoon with his intended bride, Swedish model Ulla Thorssell, 25, for a week before their marriage at the resort. This was his third marraige and for first for Ms. Thorssell.
On February 26, 1967, Jerry Gordon of the Flamingo threw a birthday party for Fats Domino in the Driftwood Room.
On March 30, 1967, it was announced that the sale was cancelled, citing that Tokyo interests had failed in their bid to become licensees, due to a Nevada law that required that each and every member of a corporation submit for licensing.
The next day, everyone was surprised when Kirk Kerkorian applied to purchase the facility for $13 million. On August 18, 1967, all rumors were killed when Kerkorian was approved as a licensee and through his Tracy Investment Corporation, owned 100% of the stock, becoming the owner of the resort.

Kirk Kerkorian
Kerkorian then budgeted $2.5 million for renovation. He demolished the legendary champagne tower, added a 300 seat theatre with a $50,000 sound system, expanded the casino, and housed it behind a new two-story porte cochere. A glass-enclosed restaurant on the upper floor overlooked the Strip. Martin Stern, Jr., was the architect. The Flamingo started to edge the sidewalk.

During 1967, Henry Gon and Bob Gafael were Captains of the Flamingo Lounge, and Mary Jane Jackson was Entertainment Coordinator.
Kerkorian also changed the entertainment to make the Flamingo a mecca for some of the best pop groups of the 1960s, including Kenny Rogers & The First Addition, and the Spiral Staircase.
In 1967, under direction of President Horst Dziura, the Flamingo built a 28 story tower adding the room total to 1,250.
In October 1967, Flamingo had to cancel its Annual Christmas Press party due to reconstruction. The Party moved to the Thunderbird.
On November 17, 1967, Desert Inn Golf Course was the host for the Thanks for Giving Tournament. This Tournament was arranged by Flamingo Showroom Captain De Angelo and it was strictly a black-tie affair (only one ever held), accepting only maitre d's and Captains. Approximately 60 players teed off and all donations of turkeys, food-stuffs and other prizes given by merchants were turned over to welfare agencies.
Also in 1967, the Flamingo Room showcased Pearl Bailey; Shelley Berman/Florence Henderson; Russ Black Orchestra; Bunny Briggs; James Brown/Flip Wilson/Famous Flames; Myron Cohen; Phyllis Diller/Warde Donovan (Diller's husband); Myron Cohen; Bill Cosby; Bobby Darin; DuVal & Trina; Gig & Ginger; Robert Horton; Frank Jeffries; Jack Jones; The Kids Next Door; Kin & Grant; Jackie Kahane; Peggy Lee; The Lomans; Wayne Newton; Raye & Roman; D'Aldo Romano; Sonny Sands; The Supremes; Caterina Valente; and Jackie Vernon.

Driftwood Room showcased Anthony & The Imperials; Jose Antonio Dancers; Fiesta Bravo; Clebanoff & his Magic Strings; Cleopatra's 1001 Knights; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; The Dawnbreakers; Fats Domino; Mexican Fiesta; Fiesta Bravo; Jades & J'Adorables; Harry James; The Jets; Mariachi Brass; Mini-A-Go-Go-Revue featuring Ernie Cast IV; The Peddlers; Peter & Hank; Ruben Rodriguez & his Guadalajara Kings; Bob Sims; Lenny Sims Four featuring Dee Springer; The String Brothers featuring Hector Casas; Dionne Warwick; Bob Sims Trio; and Joyce Vonn & The Chasers.
Flamingo advertised ringing in 1968 with the Wayne & Jerry Newton dinner show supported by Jackie Kahan scheduled for 10:30pm with dinner served at 9:00pm. The New Year's package, priced at $30 per person, included dinner, show, an attractive gift for each lady guest and a champagne breakfast in the McCarran Room. In addition to the showroom festivities, a special New Year's breakfast menu was offered in the Flamingo's main coffee shop until 7:00am.
The Driftwood Lounge had continuous entertainment from 2:00pm until dawn headlining the Mariachi Brass, the Jets, and Jade & J'Adorables.

In January, 1968, Flamingo hosted the March of Dimes Fashion Show. Resort President Alex Shoofey was in the audience watching his wife Joan and daughter Teri Lynn model.

Also in the audience was ex-Sahara exec Stan Irwin who was producing the Johnny Carson Show, watching his wife Ruth and daughter Jody model. At the end of the show, General Boyd Hubbard presented Joan Shoofey with a plaque commending her for her efforts on behalf of this charity and the community. Joan was caught completely unaware and left in a very emotional state, unable to present a speech.
On February 27, 1968, Flamingo hosted a huge Mardi Gras Ball with Jay Sarno's wife, Joyce, publicizing the event, and on March 4, 1968, Flamingo hosted 3,000 fight fans to a closed circuit telecast of the big title doubleheader out of New York.

Resort President Alex Shoofey released Wayne Newton from doing his show on May 5th at the request of Cardinal Cushing for a Boston Garden show to raise funds for the burned down Blinstrub's Club.
In May of 1968, the Flamingo Show Lounge opened to replace the Driftwood Lounge. The new stage was reputed to be the largest of any of the other theatre lounges.
In 1968, Flamingo added Keno, Pan and Baccarat to its casino. It also added more table games and slot machines to accommodate her growing clientele.

In June of 1968 Wayne Newton married former airline stewardess Elain Okamura at the resort. Newton's brother Jerry served as best man and Okamura's sister, Shirley Kajioka served at maid of honor.
When Flamingo had its grand VIP opening in July of 1968, Dale Robertson, Cary Grant, and David Janssen jumped on stage and promptly stole the show.
In October of 1968, the resort boasted that her swimming pool was protected from the winds because buildings were around it on all sides. After a $2-1/2 million expansion, she was offering a huge new show lounge, sparkling new sky room, vastly expanded casino, new games and airline ticket offices and a large and comfortable new lobby. Michael Lindeck was the General Manager, Alex Shoofey was the President and Kirk Kerkorian was the principal owner.

The Executive Chef during this time was Helmut Riedner, who, at the age of 32, had been Executive Chef for several months, and one of the youngest men to hold such a position in Vegas. Born outside Hamburg, Germany in 1935, he served his apprenticeship in Duesseldorf, Germany between 1950 and 1953, followed by jobs at major hotels and restaurants throughout Europe. In 1956, with his Czechoslovakian wife and daughter, Riedner went to the U.S. and worked for two years at New York's Rockefeller Center. He went to Vegas in 1958, working at various hotels and at the same time working his way up the ladder to the top position he now holds. He then had two additional daughters and both he and wife became naturalized U.S. citizens in 1967. They also owned their home. He supervised 45 cooks and bakers, and 15 miscellaneous kitchen workers who prepared an average of 3,000 guest meals every day plus another 500 or so meals for hotel employees. He was directly in charge of all food preparation in the hotel. With the Flamingo boasting Nevada's largest single hotel convention facility, he was also charged with preparing hundreds of special banquet meals every week. Riedner's chores, averaged 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Riedner's favorite recipe was Beef Tenderloin Tips Saute a La Tolstoi (serves 6 people).
3 lbs lean denerved tenderloin of beef 5 large ripe tomatoes
4 oz tomato puree 6 oz finely chopped onions
1 pt. beef broth salt
1 tbp Hungarian paprika 2 oz butter
1-1/2 lbs. cucumbers
Cut tenderloin of beef into thumb size strips, saute for several minutes in very hot skillet with butter until slightly browned. Add salt and paprika, add pealed tomatoes which have been cut in chunks the size of the beef, tomato puree, chopped onions, pealed chuck size cucumber and broth. Cover and simmer in medium oven (350 deg) for 45 minutes. Serve with rice or boiled potatoes. (Riedner's picture, bio, and recipe donated by Dan Kubota).
In December of 1968, employees listed included John Thomas, Maitre 'd/Michael Keravin/Manuel Martinez/Frank Plutro/Joe Rheaume/Mike Venturelli/Gene Wosatka - Candlelight Room.
In 1968, Flamingo Room showcased Paul Anka; Kaye Ballard; The Barry Sisters; Shelley Berman; Pat Boone; John Byner; Tee Carson Trio; Myron Cohen; Ella Fitzgerald; Sergio Franchi/Hines; Hines & Dad; Frank Gorshin; The Hardy Family; Don Ho; Tom Jones featuring The Squiers/Johnny Harris Musical Director; Lainie Kazan; Jackie Kahane; Abbe Lane; Lawrence & Carroll; Los Cabrera; Al Martino/Myron Cohen; Wayne Newton; the Juliet Prowse Show starring Juliet Prowse w/Barbara Heller & Vest & Clark; Mickey Rooney; Russ Black Orchestra; Saddri Dancers; Temptations/Myron Cohen; Leslie Uggams; and Caterina Valente.

Considering Tom Jones reputation of heating up a room, Flamingo gave the press licorice candy "fever pills" to combat Tom Jones "fever" opening night. It was reported that since Jones' opening, the resort experienced records sales just after one week. Mrs. Gordon Mills, wife of Jones' manager was amazed as to how much Vegas changed since she was one of the Bluebell Girls which performed at the Stardust in 1959. Jones' first appearance in Vegas was during this year at the resort of where he stayed until 1971.
After one of his shows, Shelley Berman performed again, but this time as a dealer at one of the blackjack tables. When he dealt, none of the players would pass up a hit if Berman had a pat hand.
Flamingo Show Lounge showcased Action Fraction; The Aristocracy; Russ Black Orchestra; Nita Cruz; The Characters; Fats Domino; Duke Ellington; Ella Fitzgerald; Good Time Singers; Lionel Hampton; Jades & J'Adorables; Martin St. James; Dick Jensen; The Jets; Jackie Kahane; Kim Brothers; Tony Martin Show; Mills Brothers; Nelson & Palmer; Wayne Newton/Jerry Newton; Peter & Hank; Juliet Prowse Show; Dick Shawn; Bob Sims; Glen Smith/The Fables; Larry Steele's Smart Affairs of '68 starring the Nicholas Brothers/Ray Victor/Renee Pianzza; Temptations. The Maitre d' was Emilio Muscelli.
It was noted that in one day, Fats Domino put in a couple of hours at Mayor Gragson's office, then he headed for a six hour session of recording new Beatles' compositions. Then without any sleep, Fats was back on the Flamingo Lounge stage sparking fans with his usual fire.
The Casino Theatre showcased the Action Faction; Tommy Deering; The Fables; Peter & Hank; Dick Jensen & The Imports; The Jets; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers; Bob Sims Trio; Glenn Smith; Richard St. Charles; and Rusty Warren.
The Sky Room showcased Vic Caesar; The Deltas; and Spiral Staircase.
At the end of 1968, beginning of 1969, Flamingo's new sign was christened.
"This new sign stands a 130 feet high, making it one of the tallest single support structures in the world. And the reader panel is the largest, freestanding, that is, in the world. It has two miles of fluorescent tubing and 6,000 bulbs, and it's all controlled by the first solid-state computer of its type ever installed in an outdoor display in the world. It is really beautiful, with a rippling pattern which looks like a flamingo's feathers fluttering in the breeze. It cost nearly $500,000. Nicholas Naff, the Flamingo's publicist, has invited me to the 'lighting-up ceremony' and now he introduces me to the hotel's president, Alex Shoofey, a little man in a Sammy Davis suit, who could have doubled for Raft in bolero days. Joan Shoofey, described in the hotel's puff as his 'beauteaous wife,' is to ride a motorized boom 90 feet to christen the flaming's beak with champagne. 'My wife,' Shoofey explains, 'was runner-up in the 1957 Miss America pageant and was Miss Nevada that year.' And the way she looks in the boom seat, mini-skirted and maxi-decolletaged, she may yet win it. As she flies up, smiling into the cameras, Shoofey turns proudly to Nick 'She's going higher than Liberace, and he shook all over the place.' 'She's got real guts.' Nick agrees. Shoofey flashes a lot of white teeth. When the sign ignites, the gallery, made up mostly of employees and their families (Nick's wife and two children are there), ooh and aah their appreciation. And then, as if on signal, everyone applauds, and Joan, up on the boom, throws kisses at the cameras." - Ovid Demaris, 1969
In June of 1969, Flamingo said goodbye to Alex Shoofey who was moving to President of the International opening in July of 1969. His position was given to Jim West who was joined by Burton Cohen who quit Circus Circus as Managing Director on June 30th to join the Flamingo family.
Also during this year, Lansburgh, Lansky and several others were charged with skimming $36,000,000 from the Flamingo between 1960 and 1967.
During this year Jack "Pappy" Walsh who was working as a greeter at the Desert Inn but worked at the Flamingo in the late 1940s gave an interview:
"Mr. Hughes stayed with us at the Flamingo many times and he was always a gentleman. He never bothered nobody and nobody paid any attention to him. He was just another guest. And Mr. Siegel - well, I don't know what others thought of him, but to me he was always a wonderful man. They say he had a bad temper but I only saw him lose it twice in all that time. Once when a guest dropped a cigarette on the floor and another time when some plumbers refused to work on Sunday and Mr. Siegel said, 'You'll work or else!' - and they worked, period.
On the day Mr. Siegel was killed I was supposed to fly to Beverly Hills with him and Allen Smiley; we were going to get some silk sheets for the penthouse, but I told him I'd like to play golf and he said go ahead, or it would probably have been my luck to be sitting on the couch with him when he was shot.
The greatest friend I had in the hotel business was Gus Greenbaum who ran the Flamingo after Mr. Siegel was killed and later moved over to the Riviera. He and his wife were both murdered, their heads were cut off, and everybody said it was the Mob, but who knows for sure?"

In 1969, Flamingo Room showcased Steve Allen; Paul Anka; Gene Barry; Pat Boone; Boyce & Hart Show; Myron Cohen; The Cowsills; Phil Ford/Mimi Hines; Ella Fitzgerald; Sergio Franchi w/musical director Pat Cooper; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Bobby Goldsboro; Don Ho; Tom Jones; Aliza Kashi; Lawrence & Carroll; Lulu; Al Martino; Corbett Monica; Al Pellegrini; Pat Paulson; Juliet Prowse; Jeannie C. Riley/Harper Valley P.T.A.; Dick Shawn; Sandler & Young; Sammy Shore; Sonny & Cher; Russ Black Orchestra. The Maitre d' was Emilio Mucelli.

The Casino Theatre showcased Paul Anka/Myron Cohen; Belle Barth; The Characters; Wayne Cochran; Nita Cruz; Tommy Deering; Fats Domino; Fabulous Blue Notes; Billy Fellows; The Five Platters; Ray Frushay; Virgil Gifford's Country Affairs; Gwinn & Greg; Hassell w/Wisdom; The Hear & Now; Rhetta Hughes; Dick Jensen & Imports; The Jets; Kim Brothers; Gladys Knight & The Pips; Gwinn & Greg; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers/Nelson Sardelli/Dave Barry; Moses & The High Brows; The New Directions; Peter & Hank; The Platters; The Reycards; Ron & Lara; John Rowles; Nelson Sardelli; Skip; Glen Smith/Fables; Sonny & Pace Brothers; Rusty Warren; Slappy White; Orange Colored Sky featuring Lisa Marne. In the afternoons the show Geisha '70 was featured.

The Sky Room showcased The Cascades; The Deltas; Dick Dodd & The Big Train; Chuck Freeman & The Drivers; Renaissance; Shango; Stark Naked & The Car Thieves. The Sky Room advertised having two bands from 5:15pm to 5:15am. There was no cover charge and no minimum. The Entertainment Coordinator was Joan Shoofey.

During this year Tom Jones recorded an album at the resort entitled Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas At The Flamingo. The orchestra was conducted by Johnnie Spence.
The audience did a double-take during one of Wayne Cochran's show when they noticed Elvis Presley sitting with them enjoying the show.
The Candlelight Room restaurant offered steak and lobster, plus seafood cuisine. Complete dinners started at $7.00.
In December of 1969 employees listed included Vice President & Casino Manager Moe Miller/Assistant Casino Manager/Sam Kimmelman/Baccarat Manager Jack Leonard/Assistant Baccarat Manager/Hy Porter/Keno Manager Chet Gonce/Shift Bosses George Chapman/Don Scharer/Mace Sickle/Arthur Haritos/Carl Hastie/James Roush/John Utz - Casino.
In mid-April, 1970, Christian and Marcel Le Bon held their franchised Miss Nevada Universe Pageant in Caesars' showroom. The Flamingo had a repeat beauty queen winner this year, with the crown going to their representative Sherri Schruhl. John Rowles who co-starred with Connie Stevens at the Flamingo presented Schruhl with roses and displayed her trophy to the audience.

On May 10, 1970, Flamingo hosted the Mothers Day Celebration. George Merriweather, Sales Director of Trans World Airlines, presented Hawaiian orchids to all the ladies who attended.
On July 14, 1970, Kerkorian signed an agreement with Baron Hilton for the purchase of both the Flamingo and International. This was Hilton's first venture into Nevada gambling and the lush resort business. The price of sale began at $15 million and ran as high as $37 million cash based on eight times the audited net earnings for the year. Tracy Investment Company, the holding corporation owned by Kerkorian agreed to sell 37.5% in International Leisure Corp. which operated both the International and Flamingo. In 1969, the company had 6,585,000 shares outstanding.
Kerkorian still remained International's biggest stockholder with 2.96 million shares or 44.8%. The company was slated to have five directors - two to represent Hilton, two designated by Kerkorian, and one chosen by the two dominant holders.
Hilton agreed to handle rooms, food and bar management of both resorts. Hyatt Corp. and Gulf Western were originally interested in the buyout, but didn't want to part with all the cash required by Kerkorian. At the time, Kerkorian had large debt obligations under the terms of multimillion dollar loans he obtained in 1968 and 1969, to finance the acquisitions of controlling positions in Western Airlines and MGM Studios. Kerkorian received $5.5 million cash from the dividends of International Leisure in June of 1970, and speculation was that the money went to that debt.
In July of 1970, there was a close call with a security guard strike. The guards had already formed their picket line when management called in the union's attorney and the few in the know mopped their brows in relief.
In 1970, Flamingo Room showcased Paul Anka; Marty Allen; Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows/Friends of Distinction; Sandy Baron; Russ Black Orchestra; Boyce & Hart Show; Myron Cohen; Jerry Collins; Pat Cooper; The Cowsills; Ella Fitzgerald; Paul Ford/Mimi Hines; Sergio Franchi; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Terry Gibbs; Hines, Hines & Dad; Don Ho & His Hawaiians; Mills Brothers; Corbin Monica; musical revue Raphael; John Rowles; Russ Black Orchestra; Sandler & Young; Nelson Sardelli/Dick Shawn; Paul Smith; Sonny & Cher w/musical conductor Harold Battiste; Connie Stevens; and Kaye Stevens. The Maitre d' was Lou Gray. Gray had an appearance in the movie Pepe.
In January of 2003, I asked Nelson Sardelli but the ad seen below:
"I had thousands of T-shirts made with that photo on it. I could do anything..... but walk on water..... that had been done 2000 years ago. I was " The marvelous but humble" I had fun doing stuff like that....." - Nelson Sardelli.
I then had to tell Nelson I really thought he could walk on water, why can't he and he stated:
"I can only walk on water if it is frozen .... I actually only recall one Man who was able to do that Act...... but his peers crucified him...... Showbusiness envy, I guess." - Nelson Sardelli (one of these days I'll be able to top him in comments!!)

Brigitte Elsner who was one of Don Ho's Hawaiians, had her picture taken on the Flamingo's grounds.

Autograph hopefuls hung around after Connie Stevens' show when Astronaut Neil Armstrong was spotted in the audience.
Bob Hope stopped by Connie Stevens' opening show on April 9, 1970, and helped introduce her to the audience. Hope was on his way back from being the MC at an UNLV benefit. Stevens was one of Hope's troupe entertaining the GI's during Christmas.
The Casino Theatre showcased Jim Bailey; Dave Barry; Belle Barth; The Characters; Choice of Colors; Cirkus; Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders; Fats Domino; Tommy Deering; Jackie Gayle; Geisha; Hear & Now; The Jets; Billy Joe Royal; Kim Brothers; Judy Lynn; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers; Moses & The Highbrows; Peter & Hank; The Platters; Glenn Smith & The Fables; Salt & Pepper & Spice of Life; Nelson Sardelli; Skip; Glenn Smith & The Fables; Sonny & The Pace Brothers/Willie & The Magnificents; St. Paul Sisters; Treniers; Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band; Rusty Warren; and Diane Wisdom/Trish Turner.

The Sky Room showcased The Cascades; July Tree; Mobius Loop; Stilroc; Stark Naked & The Car Thieves; St. Clair; and Stony Brook People. While Jim Bailey was doing his impersonation of Phyllis Diller, patrons looked around the room to see the authentic Diller sitting in the audience, enjoying Bailey's show immensely.
In March of 1971, a slight discrepancy occurred regarding the word "sexy" being dropped from John Rowles' billing. The reason? It was stated that in Vegas' business of show and tell the "sexy" line denoted another skin-tight-outfitted sexpot trying to wiggle out of his seams. Rowles was labeled as having a brilliant voice, as well as having constant warmth and a delightful personality. His manager Kimo McVay suggested Passionate Polynesian and it was under consideration. The reason?
On Rowles' opening night, 41 celebrities were counted in the showroom including Adam West, Tippi Hedron, Ruth Buzzi, Christine Jorgensen, Lois Nettleton, Edie Adams, Sammy Shore, Robert Lansing, and Angel Tompkins.
In 1971, the name was formally changed to the Flamingo Hilton.

". . . Antoine Domino has always had music in his life. His father played with such legends an Kid Ory and Oscar Celestin. When Fats was 10 he was playing for pennies at local bars in New Orleans. He hurt his hand in an accident and rel-learned to play the piano. He built a reputation among local musicians and it wasn't long before a talent scout heard him and signed him to a recording contract. As they say, the rest is musical history. Fats made his name and fortune in the early stages of rock 'n roll but few know that he is recognized as a fine jazz-blues pianist. Effortlessly, Fats guides his group into 60 minutes of 1950's nostalgia and throws in today's bag just to show he knows. I can remember the first time the Flamingo brought him in. Everyone said Fats would bomb . . that a gambling crowd would not sit still to listen to R&R. Man, were they wrong. He packed them in then and still does to this day. Antoine, long may you wail!" - Bob Joyce, September, 1971
In December of 1971, employees listed included Moe Miller - Vice President/Casino Manager; Charles Resnik - Administrative Executive; Jack Leonard - Credit Office; Hy Porter - Credit Office; Vern Bernon - Baccarat; Nate Balor - Assistant Baccarat Manger; Mike Mottus - Slot Manager; Chet Gonce - Keno Manager; George Chapman/Don Scharer/George DeVerell/Mace Sickle/Arthur Haritos/Carl Hastie/James Roush/John Utz - Keno Shift Bosses.
In 1971, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Kevin James; Marty Allen/John Rowles; Russ Black Orchestra; Checkmates, Ltd; Brother Love; Myron Cohen; Pat Cooper; Ella Fitzgerald; Phil Ford/Mimi Hines; Sergio Franchi; Sergio Franchi/Corbett Monica; Sergio Franchi/Lonnie Shorr; Hines & Dad; Don Ho w/Robin Wilson; Jack Jones; Kim Brothers; Corbett Monica; Paul Lowden Orchestra; John Rowles; Sandler & Young/Pat Cooper; Dick Shawn; Lonnie Shorr; Skiles & Henderson; Connie Stevens Show; Leslie Uggams; Robin Wilson. The Maitre d' was Ralph Greco.
During Connie Stevens' opening night people in the audience saw Jan Murray, Frankie Avalon, Poncie Ponce, and John Rowles. Dick Shawn was Stevens' first week co-star.
The Casino Theatre showcased Jim Bailey/Taf Arnold; Belle Barth; Bottoms Up; Sonny Charles; Wayne Cochran & his C.C. Riders; Okie Duke; Fats Domino; Phil Flowers; Arlene Fontana; Jackie Gayle; Don Ho; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; Kim Brothers; B.B. King/Treniers/Brother Love; Judy Lynn; Charlie Manna; Mills Brothers; Tony Martin; Tony Martin/The Platters/Vin Cardinal; New Directions; Maori Quin; St. Paul Sisters; Billy Joe Royal; Nelson Sardelli; Glenn Smith/The Fables; Society of Seven; Connie Stevens; Sun Spots; The Treniers; Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band; and Rusty Warren. In the afternoons, the Breck Wall/Joe Peterson's musical Bottoms Up was showcased.
The Sky Room showcased Mobius Loop. In mid 1971, the Sky Room was transformed to the Speakeasy and showcased Kirk Stuart.



Jim Seagrave sent invitations for the opening of the Speakeasy. Arriving wrapped around a solid red brick the note read "Big Nick says he'd like youse to attend the V.I.P. opening of the Speakeasy Restaurant and Saloon in the Flamingo Hotel on Wednesday evening June 30 . . . I'd be there if I were youse . . . and tell'em Big NIck sent youse!"
Ad were out with Siegel in the peek hole in the door. Flamingo executive secretary Karen Esslinger, copied the picture in the ad.
On November 24, 1971, Connie Stevens hosted a surprise birthday party at the Flamingo for her friend John Rowles. The Treniers' Attarack-MGM album was recorded live at the Flamingo.

Also during this year, the state waited with bated breath to discover what the Flamingo executives would find in Siegel's safe. Oldtimers were right when they said the results would be zero.
In 1972, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Leslie Uggams; Marty Allen/Mama Cass; Checkmates/Bo Diddley; Myron Cohen; Pat Cooper; Sergio Franchi/Charlie Callas; Don Ho; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; Judge's Nephews; Lettermen; Paul Lowden Orchestra; Corbett Monica; Sandler & Young/Corbett Monica w/musical director Leo de Lyon/Pat Cooper; Connie Stevens/Lonnie Shore; and Bobby Vinton. The Maitre d' was Ralph Greco.
The Casino Theatre showcased Bottoms Up 73; Vin Cardinal; Lynne Carter; Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders; Myron Cohen; Leo de Lyon; Fats Domino/Johnnie Ray/Slappy White; Sergio Franchi; Don Ho; Thelma Houston; Sami Jo; Kim Brothers; Lettermen; Mills Brothers; The Platters; The Raiders w/Paul Revere/Mark Lindsay; Billy Joe Royal; Nelson Sardelli; Seoul Sisters; and Treniers. The Speakeasy showcased Kirk Stuart.

Before closing out at the Casino Theatre, the Mills Brothers were surprised by friends who presented each with a set of gold cufflinks, designed in the figure of their best selling Paper Doll etching.
In June of 1972 a story was told about Lynn Carter. Carter's impression of Phylli Diller called for a surprise visit from Diller during one of his New England dates. Diller couldn't taken her eyes off the Diller Gown Carter used. Carter apologized for being unable to give it to her because it was the only one he had for the impression. Next time Carter caughter Diller on TV, she was wearing a copy of his feathered Diller Gown.
In January, 1973, District Judge Roger Foley determined that Meyer Lansky be tried separately from other defendants in a federal indictment charing casino profits were skimmed from the Flamingo in the 1960's to avoid paying taxes. The court accepted a guilty plea to two to five counts from Morris Lansburgh, and continued the trial of 75 year old Samuel Ziegman. The trials of 66 year old Samuel Cohen, 45 year old Jerry Gordon, 37 year old Steve Delmont, and 71 year old Harry Goldberg were still scheduled for February, 1973. Lansky was the only defendant who failed to appear at the arraignment.
On February 9, 1973, Flamingo hosted Mardi Gras '73 honoring the Silver Jubilee of Rose de Lima Hospital.
Also during this month, Harry Guardino was in Marty Allen's dressing room when he announced his and Jennifer Revlon's (Revlon family) wedding plans. After catching Allen's show, Elvis sent a note to him advising him he had a 99 plus rating in the Presley book.
During this time, the Flamingo's Hunt Breakfast Buffet was $2.75.
In March of 1973, Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers enjoying a tea, when he was asked on how it would affect him if the musicians went on strike. He responded:
"How many have been put into the business by artists like us? The Mills Brothers - we're just four boys with a guitar. We wouldn't need a dozen musicians. If they went out on strike, we could go back to the beginning. Many performers feel the same way. They managed with one to three back-up men and could do the same thing today . . . Take Sammy Davis, Jr. He could go out onstage without any music and just joke with the people, tell a lot of stories. There's a lot to be said for the unions but I don't believe in crippling the city and its economy, no matter how strong union sympathy is. It took the culinary union workers a long time to get over the last strike. If petty attitudes persist, you can look forward to the day when there will be a special union for coffee pourers and a special union for water pourers, and a waitress being fined for daring to serve those liquids. There should be no partiality of leader toward musicians. The leader must consider the performer foremost. No matter where one performs, city or state, the rehearsal and first show are beautiful. After that, the musicians do what they want, playing the music as they want to, not the way the performer prefers." - Harry Mills, Mills Brothers
In 1973, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Kevin James; Red Buttons; Charlie Callas; Chapter One; Mama Cass Elliott; Sergio Franchi; Don Ho Show; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; The Judges Nephews; Sam Kapu; Jr.; Lettermen/Corbett Monica; Paul Lowden Orchestra; Mills Brothers; Angel Pablo; Sandler & Young; Dean Scott; Lonnie Shorr; Connie Stevens; Bobby Vinton. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane.
The Casino Theatre showcased The Aliis; Vicki Allen & The Image; Bottoms Up '73; Lynne Carter; Checkmates, Ltd/The Raiders featuring Paul Revere/Mark Lindsay; Wayne Cochran & his C.C. Riders; Julie DeJohn; Bo Diddley; Fancy That; Fats Domino; First Edition; Four Freshmen; Kim Brothers; Judy Lynn; Manila Machine; Mills Brothers; Nooney Rickett; Kenny Rogers; Kenny Rogers & The First Edition; Nelson Sardelli; Dean Scott; The Jerry Sun Show; Tomorrow's Sunshine; Liz Torres; The Treniers; Slappy White; S.O.U.P.; Unusual We; Rusty Warren.

The Speakeasy showcased Kirk Stuart.
It was noted that Barron Hilton signed Connie Stevens for a two year contract for $500,000 a year.
During Lynne Carter's tenure, he occupied the entire dressing room that was once used for the line dancers. He needed the entire area for the numerous gowns used in his impressions of famous distaff stars. The gowns were designed and made by Bruno who was famous for his half man-half woman act.
Diahhan Carroll was disappointed when the Hilton brass refused to allow S.O.U.P. a night off so they could perform at her wedding reception.
In May, 1973, The Treniers took a vacation but two days into it, Flamingo notified them that Fats Domino couldn't open, they flew back to take his place.
In 1974, Showroom showcased Dick Clark Show featuring Dion of Dion and the Belmonts/The Dovells/Joey Dee and the Starlighters. Nostalgic skits were highlighted by The Greasy Kids. Also showcased were Marty Allen, Tony Bennett, Charlie Callas, Myron Cohen, Cass Elliott, Jack Jones, Sandler & Young/Tommie Show, Lonnie Shorr, Connie Stevens, Leslie Uggams, and Lovelace Watkins. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane.
The Trophy Lounge showcased Judy Karp; Mona Richardson; and The Rich Bono Duo.
The Casino Theatre showcased Checkmates, Ltd.; Fats Domino; The Dovells/Dyanna Whitman; Kim Brothers; Roslyn Kind; Manila Machine; Mills Brothers; Della Reese; Kenny Rogers & First Edition; Johnny Tillotson; Tomorrow's Sunshine; Slappy White/Kim Brothers; and Dyanna Whitman.

During this year the Speakeasy Restaurant & Skyroom advertised BBQ ribs, and steaks & lobsters. All bar drinks were $1.50.

Flamingo 1975 pre-tower
Donated by Steve Fischer
In 1975, the Flamingo added another tower. It also built another new porte cochere. Pushing right up to the sidewalk, the porte cochere sign was a classic of neon and animation, a three-dimensional goblet of pink feathers waving in the neon breeze. A frieze of rear-lit mirrored Flamingos strutted above eye level. Both additions were by sign manufacturer Heath & Co.
In 1975, Flamingo showcased Gladys Knight & The Pips; Peggy Lee; Connie Stevens; Bobby Vinton; Lovelace Watkins/Charlie Calls.

Donated by Jeff Cross



Miss Grand Bahamas, Meoshi J. Smith, presents Flamingo General Manager Leo Lewis with a special sourvenir conch shell from the Bahama Islands. Smith was awarded the all epxenses paid trip to the Flamingo as a prize for winning the honor. Looking on are Assistant Food and Beverage Director Alan Kronberg, and Smith's official chaperone Carol Dawe.
In 1976, the Flamingo Room showcased Hooray '76; and Playgirls on Ice. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane. The Gold Cup Lounge showcased Bonnie Graham; Melanie; Eiko Shuri; The Smith Brothers; and the Good Life.

In 1977, The Casino Lounge showcased Terry Anthony & The Ryan Express; and Keri Crossman & Company.
1978 picture of the exterior of the resort.

In 1979, Flamingo Room showcased Razzle Dazzle w/Carlton & Co; The Maitre d' was Dee DeAngelo. Dinner shows were $8.95; cocktail shows were $8. Casino Lounge showcased Both Sides Now; Frankie Carr; and Hudson & Saleeby.

In 1980 and 1981, Flamingo showcased Razzle Dazzle, and in 1982 it showcased City Lites featuring Jack Campbell and Rulona Rolland, who were the World Pairs Ice Skating Champions for that year.

In 1984, the Showroom showcased City Lites.

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During this era Flamingo advertised 2,250 rooms and suites. Some suites contained private patios.
In 1985, the Showroom showcased City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased Launi Kristopher.

The Crown Room Buffet was $3.45 for breakfast, $5.00 for dinner, and Sunday brunch was $6.50. Guests had a choice of inside seating or eating on at the outdoor "Little Vienna" patio.

The Beef Baron was decorated to accentuate the glamor of the Old West which specialized in prime rib, steak, lobster, Texas caviar, and a variety of coffees. Prices began at $9.75.

The Peking Market freatured Oriental cuisine served in an authentic market setting.

Flamingo advertiesd the garden area with the focal being the 236,000 gallon heated swimming pool complete with its own island and a towering water fountain. At the end of the pool was a 12 seat Jacuzzi.
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Flamingo 1987
In 1987, Flamingo had a role in several episodes of the TV show Crime Story.
In 1988, Flamingo Hilton made an appearance in the movie, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
During this year, Flamingo showcased the musical City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased Jonathan and Music Magic/Second Wind, Mood, Then & Now, Bobby Glen, Sonny Turner/Jay Ramsey, and Bruce Zarka.
Also in 1988, City Lites illusionist Joseph Gabriel was invited to perform for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan at the nationally televised Festival at Ford's Theater. Gabriel also appeared on The Smothers Brothers Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and The Merv Griffin Show.

Siegel's prized roses and his memorial which was taken around 1988
In 1990, Flamingo added another tower bringing their room total to 3,530.
During this year she showcased City Lites. Casino Lounge showcased In the Mood/Triple Play, Santa Fe Fontaine & Davis, and Sonny Turner.
In 1992, Flamingo showcased City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased live entertainment daily.
In 1993, Hilton razed the Siegel suite and outmoded motel styled buildings containing 489 low-rise garden rooms. Showcased during this year was City Lites.
In 1994, Hilton constructed two $104 million, 612 room towers containing 201 suite time shares. The tower is named Hilton Grand Vacations. The final room count, including hotel and vacation ownership suites is 3,638.

The Flamingo made a mark in history with the Hilton Grand Vacations as this being the first timeshare project in Las Vegas to be built on the grounds of a major hotel. The buildings are done in an art-deco style, a look that is popular throughout southern Florida. Every unit has a view of the pools and garden area.
The property is managed by Hilton Grand Vacations Company, a joint venture between Hilton Hotels Corporation and Grand Vacations Limited, but Flamingo employees maintain the timeshare units on a day-to-day basis.
The majority of the units are two bedroom, with 900 square feet of area. About 35% are one bedroom, with about 400 square feet of area.
"The building design and color is a real complement to the hotel. The interiors are all done in soft colors, like mauve and buff, and are equipped with high-end furniture, china, silver, and linens. It's not taking very long to sell these out. Mark my words, these units are selling like the proverbial hot cakes." - Andrew Kerr, Project Director
Other special amenities include overside Jacuzzi bathtubs, and on-command televisions, which feature access to more than 250 movies at a time. All units also have dishwashers and laundry rooms.
Also during this year, Flamingo opened its Wildlife Habitat consisting of 12 flamingos, 12 penguins, several swans, a few parrots, and a couple of ducks.
In 1994, Showroom showcased City Lites. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased American Superstars.
On February 1, 1995, Flamingo introduced their new show The Great Radio City Spectacular starring Susan Anton.

In the beginning of 1995, Bodil Adkison dropped three coins into the dollar Flamingo Gold machine and instantly became a millionaire, winning $1,014,443. Ironically, her husband had gone to bed earlier and told her not to wake him up unless she won more than $5,000. When she called him, he thought it was a joke.
In the end of 1995, Jay Leno brought The Tonight show to MGM Grand. The show went live by satellite feed to the Flamingo where Wayne Kotter, performing at the Improv at Harrah's was acting as a Tonight Show correspondent. Stationed behind a blackjack table, it was Kotter's duty to pick an onlooker from the crowd to play the game, which entailed both Kotter and the player each cutting a deck of cards. If the card the player cut was higher than the one Kotter cut, the player received a Tonight Show t-shirt. If it was lower, the guy loses his shirt to The Tonight Show. More information on the show can be found at the MGM page.
In 1995, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring the Rockettes. The 200 seat Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Twist n' Shout: The Ultimate Beatles Revue, and opened its Forever Plaid.

Written, directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, Forever Plaid mixed humor with nostalgia to tell the story of four nerdy young men with dreams of fame and fortune who are killed in a crash before they have a chance to see those dreams come true. Cosmic forces conspire to bring them all back one more time for one last taste of glory.
In 1996, the Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular, and Robert Goulet in Concert. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid.
In 1997, British Broadcast Company filmed the number one talk show in Britain, Mrs. Merton at the resort. Stars interviewed were Tony Curtis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bo Derek, and Patrick Duffy. The BBC had brought 50 senior Brits to be on stage with 50 Americans on stage to participate.
Also during this year the Peking Market restaurant re-opened. Flamingo spent $1.5 million renovating the restaurant including teak paneling, carved antiques, a huge seawater aquarium, and plush booths.
In December of 1998, Park Place Entertainment Corporation became a separate and independent public company resulting from the split of the lodging and gaming operations of Hilton Hotels Corporation through a tax-free distribution of Hilton's gaming division to its stockholders. In this split, Flamingo, Bally's, and Las Vegas Hilton became the property of Park Place. Hilton shareholders were given 1 share of Park Place for each share of Hilton they owned. Park had use of the Hilton name for three years.
In 1998, the Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. Sunset Ballroom showcased Kenny Rogers.
December 28, 1999 marked the 3,000th performance of The Great Radio City Spectacular.
In 1999, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. Sunset Ballroom showcased The Oak Ridge Boys.

WILDLIFE HABITAT
The Habitat was part of the Flamingo's $130 million renovation and expansion. African penguins, Chilean Flamingos, ducks, swans, Koi and goldfish are all residents of the Habitat. The 15 acre Caribbean-themed foliage and water playground sits in view of the 550 seat Paradise Garden Buffet, but anyone can wander through the Habitat. Hotel officials are also considering bringing cranes and some marsupials, such as wallabies, into the resort.
The Habitat is under the watchful eye of Wildlife Manager Robin Matos who left a similar position at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to guide the Flamingo through this exploration into husbandry.
"This kind of exhibit is very popular at Hilton Hawaiian Village. It's a very beautiful setting, and the guests really enjoy it. But our firm concern is the birds and other animals. We want to make sure we provide as healthy and comfortable a habitat as is possible - or we wouldn't do it." - Robin Matos

FLAMINGOS

Watching the Chilean Flamingos is like watching fans at a tennis match. Right, left, right, left. With uncanny precision, these magnificent plumed flamingos stand in formation and sweep their pink and black beaks back and forth, obeying some in-bred command whose meaning only they comprehend. Sometimes they'll "march" in formation or they'll all suddenly hitch their wings back from their chests, saluting their audience.
The flamingos live on an island surrounded by a moat and live on a diet of shrimp. The shrimp is ground into a fine and ugly black powder. The areas where the flamingos come from have similar temperatures. They're native to South America, the wetlands of Chile. They're not very comfortable in the cold, so heat lamps are always kept on hand for the sometimes chilly Las Vegas winters.
"Flamingos are rather stand-offish birds, a very hardy species that pretty much disdains the folks who will be watching them. In fact, they're not all that fond of each other, truth be told. They're like chickens. They have a pecking order, with a 'head bird.' You'll see some antagonistic behavior toward each other, they are crabby towards each other, but they won't hurt each other, either. And they don't crave human company, but they are somewhat respectful. They have their own personal space and they don't like to see that violated." - Robin Matos

PENGUINS

Every day at 8:25am, and 2:55pm, out at the penguin compound behind the Flamingo, 14 dozing African penguins snap to attention at the arrival of Matos for their feeding. They rush across the rocks for their daily diet of smelt, codfish, and herring. Matos sits cross-legged, a silver bucket full of small scaly fish next to her, and doles out breakfast and dinner. Matos' hands bear scratches and scars from dealing with the penguins and 10 live flamingos that reside at the Flamingo.
"There's one that makes a hissing noise all the time I'm out there feeding them, so I make sure he gets his share." - Robin Matos
These little birds are quite different. One is hand-raised and the most pettable. Another should be tame but isn't. One is ornery while another is shy and has a bald spot on his head meaning that somewhere along the way he scraped himself pretty badly. Yet another sports a white beak and white feet, the result of a minor genetic defect.
Stuart draws much attention. As visitors stop and stare at the penguins, Stuart stands and stares at the people (who is really entertaining who?)

Klondike was born in 1997 to parents Norton and Squirt and was the first baby penguin born in the hotel's Habitat. A year later, he had a brother and sister - Mango and Tiger.
Penguin parents stay with their kids for six to eight weeks, and in that period of time they feed them as other birds feed their young, with regurgitated food. Penguins lay two eggs at a time, and both parents take turns incubating the eggs. But, as he did with Klondike, it was daddy Norton who was the more nurturing of the two parents. After the babies started leaving the nest, it was time to bring them into the compound because their feathers had not developed enough and they would have drowned if they'd fallen into the pond. When Matos tried to retrieve the infants, Norton turned fiercely protective at first. In fact, it was Norton who built what might have been the world's biggest penguin nest by scurrying around to other penguins'' nests and swiping their materials. But as soon as the babies were gone, Norton too lost interest.
"Norton was a thief. By the time he was through raiding everyone else's palm fronds, his nest was eight inches high." - Robin Matos
Ranging in age from a year and a half to 21 years, the penguins weigh between five to seven pounds. Shorter than their Antarctic cousins, they are actually native to Africa and feel right at home in the desert heat surrounded by their moat of cold water. The penguins love the water, bobbing in and around the bubbles and the waterfalls like tiny black-and-white corks.
"They only had a small pool at the Honolulu Zoo, where they were before. Now they must think they're in the ocean." - Robin Matos
The penguins too have their own language. For instance, consider what a penguin must go through just to get to their nest. Because penguin nests are so densely populated, each penguin as to waddle through several other nests to get back to his own. The owners of those nests would not take kindly to such a rude intrusion. In fact, they're likely to snap at him.
The penguin bows his wings, tucks his chin into his chest, and hurries through. No one bothers him because he is simply saying "Sorry, so sorry, just want to go home."
The Habitat is equipped with a misting system that can bring the temperatures down 20 degrees if necessary, and signs outside the moats remind visitors that the penguins come from a much warmer climate than is usually associated with the birds so they're not suffering in the heat. Because of their homeland, they never evolved to "toboggan" such as their South Pole natives, nor do they carry as much blubber.
"They're used to temperatures that are extremely hot and water that is very cold. You'll notice there are bare patches around their eyes that help dissipate the heat.
"Normally, they do mate for life but there are affairs, and there are divorces. Our priority is to make sure the exhibits are set up properly and that the animals thrive. We don't want to 'just' take care of them. We want our guests to say 'When I die, I want to come back as a Flamingo Hilton penguin." - Robin Matos
The President of the Flamingo is Anthony F. Santo. The 38 year old hotelier began his career at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1981, holding various positions there before being named Vice President of hotel operations at the Flamingo Reno. Santo was then promoted to Vice President/General Manager at the Reno Hilton, and held the same position at the Flamingo Las Vegas before leaving again, to assume the presidency of both the Reno Hilton and Flamingo Hilton Reno. Santo, who has a Bachelor of Science in hotel administration from UNLV, returned to the Flamingo to guide the resort into the next century.
In 1998, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring alternatively Susan Anton and Paige O'Hara (singing voice of Oscar-winning Beauty and the Beast). Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid.
In September of 1999, Park decided to remove the name "Hilton" from the Flamingo name. This is definitely a reminder for all collectors to keep their Flamingo Hilton items as they are no longer being made.

New Flamingo Logos Oct. 1999
The third lady of the Strip has grown up and is proving to be a successful competitor with the new megaresorts. (Would Siegel want it any other way for his lady?) The front of the resort contains glass walls, graceful columns and a row of tall, sheltering trees.
The back contains two Olympic size swimming pools, one kids' pool, two Jacuzzis, several waterfalls, and meandering streams and lagoons. A waterslide branches off to empty into three separate pools. Cocktail service is available and the Pool Grille is open seasonally.
There are also four night-lighted championship tennis courts available to visitors, together with a complete Pro Shop, a practice court, and a tennis pro for lessons.
"Tennis is such a popular game anywhere the weather is as beautiful as it is here, and we knew we had to bring back our tennis courts as soon as possible. We have something for everyone, those who want to hone their skills and those who just want to enjoy themselves." - John McCauley, Tennis Pro
Out of the 3,638 rooms, there are 1,104 non-smoking rooms, two Super-Suites, 24 Luxury Parlors, 150 Mini Suites, 126 rooms that are equipped to accommodate guests with special needs, and six Conference Suites. Children are free regardless of their age when they are in the same room as their parents.
The casino is 70,000 square feet with a spacious Race and Sports Book. The casino contains 2,100 slot machines, and 64 table games including progressive Keno, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Double-Down Stud, Blackjack and a traditional Poker Parlor.
The Race and Sports Book features individual color TV monitors and no limit pari-mutual wagering from early morning to late night. Thoroughbred racing from New York, Hollywood Park, Arlington, Meadowlands, Santa Anita, Hialeah, Pimlico and many others are available seven days a week. The Sports Book offers new projection screens devoted to sports, and a brand-new satellite system. Wagering is available on professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and all major collegiate sports.
Flamingo was offering the largest Super Q in the state. Every Wednesday through Friday Super Q gives players the opportunity to win $3,000 or more for just a $2 wager - Saturdays and Sundays the Super Q jackpot is a minimum of $5,000.
The Sunset Ballroom meeting space is 25,000 square feet containing rows of rainbow-hued chandeliers and is located on the third floor of the resort. It has hosted special events such as concerts given by Melissa Manchester and Roy Clark. It can also be broken up to three entirely separate areas. This area can handle groups as small as 20 or as large as 2,400. Conference parlors have been created to comfortably accommodate groups of 10 or less.
The Flamingo Room now restaurant which seats 320, featuring American and Continental cuisine; The Beef Barron Restaurant has been replaced with the old English themed Conrad's which seats 190; The Peking Market seats 174 and contains polished teakwood, darkly wooded walls and artifacts reflecting the great dynasties of decades long passed. The Market also contains an 800 gallon seawater aquarium; Alta Villa which seats 214 serves authentic Italian cuisine in a quaint old-world atmosphere; Hamada of Japan seats 174 and services authentic Japanese Steak and Sushi which is cooked at the diner's table; Lindy's Coffee Shop seats 294 serving deli sandwiches and specialities;
Pool Bar & Grille seats 100 indoor and 60 on Terrace and serves appetizers and light lunches; and Bugsy's Deli for the deli lovers.
The Flamingo Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring the eye-high Radio City Rockettes. The show alternated stars Marlene Ricci, whose powerful voice endeared her to the late Frank Sinatra; Paige O'Hara who was the voice of "Belle" in the Oscar-winning Disney hit "Beauty & The Beast"; singer/dancer/actress Susan Anton who opened the show; Rip Taylor who is often unpredictable and always hilarious; or the dancing sensation and show director/choreographer Maurice Hines. For those who love humor and juggling, there is Nino Frediani, a veteran entertainer who has a loyal following. For fans of the prestidigitation, there was master magician Tim Kole, who makes the improbable possible. The showroom capacity is 740 with 600 on the main floor and 140 on the balcony. Flamingo also had the only remaining dinner show with the Radio City Spectacular playing at 7:45pm nightly except for Fridays.

Every holiday season the Radio City Rockettes performed a special show which included segments such as The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and The Christmas Waltz.

The resort also contains the Garden Wedding Chapel which has united over 10,000 lovebirds in the quiet sanctuary surrounded by waterfalls and lush foliage.
"You can't find anything like this anywhere in Las Vegas. We have created a paradise for lovers." - Anthony Santo, President
The Chapel can accommodate up to 65 guests, as well as a stunning outdoor gazebo. A variety of ceremony and reception packages are available as well a professional staff of bridal consultants; and indoor reception facilities with a full-service catering staff. The Chapel can accommodate all religious and civil services. Also offered are candlelight ceremonies, floral packages, photograph and video services, tuxedo and gown rental referrals, dressing rooms, and special room rates for wedding guests.
Alexandra's Beauty Salon and Barber Shop offers top of the line products and styling for both men and women, which is located next to the Health Spa. Other shops include Alta Villa for Flamingo and Las Vegas logo merchandise as well as gift shop items; The Jewelers for fine jewelry; Cafe Flamingo for exotic coffees and cookies; D'Finess for fine menswear; Flamingo Apparel for womens' clothing and accessories; Time World for watches; Kidz Club House for kids' clothing, toys and games; The Pearl Factory where a person can open an oyster and fish out their own pearls; Mesa Southwest for southwest giftware and crafts; and Promenade Gift Shop for Flamingo logo merchandise and souvenirs, newspapers and sundries (open 24 hours). There is also Dollar Rent-A-Car and Flamingo Tickets and Tours located in the main hotel lobby.
The Health Spa is professionally staffed and offers separate men's and women's health club facilities with state-of-the-art equipment including Universal machines, steel barbells, treadmills, steppers, and lifecycles. Aerobics are offered via television. Also offered is dry saunas, steam inhalation, and three Jacuzzis.

Post-work outs includes blow dryers, extended mirrors to mouthwash, hair conditioner, mousse, hair spray, deodorant, apricot lotion, Noxema, Q-tips, make-up remover, razors, and shaving cream are offered for a small fee to both guests and general public. For an additional cost the Spa offers two tanning beds, and four massage rooms staffed by licensed masseurs and masseuses. It also contains "The Snooze Room" which is a room with four beds, each covered with a warm blanket and a big pillow. There is also a spacious TV lounge, supplied with newspapers and magazines.
The third lady's guests services consist of free parking in their 3,111 south and north garages, professional bell staff, valet service, 24-hour room service, babysitting, cribs, rollaway beds, free safe deposit boxes, message service/voice mail, wake-up service, wheelchairs (with refundable deposit), gift certificates, Federal Express pick-up and delivery, fax machine service, and in-room safes. 24 hour room service is also available with a limited menu between 11pm and 6am.
The Great Emilio sits down at the cream-colored Samick piano that sits on a pedestal just outside the Flamingo Room Restaurant, across from the Garden Bar, and people start to gather. Emilio, who is a native of Argentina, began studying the piano when he was four years old and performed in concert when he was 12 years old, won first place in the Liberace Play-Alike contest sponsored by the Liberace Museum in 1993.

Great Emilio Scan donated
by Bob Kaczmarek
In addition to playing for the general public, Emilio also provides pre-dinner entertainment for the early performance of The Great Radio City Spectacular nightly except for Fridays. Emilio also can be heard over the radio waves from his post by the Flamingo Room in a special live broadcast from 9:00 to 10:00pm, Sundays on KJUL Radio 104.3.

Darren Romeo who was 24 in 1999, but looked 14 years old, received the World Magic Award for Best Up-And-Coming in 1999, had been contracted to perform in the afternoon engagements at the Flamingo Main Showroom. Romeo's voice had been compared to Michael Crawford's, and he moved from magic to music, usually combining the two, was only 20 when he starred in The Fantasticks. His show also plays tribute to his namesake, Bobby Darin. Romeo began his love for illusion and mystery when he was nine years old when he watched his uncle make a handkerchief vanish.
The holidays are for all and the executives and management personnel of the Flamingo delivered turkey dinners, including plates, cutlery, and soft drinks to the women and children of The Shade Tree Shelter for battered families at noon, on December 25, 1999.
For New Years Eve Robert Goulet was showcased in the Sunset Ballroom. The party started at 8:00pm, and included dinner, champagne and party favors. Tickets were $225.

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In June of 1960, Morris Lansburgh converted the large Lanai Room into an entertainment center for kids. On July 6, 1960, it was announced that five men who clung to their minority interests in the resort after a "lion's share" was sold to a group of Florida hotelman for $11 million, received the green light from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The five men were: former midwestern bookies Edward J. Barrick and Sam Ziegman, who had been stockholders from two to ten years; John Gaughan; Morris Baker; and Chester Simms. Their total 12.25% interest was valued at $306,250. The final approved was scheduled for July 19th but the Board indicated there was no problem with this arrangement. On July 22, 1960, Gary Crosby couldn't perform his show due to a chronic throat ailment. Bobby Darin, who was playing at the Sahara, ran over to cover for him so the audiences wouldn't be disappointed. In July of 1960, it was announced that a $10,500,000 transfer of 87% interest in the resort was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission to three Miami Beach investors. The Commission gave a green light to Samuel Cohen, Morris Lansburgh (owner of Florida's Eden Roc), and Daniel Lifter to take over a major portion of the Flamingo from the Al Parvin group. It was reported that Lansburgh was an old friend of Myer Lansky and Parvin then paid Lansky a $200,000 finder's fee for having turned up Lansburgh and used the remaining Flamingo assets to set up the Albert Parvin Foundation to provide fellowships for students from underdeveloped countries. (On the foundation's board sat Robert G. Goheen, President of Princeton University, Robert Maynard Hutchins, head of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.) It was reported: "Five men who clung to their minority interests in the plush Flamingo Hotel this spring after the lion's share was sold to a group of Florida hotelmen for a reported $11,000 got the green light from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to continue as licensees. The five, including prominent former midwestern bookies Edward J. Barrick and Sam Ziegman, had been Flamingo stock holders from two to 10 years, sticking with several different management groups. The other three are John Gaughan, Morris Baker, and Chester Simms. Their total 12.25% interest is valued at $306,250." Radio Monitor taped a 25 minute segment of their New Years Eve show from the Driftwood Lounge. In 1960, Flamingo showcased Pearl Bailey/Louis Bellson/7 Moroccans/Mr. Wynn/Alice Grant/Ambassadors/Tapateers; Milton Berle; Ray Bolger w/Dorothy Louden; Ray Bolger/Marie McDonald; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Francis Brunn; Jack Carter; Jack Cathcart & His Orchestra; Gary Crosby; Stan Fisher; Flamingoettes; Betty George; Morris Lansburgh presents Vic Damone; Mitzi Green; Sam Liner at the Piano; Morris Lansburgh Presents Peggy Lee; Joe E. Lewis/Gary Crosby; Gisele MacKenzie/Jack Carter/Phil Foster; 'Jackie Miles; Georgie Tapps & His Dancers; and Andy Williams. Before one of Ray Bolger/Marie McDonald's shows, McDonald got sick. Instead of shortening the show, Bolger went on for the full hour and a half so no one would feel cheated. The Driftwood Lounge showcased Jackie Allison/Rocky Gerra; The Aristocats; Belasco IV; Belasco IV Plus One; Tony Bellus; Jack Costanzo; Do-Ray-Mi Trio; The Four Most; Harry James; Philly Duke; Mafalda Trio; Janie McFadden; Damita Jo; Piano Pasha; Jack Ross/The Dick Lane Quartet; Della Reese; Maurice Simon & his Orchestra/Clora Bryant; Town Pipers; Ray Vasquez IV; Sarah Vaughn; Dinah Washington; and Yacubian Four. The Stage Bar Lounge showcased Aristocats; Tony Bellus 4; Dorothy Donegan; Jimmy Dorsey Band directed by Lee Castle; Fred Estrada Trio; The Four Most; Kirby Stone 4; Los Churumbeles; The Noctunes; Piano Pasha; Jack Ross/Dick Lane Quartet; The Town Pipers; and Sarah Vaughan. In February of 1961, Jane Froman had to cancel her shows due to the flu. Sarah Vaughan volunteered to help out by playing in a few shows, then Andy Williams rushed over from the Desert Inn between his own shows to help out, then Dorothy Shay volunteered for a few more, with Peggy Dietrick following suit. Dietrick did such a wonderful job that the Driftwood Lounge signed a contract for her to perform there regularly. Also in February of 1961, David Allen, also of the Driftwood Lounge, walked away with top honors in the Playboy Jazz Singer Poll. When Lionel Hampton opened in the Driftwood Lounge in April of 1961, he was such a success that patrons and fans wouldn't let him off stage for a solid two hours. Also in April of 1961, it was noted that Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows broke all records at the resort. On April 7, 1961, a fashion show was to be held as the official opening of the Flamingo's new Convention Hall with all proceeds to be turned over to the March of Dimes. Steve Allen was Master of Ceremonies while his wife Jayne Meadows did the commentary. Unfortunately, the show had to be moved to the Flamingo Room because of a derailment of train cars. In May of 1961, it was reported that Vic Damone recorded an album live at the Flamingo. Also in May of 1961, Maharaja of Mysore (an Indian Province) arrived at the Flamingo and quickly reserved the Flamingo boat for the purpose of some relaxing fishing. However, the Maharaja was so fascinated with Hoover Dam, his short visit was spent solely on that site. Also in May, the Musician's Unions Jazz Festival took place at the resort with some of the greatest jazz men of all time in a "Five Stages of Jazz" concert. A crowd of over 600 jazz lovers heard Desert Inn's Phil Harris MC the program, and was privileged to listen to such greats of the world of jazz as Lionel Hampton, Charlie Teagarden, Vido Musso, Henri Rose and Bobbie Stevenson, with some of the most accomplished side men in the business swinging in the sunshine. In June of 1961, Milton Berle played Dad at the resort to a group of children whose servicemen fathers were overseas. During Mitzi Gaynor's July opening at the resort, Donald O'Connor, Betty Grable, Sid Miller, Julies styne, and Connie Stevens could be spotted in the audience. In August of 1961, a burley six footer stepped onto the stage of the Driftwood Lounge and immediately the audience began buzzing. The baling young man looked as though he would be much lmore at home on a football field, but when he sat down at the piano and began ripping through Jazz, Classical, Semi Classical works with great grace and poise the patrons ceased their wondering and began clapping. This was Bob Sims' introduction to Vegas. Also in August of 1961, Lionel Hampton postponed his plans to record an album at the resort. Lionel's wife Gladys was overheard telling friends this was because there was talk of tours for the State Department and the Matson Ship Lines. The government wanted Lionel and his crew to entertain in Korea and Japan during the Christmas holidays. the Matson people had about the same idea except that it would be more of a holiday for passengers and performers alike. This would take Hampton to Honolulu and back with all expenses paid, with the show doing only one performance going and coming. Hampton was in the process of deciding which offer he wanted to accept. On August 28, 1961, a farewell testimonial party was thrown for Father Richard Crowley at the Convention Center with entertainment from 10:00pm until dawn. Lou Walters and Harry A. White arranged the party, Stan Irwin and Henry Dunn were the emcees, Bill De Angelis was Stage Manager, and the musicians were provided by Musicians Protective Association, Local 369. Those who appeared at the show were Bogadadis Duo, Shecky Greene, The Dagenham Girl Pipers, The Florence and Fredrick Dancers and Mme. Baron's Can-Can Dancers from Tropicana; Arren and Broderick and Don Urban from the New Frontier; The Barry Sisters and Myron Cohen from Flamingo; The Happy Jesters and The Gimma Brothers from the Stardust; Hank Henry and The Madcaps from Silver Slipper; Ray Anthony and the Book Ends and Davis and Reese from Sahara; The Lancers and Alice Lon from Thunderbird; Arturo Romero and his violins and Eleanor Powell from Dunes; Kay Stevens and Mitzi Green from Riviera; Peter Lind Hayes from Sands; and Louis Prima and Keely Smith from Desert Inn. Lansburgh was responsible for the very successful Miami "Cavalcade of Stars", a program presenting top name entertainment to guests of his five Miami hotels without charge. The program was reported to have cost over $1,000,000, but increased the occupancy rate of the participating hotels. It was advertised that not only was Jack Carter a comedian, he was also a gourmet cook, and he spoke anywhere from seven to ten different languages. It was noted that Lionel Hampton and his orchestra were driving patrons wild. There just wasn't enough room to accommodate the fans. "Hamp" had them dancing in the aisles with his Flamingo Twist, a new dance rage that he introduced. In October of 1961, Della Reese ably pinch-hitted for the ailing Pearl Bailey. Patrons were hoping that Reese would asked to return to the main room as a headliner. During this month it was noted that Harry James was signed with MCA for 20 years and had re-signed for another five. He was also being sought for guest shots on TV shoes, Wagon Train and Thriller as a result of his top performance on the Danny Thomas Show. James, along with Willie Smith (alto sax) and Sam Firmature (tenor sax) had been nominated for the 1962 Playboy Jazz Poll; and when Carol Channing droped in to catch the Joe E. Lewis/Vic Damone show, the gentlemen kept her waiting. Vic lost his shoes and it took 15 minutes beyond curtain time for the personnel to locate them for the singer. In November of 1961, it was announced that Morris Lansburg was planning a New Year's Eve party to take care of the crowds who were "unable to gain entrance to hotel shows because of the many thousands of extra guests bent on a thrilling holiday in this glittering setting." In December of 1961, The Twist debuted at the Flamingo and showed up in droves to try out the new dance. The band who decided to introduce was Tommy Roba & The Pepperpots. On December 22, 1961, Candlelight Room hosted the opening night party for Mitzi Gaynor. Most of the approximately 60 people in attendance were celebrities appearing on the Strip plus Rossano Brazzi, Yves Montand, and Producer Ross Hunter. In December of 1961, employees listed included Buddy Banner/Sam Belkin/Artie Newman - Casino; Dick Odessky - Publicity/Advertising; Lyle Thayer - Entertainment Director (replacing Dave Victorson in September 1961); Tony DeCarlo - General Manager; Morris Lansburgh - Owner; Alice Freeman - Secretary to Abe Schiller. In 1961, Flamingo Room showcased Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows; Pearl Bailey Show w/Louis Bellson Orchestra/Marie Bryant (choreographed, produced & directed by Pearl Bailey); Barry Sisters; Richard Behrike; Polly Bergen; Milton Berle/Betty George; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Lottie Brunn; Jack Carter Show; Myron Cohen/Bobby Darin; Vic Damone; The Dunhills; Flamingoettes featuring Don Kirk(choreography by Barry Ashton); Mitzi Gaynor Show; Betty Grable; Frank Gorshin; La Scala Quartet; Joe E. Lewis/Vic Damone w/Austin Mack at the Piano; Juliet Prowse; Della Reese; Dick Shawn; and Leonard Sues. The Driftwood Lounge showcased David Allen; Norman Brooks; Ken Coleman; Don Cornell; Crew Cuts; Peggy Dietrick; Encores; Jane Froman; Terry Gibbs; Earl Grant; Lionel Hampton; Ann Henry; Harry James; Eddie MacDonald; Chris Pan; Peter & Hank Duo; Della Reese; Betty Reilly; Tommy Roba & The Pepperpots; Bob Sims Trio; Sunny Spencer; Gloria Tracy Quartet; Sarah Vaughn; We-Four; and Windsor Trio. Flamingo had such a success with her Fun-A-Rama, Morris Lansburgh flew to Miami Beach to institute the same thing at the Fountainbleau for 1,600 travel agents from January 24-28, 1962. January 18, 1962, was a big day at the Flamingo. Sarah Vaughn and Lionel Hampton opened in the Driftwood Lounge and Bobby Darin and Myron Cohen in the Flamingo Room. Following the second show, a party was held in honor of these stars and also as a farewell to Harry James and Mitzi Gaynor. In February, 1962, Flamingo advertised 600 new guest rooms featuring suites in "French Provincial, Gay 90's, Japanese Modern, and Old Western motifs." She also announced the new Japanese House Boy Service. With a touch of a button, a patron's House Boy is at their service. Also during this month, Lionel Hampton was chosen the winner of the 1962 Playboy All-Star Jazz Poll. From February 7 - 11, 1962, Flamingo hosted their Chinese New Year Year of the Monkey festival. Locals and visitors witnessed Chinese dignitaries from all over the nation in a giant parade. Flamingo hosted the Chinese traditional Lion's Dance, the Dragon's Ball, an All Oriental Show and a fireworks display that only the Chinese knew how to assemble. Included in the festivities was a 22 course Chinese banquet. Myron Cohen and Peggy presented a special show to help commemorate the occasion and Lionel Hampton and his crew were decked out in authentic Chinese costumes with special musical arrangements. All proceeds were donated to the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco. In March of 1962, Arlene Dahl chartered a private plane to fly top hair stylist George Masters to help her get ready for her opening at the resort. During this year it was reported that Morris Lansburgh had been a controversial figure ever since he took over for Al Parvin. Even though not explained, the report stated that Lansburgh's activities were such as to almost cause his removal by his majority holding partner, Sam Cohen, who was listed as a Miami Beach hotel operator and gambling bigwig. One person who Lansburgh couldn't seem to bother was Casino Manager Chester Simms. Sims ruled the casino with an iron hand and Lansburgh was warned to stay away from him. During this year Jerry Gordon was listed as Vice President, and Tony De Carlo as General Manager. In April of 1962, Flamingo was host of a nightly radio show on KRAM titled Night People. It was heard from 12:30-2:30am, six nights a week. In March of 1962, Fabulous Las Vegas magazine put Flamingo showgirl Lori Field on the cover. The 22 year old was a former fashion model and her hobbies included ice skating, water skiing, and painting. In June of 1962, more than $30,000 worth of stereo equipment was installed in the Driftwood Lounge for the 21 piece Clebanoff Strings. This would be the first time they appeared in the lounge. In August of 1962, it was announced that the Flamingo was the first resort to purchase an $8,000 concert grand piano for the express purpose of "enhancing the talents of the great parade of vocalists." On October 15, 1962, Morris Lansburgh presided over the ground breaking ceremonies for the 200 additional rooms being added to the resort. When Ethel Merman opened at the Flamingo two people at a table caused extra looking - Judy Garland, and Mitzi Gaynor. During this time period employees included Max Shore/Buddy Banner/Artie Newman/Sam Belkin/Dempsey Foster - Casino; Carl Goodwin - Bartender; Tommy Nino - Captain of Driftwood. In 1962, Flamingo Room showcased Ashton Girls; Pearl Bailey; Blackstone, Jr.; Russ Black Orchestra; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Myron Cohen; Arlene Dahl; Bobby Darin; Alan Drake; Flamingoettes staged by Barry Ashton w/Don Kirk; Mitzi Gaynor; Gogi Grant; Don Kirk; Peggy Lee/Dick Gregory; Joe E. Lewis/Austin Mack; Ethel Merman; Walter Nicks Dancers produced by Pearl Bailey; Juliet Prowse/The Smothers Brothers; Dick Shawn; The Step Brothers; and Diane Varga. It was reported that Lansburgh signed Mitzi Gaynor at $40,000 a week. The Driftwood Lounge showcased Basin Street 6 Plus 1; Brook Benton; Norman Brooks; Bob Carroll; Clebanoff Strings; Nita Cruz; Bud Dashiell & Kinmen; Peggy Dietrick; Tommy Dorsey Show w/Sam Donahue/Frank Sinatra, Jr.; Billy Eckstine; Sam Fletcher; Helen Forest; Earl Grant; Harry James; Lionel Hampton; The Kinsmen; Lancers; The Mariachis; Jerry Murad's Harmonicats; Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers; Della Reese; Betty Reilly; Jimmy Rushing; Bob Sims; Town Pipers; Sarah Vaughan; and We-Four. Buddy Rich joined Harry James for the last couple of shows. When Robert Goulet appeared at the resort in January, 1963 he was greeted in his dressing room by eight large mail bags of fan mail. Lionel "King of the Vibes" Hampton was the subject of a rumor that he and his band racked up the biggest 1962 New Year's Eve gross, playing to wall to wall crowds, and the Flamingo presented him with a deserved hefty bonus. It was also noted that Hampton played a piano valued at $10,000. In January of 1963 it was noted that Morris Lansburge not only headed the Flaming, as well sa the Associated Hotels of Miami Beach including the Deauville, Sans Souci, Versailles, Casablanca, Saxony, Sherry Frontenac, and the Crown Hotels. He averaged 30,000 miles of travel monthly, shuttling back and forth across the country. In March of 1965, it was noted that Glen Covington scored his usual top-notch reaction in the lounge. Initially signed to a one week pact, Covington was quicked offered a six week extension which he took just as quickly. In June 1963, Flamingo boasted that over 38,000 conventioneers from all points of the globe had made reservations to attend 47 separate conventions during the balance of 1963. In the summer of 1963, Flamingo had a starring role in the Elvis Presley/Ann-Margaret movie Viva Las Vegas. Although many of the indoor sequences were shot on MGM sound stages, the exterior shots were filmed in and around the Flamingo with the Flamingo starring in all the pool scenes. The climactic race scene was filmed from Fremont Street to Hoover Dam and Mount Charleston. In July of 1963 Leslie Uggams signed a three year contract with the resort. She was contracted to return June of 1964, just prior to her "voting age" birthday. On November 9, 1963, Bobby Darin recorded his "The Curtain Falls - Live at the Flamingo". He sang not only his signature song Moritat (Mack The Knife), but some of the songs he wrote such as Hello Young Lover, Yellow Roses, and I'm On My Way Great God. He also sings a few songs he arranged for this record including Michael (Row the Boat Ashore), and Mary Don't You Weep. In 1963, Flamingo Room showcased Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter/Leslie Uggams; Ray Charles/The Raelets; Myron Cohen; Bobby Darin; Allan Drake; Ella Fitzgerald/Roy Eldredge/The Tommy Flanagan Quartet/Joe E. Lewis/Austin Mack; Mitzi Gaynor; Gordon & Sheila MacRae; Mitzi Gaynor; George Tapps Dancers; Robert Goulet/Myron Cohen; Inga & Rolf; Julie Prowse; Bobby Ramsen; Supremes; George Tapps Dancers; The Volantes; Bobby Winters. Driftwood Lounge showcased Nelson Alexander; The Casuals; Ray Charles; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Nita Cruz; De Fuentes Brothers; Glen Covington; Delta Rhythm Boys; Fats Domino; Billy Eckstine; Gerry Gerardo; Lionel Hampton; Harry James; Michael Kent Trio; Dave Harkenrider; Harry James; Micki Lynn; Mariachis Los Comperos; Freddy Martin/Della Rythm Boyds; Ruth Olay; Della Reese; Bob Sims; Bobby Sherwood Quintet/Phyllis Dorne; Lucky Starr; Gloria Tracy; Bob Sims. Also showcased were Buddy Sarkissian w/Lisa & Ahmad; Fred Elias; Manny Petro; and Cleopatras' Belly Dancers. It was noted that Fats Domino played SRO audiences nightly and was proving to be one of the biggest lounge attractions on the Strip. On May 30, 1964, Mel Larson brought the Indianapolis 500 into the resort via the closed circuit route and it was doing a sell-out business. In December of 1964, some employees listed at the resort included Gene Delmont; Buddy Banner/Artie Newman - Casino; Dempsey Foster; Danny Stein - Casino Pit. In 1964, Flamingo Room showcased Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter w/Molly Bee; Norm Crosby; Phyllis Diller; Ella Fitzgerald/Roy Eldridge; Robert Goulet w/Jerry Bresler conducting; The Holidays; Kobelt Sisters; Carol Lawrence; Joe E. Lewis; Jackie Mason; and Leslie Uggams. The Driftwood Lounge showcased Fats Domino; Mitch DeWood; The Tommy Dorsey Show/Helen Forrest/Frank Sinatra, Jr./Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers. Sam Donahue was the conductor; Harry James/Buddy Rich & Ruth Price; Cleopatra's Belly Dancers; Nita Cruz; Bob Sims; and Enzo Stuarti. In the winter of 1964, The New England Historical Society dedicated a Near Eastern exhibit in the Boston Museum. For the ceremony, they figured it would be appropriate to have some authentic Near Eastern folk music and dancing. Everything went well as they sipped tea to the complicated phrasing of the folk music, but when the dancing started, there were dropped teacups and popped monocles all over the place. The authentic Near Eastern folk dancer was Shamari, the bombshell belly dancer who was performing with the Nymphs of the Nile. In January of 1965, the Convention Hall co-sponsored the Jazz Salute with Music Performance Trust Fund of the record industry to Vegas Musicians Local 369. Della Reese was Mistress of Ceremonies with co-emcees, Len Howard and Ed Millar, popular DJs. Donations were presented to the American Cancer Society to whom the program was dedicated. Also during this month, the resort went into mourning when Casino Cashier Paul Lawler was fatally injured in an automobile accident. In February of 1965, it was announced that Lansburgh ordered three fantastic crystal chandeliers for the casino. Created in the Bavarian Alps, each chandelier contained apprxoimately 100,000 crystals and weighed 2,000 pounds each. On June 7, 1965, Torris Brand, the relief orchestra leader who appeared throughout the Strip, and I have last listed playing the Flamingo, died of a heart attack. During this year, Bill Cosby taped his "Why Is There Air?" album live at the resort. In mid-1965, Buddy Sarkissian of the Belly Dancers, decided to throw a shishkebab party in honor of Mitzi Gaynor and her husband Jack Bean at the Four Fountains Restaurant. At the party, Sarkissian's wife Marie was hostess with entertainment by their little daughter Teena. Joe Kludjian of the Four Foutains supervised, and some of the 28 who attended were Line Rinaud, Frederick Apcar, George Gogian, Leo Chapian, the Nathan Jacobsens of Caesars Palace, Lisa and Ahmad. In June of 1965, Shamari (Cleopatra) was honored at sort of a birthday part-on-the-run between shows. Despite the limited time, they managed hors d'oeuvres, a huge cake, champagne, present openings, and a full chorus of Happy Birthday. It was noted that Shamari was one of the very few authentic belly dancers appearing in the show. Also in June of 1965, the audience got more than a regular show when Kari, one of Clopatra's Nymphs popped her bra strap. After the show she joked that her contract called for it to happen. In 1965, Flamingo Room showcased The Agostinos; Milton Berle; Blackstone, Jr.; Russ Black Orchestra; Sid Caesar/Leslie Uggams; Bill Cosby/Trini Lopez; Gene Di Novy; Mitzi Gaynor & her Four Fellows; Jack Jones/Jack E. Leonard; Shirley Jones/Norm Crosby/Bob Anson's Essjays/Bob LaCrose; The Lomans; Trini Lopez; Barbara McNair; Poncie Ponce/Paula Wayne; Juliet Prowse/The Boys/Myron Cohen; Raye & Roman; Jennie Smith; and The Smothers Brothers. The Driftwood Lounge showcased Cleopatra's Belly Dancers starring Shamari; Cleopatra's Belly A Go Go; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Nita Cruz; Fats Domino; Tommy Dorsey Show/Frank Sinatra, Jr./Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers/Sam Donahue; The Fiascos; Pat Ford; Mitzi Gaynor; Harry James/Buddy Rich/Jean Turner; Gordon & Sheila MacRae; Della Reese; Bob Sims. It was a wonder that any patrons could attend Cosby/Lopez' opening night at the resort since it was filled with so many celebrities there was hardly any room left for "regular" people. In January of 1966, Milton Berle guested the wives of Vietnam War soldiers on his opening night. In April of 1966, Shirley Jones brought her young sons Patrick and Sean Cassidy to visit over the weekend and everyone in the audience loved the two boys playing in view while Mom was singing. Also during this month, Flamingo drained her pool to be repainted. It was reported that it took 173 gallons of special plastic paint to do the job. During this year actress Sandra Dee treated her son, Dodd Mitchell Cassotto Darin, to his first nightclub show by seeing his Dad, Bobby Darin. Dad brought son up on stage to join him. Everyone was amazed at Ponce Ponce's show. People were used to seeing him on the TV show Hawaiian Eye. He exhibited a strong voice, perfect deft impression of name singers, played half-a-dozen different instruments, and sang everything but Hawaiian songs. After Paula Wayne ended one of her songs a ringside lady spoke up quite audibly with "Well, thank goodness! We finally got someone that can sing as well as Streisand and you can look at her."! The music of Harry James was sent live to NBC and ABC radio stations, direct from the Driftwood Room on New Year's Eve. Sometime in the mid-1960s, the Flamingo underwent a battle over the licensing of foreign investors. The battle was fueled in November of 1966, when Ukio Kubota, president of the Fujiya Nevada Corporation, which represented Japanese industrialist Kenjo Osano, applied for the purchase of the hotel through the issuance of $3 million worth of common stock. The rule at the time was that American citizenship was a prerequisite to licensing. It was rumored that Lansburgh and his friends wanted to get rid of the resort about the time the government began its investigations of Lansburgh's New York-London charter gambling flights and of his part in Las Vegas skimming operations with Lansky and others. Also in 1966, the Flamingo Room showcased Charles Aznavour; Amin Brothers; Milton Berle; Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter/Barbara McNair; Myron Cohen; Curtis & Tracy; Franklin D'Amore, Jr.; Bobby Darin; Phyllis Diller/Enzio Stuarti; The Dunhills; Ellis & Gayle; Jack Jones/George Carlin; Trini Lopez; The Shiela MacRae Row; Jaye P. Morgan; Bobby Ramsen; Joan Rivers; Royal Quartet; Rudenko Brother; Leonard Sues; and The Supremes. The Driftwood Room showcased Clebanoff & His Magic Strings; Cleopatra's Belly Dancers; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Glen Covington; Nita Cruz; Xavier Cugat; Harry James; Della Reese; and Bob Sims Trio. It was reported that Clebanoff's Italian violin was insured for five figures. When Jack Carter and Barbara McNair opened, they were greeted with a celebrity studded audience including Johnny Carson, Horace Heidt, Willie Davis of the Green Bay Packers, and Shep Fields. Also in 1966, Flamingo's trouble shooter George Zenzel was credited for the way he handled his customers' problems. People were stating that some institution should decree him an honorary Professor of Psychology. In December 1966, individuals at the resort included Candlelight Room's Pietro Thomasset Maitre d', and Captains Jimmy Welch, Al Courtney, Mike Venturelli, Gene Wosatka, and Joe Rhaueme; and Dempsey Foster. In January of 1967, Sheraton Corporation stated they were going to lease the property from the Japanese firm. In January of 1967, it was noted that French singer-composer Charles Aznavour, making his U.S. debut at the Flamingo, said he would honeymoon with his intended bride, Swedish model Ulla Thorssell, 25, for a week before their marriage at the resort. This was his third marraige and for first for Ms. Thorssell. On February 26, 1967, Jerry Gordon of the Flamingo threw a birthday party for Fats Domino in the Driftwood Room. On March 30, 1967, it was announced that the sale was cancelled, citing that Tokyo interests had failed in their bid to become licensees, due to a Nevada law that required that each and every member of a corporation submit for licensing. The next day, everyone was surprised when Kirk Kerkorian applied to purchase the facility for $13 million. On August 18, 1967, all rumors were killed when Kerkorian was approved as a licensee and through his Tracy Investment Corporation, owned 100% of the stock, becoming the owner of the resort. Kirk Kerkorian Kerkorian then budgeted $2.5 million for renovation. He demolished the legendary champagne tower, added a 300 seat theatre with a $50,000 sound system, expanded the casino, and housed it behind a new two-story porte cochere. A glass-enclosed restaurant on the upper floor overlooked the Strip. Martin Stern, Jr., was the architect. The Flamingo started to edge the sidewalk. During 1967, Henry Gon and Bob Gafael were Captains of the Flamingo Lounge, and Mary Jane Jackson was Entertainment Coordinator. Kerkorian also changed the entertainment to make the Flamingo a mecca for some of the best pop groups of the 1960s, including Kenny Rogers & The First Addition, and the Spiral Staircase. In 1967, under direction of President Horst Dziura, the Flamingo built a 28 story tower adding the room total to 1,250. In October 1967, Flamingo had to cancel its Annual Christmas Press party due to reconstruction. The Party moved to the Thunderbird. On November 17, 1967, Desert Inn Golf Course was the host for the Thanks for Giving Tournament. This Tournament was arranged by Flamingo Showroom Captain De Angelo and it was strictly a black-tie affair (only one ever held), accepting only maitre d's and Captains. Approximately 60 players teed off and all donations of turkeys, food-stuffs and other prizes given by merchants were turned over to welfare agencies. Also in 1967, the Flamingo Room showcased Pearl Bailey; Shelley Berman/Florence Henderson; Russ Black Orchestra; Bunny Briggs; James Brown/Flip Wilson/Famous Flames; Myron Cohen; Phyllis Diller/Warde Donovan (Diller's husband); Myron Cohen; Bill Cosby; Bobby Darin; DuVal & Trina; Gig & Ginger; Robert Horton; Frank Jeffries; Jack Jones; The Kids Next Door; Kin & Grant; Jackie Kahane; Peggy Lee; The Lomans; Wayne Newton; Raye & Roman; D'Aldo Romano; Sonny Sands; The Supremes; Caterina Valente; and Jackie Vernon. Driftwood Room showcased Anthony & The Imperials; Jose Antonio Dancers; Fiesta Bravo; Clebanoff & his Magic Strings; Cleopatra's 1001 Knights; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; The Dawnbreakers; Fats Domino; Mexican Fiesta; Fiesta Bravo; Jades & J'Adorables; Harry James; The Jets; Mariachi Brass; Mini-A-Go-Go-Revue featuring Ernie Cast IV; The Peddlers; Peter & Hank; Ruben Rodriguez & his Guadalajara Kings; Bob Sims; Lenny Sims Four featuring Dee Springer; The String Brothers featuring Hector Casas; Dionne Warwick; Bob Sims Trio; and Joyce Vonn & The Chasers. Flamingo advertised ringing in 1968 with the Wayne & Jerry Newton dinner show supported by Jackie Kahan scheduled for 10:30pm with dinner served at 9:00pm. The New Year's package, priced at $30 per person, included dinner, show, an attractive gift for each lady guest and a champagne breakfast in the McCarran Room. In addition to the showroom festivities, a special New Year's breakfast menu was offered in the Flamingo's main coffee shop until 7:00am. The Driftwood Lounge had continuous entertainment from 2:00pm until dawn headlining the Mariachi Brass, the Jets, and Jade & J'Adorables. In January, 1968, Flamingo hosted the March of Dimes Fashion Show. Resort President Alex Shoofey was in the audience watching his wife Joan and daughter Teri Lynn model. Also in the audience was ex-Sahara exec Stan Irwin who was producing the Johnny Carson Show, watching his wife Ruth and daughter Jody model. At the end of the show, General Boyd Hubbard presented Joan Shoofey with a plaque commending her for her efforts on behalf of this charity and the community. Joan was caught completely unaware and left in a very emotional state, unable to present a speech. On February 27, 1968, Flamingo hosted a huge Mardi Gras Ball with Jay Sarno's wife, Joyce, publicizing the event, and on March 4, 1968, Flamingo hosted 3,000 fight fans to a closed circuit telecast of the big title doubleheader out of New York. Resort President Alex Shoofey released Wayne Newton from doing his show on May 5th at the request of Cardinal Cushing for a Boston Garden show to raise funds for the burned down Blinstrub's Club. In May of 1968, the Flamingo Show Lounge opened to replace the Driftwood Lounge. The new stage was reputed to be the largest of any of the other theatre lounges. In 1968, Flamingo added Keno, Pan and Baccarat to its casino. It also added more table games and slot machines to accommodate her growing clientele. In June of 1968 Wayne Newton married former airline stewardess Elain Okamura at the resort. Newton's brother Jerry served as best man and Okamura's sister, Shirley Kajioka served at maid of honor. When Flamingo had its grand VIP opening in July of 1968, Dale Robertson, Cary Grant, and David Janssen jumped on stage and promptly stole the show. In October of 1968, the resort boasted that her swimming pool was protected from the winds because buildings were around it on all sides. After a $2-1/2 million expansion, she was offering a huge new show lounge, sparkling new sky room, vastly expanded casino, new games and airline ticket offices and a large and comfortable new lobby. Michael Lindeck was the General Manager, Alex Shoofey was the President and Kirk Kerkorian was the principal owner. The Executive Chef during this time was Helmut Riedner, who, at the age of 32, had been Executive Chef for several months, and one of the youngest men to hold such a position in Vegas. Born outside Hamburg, Germany in 1935, he served his apprenticeship in Duesseldorf, Germany between 1950 and 1953, followed by jobs at major hotels and restaurants throughout Europe. In 1956, with his Czechoslovakian wife and daughter, Riedner went to the U.S. and worked for two years at New York's Rockefeller Center. He went to Vegas in 1958, working at various hotels and at the same time working his way up the ladder to the top position he now holds. He then had two additional daughters and both he and wife became naturalized U.S. citizens in 1967. They also owned their home. He supervised 45 cooks and bakers, and 15 miscellaneous kitchen workers who prepared an average of 3,000 guest meals every day plus another 500 or so meals for hotel employees. He was directly in charge of all food preparation in the hotel. With the Flamingo boasting Nevada's largest single hotel convention facility, he was also charged with preparing hundreds of special banquet meals every week. Riedner's chores, averaged 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Riedner's favorite recipe was Beef Tenderloin Tips Saute a La Tolstoi (serves 6 people). 3 lbs lean denerved tenderloin of beef 5 large ripe tomatoes 4 oz tomato puree 6 oz finely chopped onions 1 pt. beef broth salt 1 tbp Hungarian paprika 2 oz butter 1-1/2 lbs. cucumbers Cut tenderloin of beef into thumb size strips, saute for several minutes in very hot skillet with butter until slightly browned. Add salt and paprika, add pealed tomatoes which have been cut in chunks the size of the beef, tomato puree, chopped onions, pealed chuck size cucumber and broth. Cover and simmer in medium oven (350 deg) for 45 minutes. Serve with rice or boiled potatoes. (Riedner's picture, bio, and recipe donated by Dan Kubota). In December of 1968, employees listed included John Thomas, Maitre 'd/Michael Keravin/Manuel Martinez/Frank Plutro/Joe Rheaume/Mike Venturelli/Gene Wosatka - Candlelight Room. In 1968, Flamingo Room showcased Paul Anka; Kaye Ballard; The Barry Sisters; Shelley Berman; Pat Boone; John Byner; Tee Carson Trio; Myron Cohen; Ella Fitzgerald; Sergio Franchi/Hines; Hines & Dad; Frank Gorshin; The Hardy Family; Don Ho; Tom Jones featuring The Squiers/Johnny Harris Musical Director; Lainie Kazan; Jackie Kahane; Abbe Lane; Lawrence & Carroll; Los Cabrera; Al Martino/Myron Cohen; Wayne Newton; the Juliet Prowse Show starring Juliet Prowse w/Barbara Heller & Vest & Clark; Mickey Rooney; Russ Black Orchestra; Saddri Dancers; Temptations/Myron Cohen; Leslie Uggams; and Caterina Valente. Considering Tom Jones reputation of heating up a room, Flamingo gave the press licorice candy "fever pills" to combat Tom Jones "fever" opening night. It was reported that since Jones' opening, the resort experienced records sales just after one week. Mrs. Gordon Mills, wife of Jones' manager was amazed as to how much Vegas changed since she was one of the Bluebell Girls which performed at the Stardust in 1959. Jones' first appearance in Vegas was during this year at the resort of where he stayed until 1971. After one of his shows, Shelley Berman performed again, but this time as a dealer at one of the blackjack tables. When he dealt, none of the players would pass up a hit if Berman had a pat hand. Flamingo Show Lounge showcased Action Fraction; The Aristocracy; Russ Black Orchestra; Nita Cruz; The Characters; Fats Domino; Duke Ellington; Ella Fitzgerald; Good Time Singers; Lionel Hampton; Jades & J'Adorables; Martin St. James; Dick Jensen; The Jets; Jackie Kahane; Kim Brothers; Tony Martin Show; Mills Brothers; Nelson & Palmer; Wayne Newton/Jerry Newton; Peter & Hank; Juliet Prowse Show; Dick Shawn; Bob Sims; Glen Smith/The Fables; Larry Steele's Smart Affairs of '68 starring the Nicholas Brothers/Ray Victor/Renee Pianzza; Temptations. The Maitre d' was Emilio Muscelli. It was noted that in one day, Fats Domino put in a couple of hours at Mayor Gragson's office, then he headed for a six hour session of recording new Beatles' compositions. Then without any sleep, Fats was back on the Flamingo Lounge stage sparking fans with his usual fire. The Casino Theatre showcased the Action Faction; Tommy Deering; The Fables; Peter & Hank; Dick Jensen & The Imports; The Jets; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers; Bob Sims Trio; Glenn Smith; Richard St. Charles; and Rusty Warren. The Sky Room showcased Vic Caesar; The Deltas; and Spiral Staircase. At the end of 1968, beginning of 1969, Flamingo's new sign was christened. "This new sign stands a 130 feet high, making it one of the tallest single support structures in the world. And the reader panel is the largest, freestanding, that is, in the world. It has two miles of fluorescent tubing and 6,000 bulbs, and it's all controlled by the first solid-state computer of its type ever installed in an outdoor display in the world. It is really beautiful, with a rippling pattern which looks like a flamingo's feathers fluttering in the breeze. It cost nearly $500,000. Nicholas Naff, the Flamingo's publicist, has invited me to the 'lighting-up ceremony' and now he introduces me to the hotel's president, Alex Shoofey, a little man in a Sammy Davis suit, who could have doubled for Raft in bolero days. Joan Shoofey, described in the hotel's puff as his 'beauteaous wife,' is to ride a motorized boom 90 feet to christen the flaming's beak with champagne. 'My wife,' Shoofey explains, 'was runner-up in the 1957 Miss America pageant and was Miss Nevada that year.' And the way she looks in the boom seat, mini-skirted and maxi-decolletaged, she may yet win it. As she flies up, smiling into the cameras, Shoofey turns proudly to Nick 'She's going higher than Liberace, and he shook all over the place.' 'She's got real guts.' Nick agrees. Shoofey flashes a lot of white teeth. When the sign ignites, the gallery, made up mostly of employees and their families (Nick's wife and two children are there), ooh and aah their appreciation. And then, as if on signal, everyone applauds, and Joan, up on the boom, throws kisses at the cameras." - Ovid Demaris, 1969 In June of 1969, Flamingo said goodbye to Alex Shoofey who was moving to President of the International opening in July of 1969. His position was given to Jim West who was joined by Burton Cohen who quit Circus Circus as Managing Director on June 30th to join the Flamingo family. Also during this year, Lansburgh, Lansky and several others were charged with skimming $36,000,000 from the Flamingo between 1960 and 1967. During this year Jack "Pappy" Walsh who was working as a greeter at the Desert Inn but worked at the Flamingo in the late 1940s gave an interview: "Mr. Hughes stayed with us at the Flamingo many times and he was always a gentleman. He never bothered nobody and nobody paid any attention to him. He was just another guest. And Mr. Siegel - well, I don't know what others thought of him, but to me he was always a wonderful man. They say he had a bad temper but I only saw him lose it twice in all that time. Once when a guest dropped a cigarette on the floor and another time when some plumbers refused to work on Sunday and Mr. Siegel said, 'You'll work or else!' - and they worked, period. On the day Mr. Siegel was killed I was supposed to fly to Beverly Hills with him and Allen Smiley; we were going to get some silk sheets for the penthouse, but I told him I'd like to play golf and he said go ahead, or it would probably have been my luck to be sitting on the couch with him when he was shot. The greatest friend I had in the hotel business was Gus Greenbaum who ran the Flamingo after Mr. Siegel was killed and later moved over to the Riviera. He and his wife were both murdered, their heads were cut off, and everybody said it was the Mob, but who knows for sure?" In 1969, Flamingo Room showcased Steve Allen; Paul Anka; Gene Barry; Pat Boone; Boyce & Hart Show; Myron Cohen; The Cowsills; Phil Ford/Mimi Hines; Ella Fitzgerald; Sergio Franchi w/musical director Pat Cooper; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Bobby Goldsboro; Don Ho; Tom Jones; Aliza Kashi; Lawrence & Carroll; Lulu; Al Martino; Corbett Monica; Al Pellegrini; Pat Paulson; Juliet Prowse; Jeannie C. Riley/Harper Valley P.T.A.; Dick Shawn; Sandler & Young; Sammy Shore; Sonny & Cher; Russ Black Orchestra. The Maitre d' was Emilio Mucelli. The Casino Theatre showcased Paul Anka/Myron Cohen; Belle Barth; The Characters; Wayne Cochran; Nita Cruz; Tommy Deering; Fats Domino; Fabulous Blue Notes; Billy Fellows; The Five Platters; Ray Frushay; Virgil Gifford's Country Affairs; Gwinn & Greg; Hassell w/Wisdom; The Hear & Now; Rhetta Hughes; Dick Jensen & Imports; The Jets; Kim Brothers; Gladys Knight & The Pips; Gwinn & Greg; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers/Nelson Sardelli/Dave Barry; Moses & The High Brows; The New Directions; Peter & Hank; The Platters; The Reycards; Ron & Lara; John Rowles; Nelson Sardelli; Skip; Glen Smith/Fables; Sonny & Pace Brothers; Rusty Warren; Slappy White; Orange Colored Sky featuring Lisa Marne. In the afternoons the show Geisha '70 was featured. The Sky Room showcased The Cascades; The Deltas; Dick Dodd & The Big Train; Chuck Freeman & The Drivers; Renaissance; Shango; Stark Naked & The Car Thieves. The Sky Room advertised having two bands from 5:15pm to 5:15am. There was no cover charge and no minimum. The Entertainment Coordinator was Joan Shoofey. During this year Tom Jones recorded an album at the resort entitled Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas At The Flamingo. The orchestra was conducted by Johnnie Spence. The audience did a double-take during one of Wayne Cochran's show when they noticed Elvis Presley sitting with them enjoying the show. The Candlelight Room restaurant offered steak and lobster, plus seafood cuisine. Complete dinners started at $7.00. In December of 1969 employees listed included Vice President & Casino Manager Moe Miller/Assistant Casino Manager/Sam Kimmelman/Baccarat Manager Jack Leonard/Assistant Baccarat Manager/Hy Porter/Keno Manager Chet Gonce/Shift Bosses George Chapman/Don Scharer/Mace Sickle/Arthur Haritos/Carl Hastie/James Roush/John Utz - Casino. In mid-April, 1970, Christian and Marcel Le Bon held their franchised Miss Nevada Universe Pageant in Caesars' showroom. The Flamingo had a repeat beauty queen winner this year, with the crown going to their representative Sherri Schruhl. John Rowles who co-starred with Connie Stevens at the Flamingo presented Schruhl with roses and displayed her trophy to the audience. On May 10, 1970, Flamingo hosted the Mothers Day Celebration. George Merriweather, Sales Director of Trans World Airlines, presented Hawaiian orchids to all the ladies who attended. On July 14, 1970, Kerkorian signed an agreement with Baron Hilton for the purchase of both the Flamingo and International. This was Hilton's first venture into Nevada gambling and the lush resort business. The price of sale began at $15 million and ran as high as $37 million cash based on eight times the audited net earnings for the year. Tracy Investment Company, the holding corporation owned by Kerkorian agreed to sell 37.5% in International Leisure Corp. which operated both the International and Flamingo. In 1969, the company had 6,585,000 shares outstanding. Kerkorian still remained International's biggest stockholder with 2.96 million shares or 44.8%. The company was slated to have five directors - two to represent Hilton, two designated by Kerkorian, and one chosen by the two dominant holders. Hilton agreed to handle rooms, food and bar management of both resorts. Hyatt Corp. and Gulf Western were originally interested in the buyout, but didn't want to part with all the cash required by Kerkorian. At the time, Kerkorian had large debt obligations under the terms of multimillion dollar loans he obtained in 1968 and 1969, to finance the acquisitions of controlling positions in Western Airlines and MGM Studios. Kerkorian received $5.5 million cash from the dividends of International Leisure in June of 1970, and speculation was that the money went to that debt. In July of 1970, there was a close call with a security guard strike. The guards had already formed their picket line when management called in the union's attorney and the few in the know mopped their brows in relief. In 1970, Flamingo Room showcased Paul Anka; Marty Allen; Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows/Friends of Distinction; Sandy Baron; Russ Black Orchestra; Boyce & Hart Show; Myron Cohen; Jerry Collins; Pat Cooper; The Cowsills; Ella Fitzgerald; Paul Ford/Mimi Hines; Sergio Franchi; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Terry Gibbs; Hines, Hines & Dad; Don Ho & His Hawaiians; Mills Brothers; Corbin Monica; musical revue Raphael; John Rowles; Russ Black Orchestra; Sandler & Young; Nelson Sardelli/Dick Shawn; Paul Smith; Sonny & Cher w/musical conductor Harold Battiste; Connie Stevens; and Kaye Stevens. The Maitre d' was Lou Gray. Gray had an appearance in the movie Pepe. In January of 2003, I asked Nelson Sardelli but the ad seen below: "I had thousands of T-shirts made with that photo on it. I could do anything..... but walk on water..... that had been done 2000 years ago. I was " The marvelous but humble" I had fun doing stuff like that....." - Nelson Sardelli. I then had to tell Nelson I really thought he could walk on water, why can't he and he stated: "I can only walk on water if it is frozen .... I actually only recall one Man who was able to do that Act...... but his peers crucified him...... Showbusiness envy, I guess." - Nelson Sardelli (one of these days I'll be able to top him in comments!!) Brigitte Elsner who was one of Don Ho's Hawaiians, had her picture taken on the Flamingo's grounds. Autograph hopefuls hung around after Connie Stevens' show when Astronaut Neil Armstrong was spotted in the audience. Bob Hope stopped by Connie Stevens' opening show on April 9, 1970, and helped introduce her to the audience. Hope was on his way back from being the MC at an UNLV benefit. Stevens was one of Hope's troupe entertaining the GI's during Christmas. The Casino Theatre showcased Jim Bailey; Dave Barry; Belle Barth; The Characters; Choice of Colors; Cirkus; Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders; Fats Domino; Tommy Deering; Jackie Gayle; Geisha; Hear & Now; The Jets; Billy Joe Royal; Kim Brothers; Judy Lynn; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers; Moses & The Highbrows; Peter & Hank; The Platters; Glenn Smith & The Fables; Salt & Pepper & Spice of Life; Nelson Sardelli; Skip; Glenn Smith & The Fables; Sonny & The Pace Brothers/Willie & The Magnificents; St. Paul Sisters; Treniers; Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band; Rusty Warren; and Diane Wisdom/Trish Turner. The Sky Room showcased The Cascades; July Tree; Mobius Loop; Stilroc; Stark Naked & The Car Thieves; St. Clair; and Stony Brook People. While Jim Bailey was doing his impersonation of Phyllis Diller, patrons looked around the room to see the authentic Diller sitting in the audience, enjoying Bailey's show immensely. In March of 1971, a slight discrepancy occurred regarding the word "sexy" being dropped from John Rowles' billing. The reason? It was stated that in Vegas' business of show and tell the "sexy" line denoted another skin-tight-outfitted sexpot trying to wiggle out of his seams. Rowles was labeled as having a brilliant voice, as well as having constant warmth and a delightful personality. His manager Kimo McVay suggested Passionate Polynesian and it was under consideration. The reason? On Rowles' opening night, 41 celebrities were counted in the showroom including Adam West, Tippi Hedron, Ruth Buzzi, Christine Jorgensen, Lois Nettleton, Edie Adams, Sammy Shore, Robert Lansing, and Angel Tompkins. In 1971, the name was formally changed to the Flamingo Hilton. ". . . Antoine Domino has always had music in his life. His father played with such legends an Kid Ory and Oscar Celestin. When Fats was 10 he was playing for pennies at local bars in New Orleans. He hurt his hand in an accident and rel-learned to play the piano. He built a reputation among local musicians and it wasn't long before a talent scout heard him and signed him to a recording contract. As they say, the rest is musical history. Fats made his name and fortune in the early stages of rock 'n roll but few know that he is recognized as a fine jazz-blues pianist. Effortlessly, Fats guides his group into 60 minutes of 1950's nostalgia and throws in today's bag just to show he knows. I can remember the first time the Flamingo brought him in. Everyone said Fats would bomb . . that a gambling crowd would not sit still to listen to R&R. Man, were they wrong. He packed them in then and still does to this day. Antoine, long may you wail!" - Bob Joyce, September, 1971 In December of 1971, employees listed included Moe Miller - Vice President/Casino Manager; Charles Resnik - Administrative Executive; Jack Leonard - Credit Office; Hy Porter - Credit Office; Vern Bernon - Baccarat; Nate Balor - Assistant Baccarat Manger; Mike Mottus - Slot Manager; Chet Gonce - Keno Manager; George Chapman/Don Scharer/George DeVerell/Mace Sickle/Arthur Haritos/Carl Hastie/James Roush/John Utz - Keno Shift Bosses. In 1971, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Kevin James; Marty Allen/John Rowles; Russ Black Orchestra; Checkmates, Ltd; Brother Love; Myron Cohen; Pat Cooper; Ella Fitzgerald; Phil Ford/Mimi Hines; Sergio Franchi; Sergio Franchi/Corbett Monica; Sergio Franchi/Lonnie Shorr; Hines & Dad; Don Ho w/Robin Wilson; Jack Jones; Kim Brothers; Corbett Monica; Paul Lowden Orchestra; John Rowles; Sandler & Young/Pat Cooper; Dick Shawn; Lonnie Shorr; Skiles & Henderson; Connie Stevens Show; Leslie Uggams; Robin Wilson. The Maitre d' was Ralph Greco. During Connie Stevens' opening night people in the audience saw Jan Murray, Frankie Avalon, Poncie Ponce, and John Rowles. Dick Shawn was Stevens' first week co-star. The Casino Theatre showcased Jim Bailey/Taf Arnold; Belle Barth; Bottoms Up; Sonny Charles; Wayne Cochran & his C.C. Riders; Okie Duke; Fats Domino; Phil Flowers; Arlene Fontana; Jackie Gayle; Don Ho; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; Kim Brothers; B.B. King/Treniers/Brother Love; Judy Lynn; Charlie Manna; Mills Brothers; Tony Martin; Tony Martin/The Platters/Vin Cardinal; New Directions; Maori Quin; St. Paul Sisters; Billy Joe Royal; Nelson Sardelli; Glenn Smith/The Fables; Society of Seven; Connie Stevens; Sun Spots; The Treniers; Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band; and Rusty Warren. In the afternoons, the Breck Wall/Joe Peterson's musical Bottoms Up was showcased. The Sky Room showcased Mobius Loop. In mid 1971, the Sky Room was transformed to the Speakeasy and showcased Kirk Stuart. Jim Seagrave sent invitations for the opening of the Speakeasy. Arriving wrapped around a solid red brick the note read "Big Nick says he'd like youse to attend the V.I.P. opening of the Speakeasy Restaurant and Saloon in the Flamingo Hotel on Wednesday evening June 30 . . . I'd be there if I were youse . . . and tell'em Big NIck sent youse!" Ad were out with Siegel in the peek hole in the door. Flamingo executive secretary Karen Esslinger, copied the picture in the ad. On November 24, 1971, Connie Stevens hosted a surprise birthday party at the Flamingo for her friend John Rowles. The Treniers' Attarack-MGM album was recorded live at the Flamingo. Also during this year, the state waited with bated breath to discover what the Flamingo executives would find in Siegel's safe. Oldtimers were right when they said the results would be zero. In 1972, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Leslie Uggams; Marty Allen/Mama Cass; Checkmates/Bo Diddley; Myron Cohen; Pat Cooper; Sergio Franchi/Charlie Callas; Don Ho; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; Judge's Nephews; Lettermen; Paul Lowden Orchestra; Corbett Monica; Sandler & Young/Corbett Monica w/musical director Leo de Lyon/Pat Cooper; Connie Stevens/Lonnie Shore; and Bobby Vinton. The Maitre d' was Ralph Greco. The Casino Theatre showcased Bottoms Up 73; Vin Cardinal; Lynne Carter; Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders; Myron Cohen; Leo de Lyon; Fats Domino/Johnnie Ray/Slappy White; Sergio Franchi; Don Ho; Thelma Houston; Sami Jo; Kim Brothers; Lettermen; Mills Brothers; The Platters; The Raiders w/Paul Revere/Mark Lindsay; Billy Joe Royal; Nelson Sardelli; Seoul Sisters; and Treniers. The Speakeasy showcased Kirk Stuart. Before closing out at the Casino Theatre, the Mills Brothers were surprised by friends who presented each with a set of gold cufflinks, designed in the figure of their best selling Paper Doll etching. In June of 1972 a story was told about Lynn Carter. Carter's impression of Phylli Diller called for a surprise visit from Diller during one of his New England dates. Diller couldn't taken her eyes off the Diller Gown Carter used. Carter apologized for being unable to give it to her because it was the only one he had for the impression. Next time Carter caughter Diller on TV, she was wearing a copy of his feathered Diller Gown. In January, 1973, District Judge Roger Foley determined that Meyer Lansky be tried separately from other defendants in a federal indictment charing casino profits were skimmed from the Flamingo in the 1960's to avoid paying taxes. The court accepted a guilty plea to two to five counts from Morris Lansburgh, and continued the trial of 75 year old Samuel Ziegman. The trials of 66 year old Samuel Cohen, 45 year old Jerry Gordon, 37 year old Steve Delmont, and 71 year old Harry Goldberg were still scheduled for February, 1973. Lansky was the only defendant who failed to appear at the arraignment. On February 9, 1973, Flamingo hosted Mardi Gras '73 honoring the Silver Jubilee of Rose de Lima Hospital. Also during this month, Harry Guardino was in Marty Allen's dressing room when he announced his and Jennifer Revlon's (Revlon family) wedding plans. After catching Allen's show, Elvis sent a note to him advising him he had a 99 plus rating in the Presley book. During this time, the Flamingo's Hunt Breakfast Buffet was $2.75. In March of 1973, Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers enjoying a tea, when he was asked on how it would affect him if the musicians went on strike. He responded: "How many have been put into the business by artists like us? The Mills Brothers - we're just four boys with a guitar. We wouldn't need a dozen musicians. If they went out on strike, we could go back to the beginning. Many performers feel the same way. They managed with one to three back-up men and could do the same thing today . . . Take Sammy Davis, Jr. He could go out onstage without any music and just joke with the people, tell a lot of stories. There's a lot to be said for the unions but I don't believe in crippling the city and its economy, no matter how strong union sympathy is. It took the culinary union workers a long time to get over the last strike. If petty attitudes persist, you can look forward to the day when there will be a special union for coffee pourers and a special union for water pourers, and a waitress being fined for daring to serve those liquids. There should be no partiality of leader toward musicians. The leader must consider the performer foremost. No matter where one performs, city or state, the rehearsal and first show are beautiful. After that, the musicians do what they want, playing the music as they want to, not the way the performer prefers." - Harry Mills, Mills Brothers In 1973, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Kevin James; Red Buttons; Charlie Callas; Chapter One; Mama Cass Elliott; Sergio Franchi; Don Ho Show; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; The Judges Nephews; Sam Kapu; Jr.; Lettermen/Corbett Monica; Paul Lowden Orchestra; Mills Brothers; Angel Pablo; Sandler & Young; Dean Scott; Lonnie Shorr; Connie Stevens; Bobby Vinton. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane. The Casino Theatre showcased The Aliis; Vicki Allen & The Image; Bottoms Up '73; Lynne Carter; Checkmates, Ltd/The Raiders featuring Paul Revere/Mark Lindsay; Wayne Cochran & his C.C. Riders; Julie DeJohn; Bo Diddley; Fancy That; Fats Domino; First Edition; Four Freshmen; Kim Brothers; Judy Lynn; Manila Machine; Mills Brothers; Nooney Rickett; Kenny Rogers; Kenny Rogers & The First Edition; Nelson Sardelli; Dean Scott; The Jerry Sun Show; Tomorrow's Sunshine; Liz Torres; The Treniers; Slappy White; S.O.U.P.; Unusual We; Rusty Warren. The Speakeasy showcased Kirk Stuart. It was noted that Barron Hilton signed Connie Stevens for a two year contract for $500,000 a year. During Lynne Carter's tenure, he occupied the entire dressing room that was once used for the line dancers. He needed the entire area for the numerous gowns used in his impressions of famous distaff stars. The gowns were designed and made by Bruno who was famous for his half man-half woman act. Diahhan Carroll was disappointed when the Hilton brass refused to allow S.O.U.P. a night off so they could perform at her wedding reception. In May, 1973, The Treniers took a vacation but two days into it, Flamingo notified them that Fats Domino couldn't open, they flew back to take his place. In 1974, Showroom showcased Dick Clark Show featuring Dion of Dion and the Belmonts/The Dovells/Joey Dee and the Starlighters. Nostalgic skits were highlighted by The Greasy Kids. Also showcased were Marty Allen, Tony Bennett, Charlie Callas, Myron Cohen, Cass Elliott, Jack Jones, Sandler & Young/Tommie Show, Lonnie Shorr, Connie Stevens, Leslie Uggams, and Lovelace Watkins. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane. The Trophy Lounge showcased Judy Karp; Mona Richardson; and The Rich Bono Duo. The Casino Theatre showcased Checkmates, Ltd.; Fats Domino; The Dovells/Dyanna Whitman; Kim Brothers; Roslyn Kind; Manila Machine; Mills Brothers; Della Reese; Kenny Rogers & First Edition; Johnny Tillotson; Tomorrow's Sunshine; Slappy White/Kim Brothers; and Dyanna Whitman. During this year the Speakeasy Restaurant & Skyroom advertised BBQ ribs, and steaks & lobsters. All bar drinks were $1.50. Flamingo 1975 pre-tower Donated by Steve Fischer In 1975, the Flamingo added another tower. It also built another new porte cochere. Pushing right up to the sidewalk, the porte cochere sign was a classic of neon and animation, a three-dimensional goblet of pink feathers waving in the neon breeze. A frieze of rear-lit mirrored Flamingos strutted above eye level. Both additions were by sign manufacturer Heath & Co. In 1975, Flamingo showcased Gladys Knight & The Pips; Peggy Lee; Connie Stevens; Bobby Vinton; Lovelace Watkins/Charlie Calls. Donated by Jeff Cross Miss Grand Bahamas, Meoshi J. Smith, presents Flamingo General Manager Leo Lewis with a special sourvenir conch shell from the Bahama Islands. Smith was awarded the all epxenses paid trip to the Flamingo as a prize for winning the honor. Looking on are Assistant Food and Beverage Director Alan Kronberg, and Smith's official chaperone Carol Dawe. In 1976, the Flamingo Room showcased Hooray '76; and Playgirls on Ice. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane. The Gold Cup Lounge showcased Bonnie Graham; Melanie; Eiko Shuri; The Smith Brothers; and the Good Life. In 1977, The Casino Lounge showcased Terry Anthony & The Ryan Express; and Keri Crossman & Company. 1978 picture of the exterior of the resort. In 1979, Flamingo Room showcased Razzle Dazzle w/Carlton & Co; The Maitre d' was Dee DeAngelo. Dinner shows were $8.95; cocktail shows were $8. Casino Lounge showcased Both Sides Now; Frankie Carr; and Hudson & Saleeby. In 1980 and 1981, Flamingo showcased Razzle Dazzle, and in 1982 it showcased City Lites featuring Jack Campbell and Rulona Rolland, who were the World Pairs Ice Skating Champions for that year. In 1984, the Showroom showcased City Lites. Check in/out During this era Flamingo advertised 2,250 rooms and suites. Some suites contained private patios. In 1985, the Showroom showcased City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased Launi Kristopher. The Crown Room Buffet was $3.45 for breakfast, $5.00 for dinner, and Sunday brunch was $6.50. Guests had a choice of inside seating or eating on at the outdoor "Little Vienna" patio. The Beef Baron was decorated to accentuate the glamor of the Old West which specialized in prime rib, steak, lobster, Texas caviar, and a variety of coffees. Prices began at $9.75. The Peking Market freatured Oriental cuisine served in an authentic market setting. Flamingo advertiesd the garden area with the focal being the 236,000 gallon heated swimming pool complete with its own island and a towering water fountain. At the end of the pool was a 12 seat Jacuzzi. Click Here for a layout of the resort during this era Flamingo 1987 In 1987, Flamingo had a role in several episodes of the TV show Crime Story. In 1988, Flamingo Hilton made an appearance in the movie, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. During this year, Flamingo showcased the musical City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased Jonathan and Music Magic/Second Wind, Mood, Then & Now, Bobby Glen, Sonny Turner/Jay Ramsey, and Bruce Zarka. Also in 1988, City Lites illusionist Joseph Gabriel was invited to perform for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan at the nationally televised Festival at Ford's Theater. Gabriel also appeared on The Smothers Brothers Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and The Merv Griffin Show. Siegel's prized roses and his memorial which was taken around 1988 In 1990, Flamingo added another tower bringing their room total to 3,530. During this year she showcased City Lites. Casino Lounge showcased In the Mood/Triple Play, Santa Fe Fontaine & Davis, and Sonny Turner. In 1992, Flamingo showcased City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased live entertainment daily. In 1993, Hilton razed the Siegel suite and outmoded motel styled buildings containing 489 low-rise garden rooms. Showcased during this year was City Lites. In 1994, Hilton constructed two $104 million, 612 room towers containing 201 suite time shares. The tower is named Hilton Grand Vacations. The final room count, including hotel and vacation ownership suites is 3,638. The Flamingo made a mark in history with the Hilton Grand Vacations as this being the first timeshare project in Las Vegas to be built on the grounds of a major hotel. The buildings are done in an art-deco style, a look that is popular throughout southern Florida. Every unit has a view of the pools and garden area. The property is managed by Hilton Grand Vacations Company, a joint venture between Hilton Hotels Corporation and Grand Vacations Limited, but Flamingo employees maintain the timeshare units on a day-to-day basis. The majority of the units are two bedroom, with 900 square feet of area. About 35% are one bedroom, with about 400 square feet of area. "The building design and color is a real complement to the hotel. The interiors are all done in soft colors, like mauve and buff, and are equipped with high-end furniture, china, silver, and linens. It's not taking very long to sell these out. Mark my words, these units are selling like the proverbial hot cakes." - Andrew Kerr, Project Director Other special amenities include overside Jacuzzi bathtubs, and on-command televisions, which feature access to more than 250 movies at a time. All units also have dishwashers and laundry rooms. Also during this year, Flamingo opened its Wildlife Habitat consisting of 12 flamingos, 12 penguins, several swans, a few parrots, and a couple of ducks. In 1994, Showroom showcased City Lites. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased American Superstars. On February 1, 1995, Flamingo introduced their new show The Great Radio City Spectacular starring Susan Anton. In the beginning of 1995, Bodil Adkison dropped three coins into the dollar Flamingo Gold machine and instantly became a millionaire, winning $1,014,443. Ironically, her husband had gone to bed earlier and told her not to wake him up unless she won more than $5,000. When she called him, he thought it was a joke. In the end of 1995, Jay Leno brought The Tonight show to MGM Grand. The show went live by satellite feed to the Flamingo where Wayne Kotter, performing at the Improv at Harrah's was acting as a Tonight Show correspondent. Stationed behind a blackjack table, it was Kotter's duty to pick an onlooker from the crowd to play the game, which entailed both Kotter and the player each cutting a deck of cards. If the card the player cut was higher than the one Kotter cut, the player received a Tonight Show t-shirt. If it was lower, the guy loses his shirt to The Tonight Show. More information on the show can be found at the MGM page. In 1995, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring the Rockettes. The 200 seat Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Twist n' Shout: The Ultimate Beatles Revue, and opened its Forever Plaid. Written, directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, Forever Plaid mixed humor with nostalgia to tell the story of four nerdy young men with dreams of fame and fortune who are killed in a crash before they have a chance to see those dreams come true. Cosmic forces conspire to bring them all back one more time for one last taste of glory. In 1996, the Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular, and Robert Goulet in Concert. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. In 1997, British Broadcast Company filmed the number one talk show in Britain, Mrs. Merton at the resort. Stars interviewed were Tony Curtis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bo Derek, and Patrick Duffy. The BBC had brought 50 senior Brits to be on stage with 50 Americans on stage to participate. Also during this year the Peking Market restaurant re-opened. Flamingo spent $1.5 million renovating the restaurant including teak paneling, carved antiques, a huge seawater aquarium, and plush booths. In December of 1998, Park Place Entertainment Corporation became a separate and independent public company resulting from the split of the lodging and gaming operations of Hilton Hotels Corporation through a tax-free distribution of Hilton's gaming division to its stockholders. In this split, Flamingo, Bally's, and Las Vegas Hilton became the property of Park Place. Hilton shareholders were given 1 share of Park Place for each share of Hilton they owned. Park had use of the Hilton name for three years. In 1998, the Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. Sunset Ballroom showcased Kenny Rogers. December 28, 1999 marked the 3,000th performance of The Great Radio City Spectacular. In 1999, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. Sunset Ballroom showcased The Oak Ridge Boys. WILDLIFE HABITAT The Habitat was part of the Flamingo's $130 million renovation and expansion. African penguins, Chilean Flamingos, ducks, swans, Koi and goldfish are all residents of the Habitat. The 15 acre Caribbean-themed foliage and water playground sits in view of the 550 seat Paradise Garden Buffet, but anyone can wander through the Habitat. Hotel officials are also considering bringing cranes and some marsupials, such as wallabies, into the resort. The Habitat is under the watchful eye of Wildlife Manager Robin Matos who left a similar position at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to guide the Flamingo through this exploration into husbandry. "This kind of exhibit is very popular at Hilton Hawaiian Village. It's a very beautiful setting, and the guests really enjoy it. But our firm concern is the birds and other animals. We want to make sure we provide as healthy and comfortable a habitat as is possible - or we wouldn't do it." - Robin Matos FLAMINGOS Watching the Chilean Flamingos is like watching fans at a tennis match. Right, left, right, left. With uncanny precision, these magnificent plumed flamingos stand in formation and sweep their pink and black beaks back and forth, obeying some in-bred command whose meaning only they comprehend. Sometimes they'll "march" in formation or they'll all suddenly hitch their wings back from their chests, saluting their audience. The flamingos live on an island surrounded by a moat and live on a diet of shrimp. The shrimp is ground into a fine and ugly black powder. The areas where the flamingos come from have similar temperatures. They're native to South America, the wetlands of Chile. They're not very comfortable in the cold, so heat lamps are always kept on hand for the sometimes chilly Las Vegas winters. "Flamingos are rather stand-offish birds, a very hardy species that pretty much disdains the folks who will be watching them. In fact, they're not all that fond of each other, truth be told. They're like chickens. They have a pecking order, with a 'head bird.' You'll see some antagonistic behavior toward each other, they are crabby towards each other, but they won't hurt each other, either. And they don't crave human company, but they are somewhat respectful. They have their own personal space and they don't like to see that violated." - Robin Matos PENGUINS Every day at 8:25am, and 2:55pm, out at the penguin compound behind the Flamingo, 14 dozing African penguins snap to attention at the arrival of Matos for their feeding. They rush across the rocks for their daily diet of smelt, codfish, and herring. Matos sits cross-legged, a silver bucket full of small scaly fish next to her, and doles out breakfast and dinner. Matos' hands bear scratches and scars from dealing with the penguins and 10 live flamingos that reside at the Flamingo. "There's one that makes a hissing noise all the time I'm out there feeding them, so I make sure he gets his share." - Robin Matos These little birds are quite different. One is hand-raised and the most pettable. Another should be tame but isn't. One is ornery while another is shy and has a bald spot on his head meaning that somewhere along the way he scraped himself pretty badly. Yet another sports a white beak and white feet, the result of a minor genetic defect. Stuart draws much attention. As visitors stop and stare at the penguins, Stuart stands and stares at the people (who is really entertaining who?) Klondike was born in 1997 to parents Norton and Squirt and was the first baby penguin born in the hotel's Habitat. A year later, he had a brother and sister - Mango and Tiger. Penguin parents stay with their kids for six to eight weeks, and in that period of time they feed them as other birds feed their young, with regurgitated food. Penguins lay two eggs at a time, and both parents take turns incubating the eggs. But, as he did with Klondike, it was daddy Norton who was the more nurturing of the two parents. After the babies started leaving the nest, it was time to bring them into the compound because their feathers had not developed enough and they would have drowned if they'd fallen into the pond. When Matos tried to retrieve the infants, Norton turned fiercely protective at first. In fact, it was Norton who built what might have been the world's biggest penguin nest by scurrying around to other penguins'' nests and swiping their materials. But as soon as the babies were gone, Norton too lost interest. "Norton was a thief. By the time he was through raiding everyone else's palm fronds, his nest was eight inches high." - Robin Matos Ranging in age from a year and a half to 21 years, the penguins weigh between five to seven pounds. Shorter than their Antarctic cousins, they are actually native to Africa and feel right at home in the desert heat surrounded by their moat of cold water. The penguins love the water, bobbing in and around the bubbles and the waterfalls like tiny black-and-white corks. "They only had a small pool at the Honolulu Zoo, where they were before. Now they must think they're in the ocean." - Robin Matos The penguins too have their own language. For instance, consider what a penguin must go through just to get to their nest. Because penguin nests are so densely populated, each penguin as to waddle through several other nests to get back to his own. The owners of those nests would not take kindly to such a rude intrusion. In fact, they're likely to snap at him. The penguin bows his wings, tucks his chin into his chest, and hurries through. No one bothers him because he is simply saying "Sorry, so sorry, just want to go home." The Habitat is equipped with a misting system that can bring the temperatures down 20 degrees if necessary, and signs outside the moats remind visitors that the penguins come from a much warmer climate than is usually associated with the birds so they're not suffering in the heat. Because of their homeland, they never evolved to "toboggan" such as their South Pole natives, nor do they carry as much blubber. "They're used to temperatures that are extremely hot and water that is very cold. You'll notice there are bare patches around their eyes that help dissipate the heat. "Normally, they do mate for life but there are affairs, and there are divorces. Our priority is to make sure the exhibits are set up properly and that the animals thrive. We don't want to 'just' take care of them. We want our guests to say 'When I die, I want to come back as a Flamingo Hilton penguin." - Robin Matos The President of the Flamingo is Anthony F. Santo. The 38 year old hotelier began his career at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1981, holding various positions there before being named Vice President of hotel operations at the Flamingo Reno. Santo was then promoted to Vice President/General Manager at the Reno Hilton, and held the same position at the Flamingo Las Vegas before leaving again, to assume the presidency of both the Reno Hilton and Flamingo Hilton Reno. Santo, who has a Bachelor of Science in hotel administration from UNLV, returned to the Flamingo to guide the resort into the next century. In 1998, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring alternatively Susan Anton and Paige O'Hara (singing voice of Oscar-winning Beauty and the Beast). Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. In September of 1999, Park decided to remove the name "Hilton" from the Flamingo name. This is definitely a reminder for all collectors to keep their Flamingo Hilton items as they are no longer being made. New Flamingo Logos Oct. 1999 The third lady of the Strip has grown up and is proving to be a successful competitor with the new megaresorts. (Would Siegel want it any other way for his lady?) The front of the resort contains glass walls, graceful columns and a row of tall, sheltering trees. The back contains two Olympic size swimming pools, one kids' pool, two Jacuzzis, several waterfalls, and meandering streams and lagoons. A waterslide branches off to empty into three separate pools. Cocktail service is available and the Pool Grille is open seasonally. There are also four night-lighted championship tennis courts available to visitors, together with a complete Pro Shop, a practice court, and a tennis pro for lessons. "Tennis is such a popular game anywhere the weather is as beautiful as it is here, and we knew we had to bring back our tennis courts as soon as possible. We have something for everyone, those who want to hone their skills and those who just want to enjoy themselves." - John McCauley, Tennis Pro Out of the 3,638 rooms, there are 1,104 non-smoking rooms, two Super-Suites, 24 Luxury Parlors, 150 Mini Suites, 126 rooms that are equipped to accommodate guests with special needs, and six Conference Suites. Children are free regardless of their age when they are in the same room as their parents. The casino is 70,000 square feet with a spacious Race and Sports Book. The casino contains 2,100 slot machines, and 64 table games including progressive Keno, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Double-Down Stud, Blackjack and a traditional Poker Parlor. The Race and Sports Book features individual color TV monitors and no limit pari-mutual wagering from early morning to late night. Thoroughbred racing from New York, Hollywood Park, Arlington, Meadowlands, Santa Anita, Hialeah, Pimlico and many others are available seven days a week. The Sports Book offers new projection screens devoted to sports, and a brand-new satellite system. Wagering is available on professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and all major collegiate sports. Flamingo was offering the largest Super Q in the state. Every Wednesday through Friday Super Q gives players the opportunity to win $3,000 or more for just a $2 wager - Saturdays and Sundays the Super Q jackpot is a minimum of $5,000. The Sunset Ballroom meeting space is 25,000 square feet containing rows of rainbow-hued chandeliers and is located on the third floor of the resort. It has hosted special events such as concerts given by Melissa Manchester and Roy Clark. It can also be broken up to three entirely separate areas. This area can handle groups as small as 20 or as large as 2,400. Conference parlors have been created to comfortably accommodate groups of 10 or less. The Flamingo Room now restaurant which seats 320, featuring American and Continental cuisine; The Beef Barron Restaurant has been replaced with the old English themed Conrad's which seats 190; The Peking Market seats 174 and contains polished teakwood, darkly wooded walls and artifacts reflecting the great dynasties of decades long passed. The Market also contains an 800 gallon seawater aquarium; Alta Villa which seats 214 serves authentic Italian cuisine in a quaint old-world atmosphere; Hamada of Japan seats 174 and services authentic Japanese Steak and Sushi which is cooked at the diner's table; Lindy's Coffee Shop seats 294 serving deli sandwiches and specialities; Pool Bar & Grille seats 100 indoor and 60 on Terrace and serves appetizers and light lunches; and Bugsy's Deli for the deli lovers. The Flamingo Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring the eye-high Radio City Rockettes. The show alternated stars Marlene Ricci, whose powerful voice endeared her to the late Frank Sinatra; Paige O'Hara who was the voice of "Belle" in the Oscar-winning Disney hit "Beauty & The Beast"; singer/dancer/actress Susan Anton who opened the show; Rip Taylor who is often unpredictable and always hilarious; or the dancing sensation and show director/choreographer Maurice Hines. For those who love humor and juggling, there is Nino Frediani, a veteran entertainer who has a loyal following. For fans of the prestidigitation, there was master magician Tim Kole, who makes the improbable possible. The showroom capacity is 740 with 600 on the main floor and 140 on the balcony. Flamingo also had the only remaining dinner show with the Radio City Spectacular playing at 7:45pm nightly except for Fridays. Every holiday season the Radio City Rockettes performed a special show which included segments such as The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and The Christmas Waltz. The resort also contains the Garden Wedding Chapel which has united over 10,000 lovebirds in the quiet sanctuary surrounded by waterfalls and lush foliage. "You can't find anything like this anywhere in Las Vegas. We have created a paradise for lovers." - Anthony Santo, President The Chapel can accommodate up to 65 guests, as well as a stunning outdoor gazebo. A variety of ceremony and reception packages are available as well a professional staff of bridal consultants; and indoor reception facilities with a full-service catering staff. The Chapel can accommodate all religious and civil services. Also offered are candlelight ceremonies, floral packages, photograph and video services, tuxedo and gown rental referrals, dressing rooms, and special room rates for wedding guests. Alexandra's Beauty Salon and Barber Shop offers top of the line products and styling for both men and women, which is located next to the Health Spa. Other shops include Alta Villa for Flamingo and Las Vegas logo merchandise as well as gift shop items; The Jewelers for fine jewelry; Cafe Flamingo for exotic coffees and cookies; D'Finess for fine menswear; Flamingo Apparel for womens' clothing and accessories; Time World for watches; Kidz Club House for kids' clothing, toys and games; The Pearl Factory where a person can open an oyster and fish out their own pearls; Mesa Southwest for southwest giftware and crafts; and Promenade Gift Shop for Flamingo logo merchandise and souvenirs, newspapers and sundries (open 24 hours). There is also Dollar Rent-A-Car and Flamingo Tickets and Tours located in the main hotel lobby. The Health Spa is professionally staffed and offers separate men's and women's health club facilities with state-of-the-art equipment including Universal machines, steel barbells, treadmills, steppers, and lifecycles. Aerobics are offered via television. Also offered is dry saunas, steam inhalation, and three Jacuzzis. Post-work outs includes blow dryers, extended mirrors to mouthwash, hair conditioner, mousse, hair spray, deodorant, apricot lotion, Noxema, Q-tips, make-up remover, razors, and shaving cream are offered for a small fee to both guests and general public. For an additional cost the Spa offers two tanning beds, and four massage rooms staffed by licensed masseurs and masseuses. It also contains "The Snooze Room" which is a room with four beds, each covered with a warm blanket and a big pillow. There is also a spacious TV lounge, supplied with newspapers and magazines. The third lady's guests services consist of free parking in their 3,111 south and north garages, professional bell staff, valet service, 24-hour room service, babysitting, cribs, rollaway beds, free safe deposit boxes, message service/voice mail, wake-up service, wheelchairs (with refundable deposit), gift certificates, Federal Express pick-up and delivery, fax machine service, and in-room safes. 24 hour room service is also available with a limited menu between 11pm and 6am. The Great Emilio sits down at the cream-colored Samick piano that sits on a pedestal just outside the Flamingo Room Restaurant, across from the Garden Bar, and people start to gather. Emilio, who is a native of Argentina, began studying the piano when he was four years old and performed in concert when he was 12 years old, won first place in the Liberace Play-Alike contest sponsored by the Liberace Museum in 1993. Great Emilio Scan donated by Bob Kaczmarek In addition to playing for the general public, Emilio also provides pre-dinner entertainment for the early performance of The Great Radio City Spectacular nightly except for Fridays. Emilio also can be heard over the radio waves from his post by the Flamingo Room in a special live broadcast from 9:00 to 10:00pm, Sundays on KJUL Radio 104.3. Darren Romeo who was 24 in 1999, but looked 14 years old, received the World Magic Award for Best Up-And-Coming in 1999, had been contracted to perform in the afternoon engagements at the Flamingo Main Showroom. Romeo's voice had been compared to Michael Crawford's, and he moved from magic to music, usually combining the two, was only 20 when he starred in The Fantasticks. His show also plays tribute to his namesake, Bobby Darin. Romeo began his love for illusion and mystery when he was nine years old when he watched his uncle make a handkerchief vanish. The holidays are for all and the executives and management personnel of the Flamingo delivered turkey dinners, including plates, cutlery, and soft drinks to the women and children of The Shade Tree Shelter for battered families at noon, on December 25, 1999. For New Years Eve Robert Goulet was showcased in the Sunset Ballroom. The party started at 8:00pm, and included dinner, champagne and party favors. Tickets were $225. Copyright©1999 - 2015, Deanna DeMatteo - All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced, translated, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without express written permission of the owner!
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In June of 1960, Morris Lansburgh converted the large Lanai Room into an entertainment center for kids.

On July 6, 1960, it was announced that five men who clung to their minority interests in the resort after a "lion's share" was sold to a group of Florida hotelman for $11 million, received the green light from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The five men were: former midwestern bookies Edward J. Barrick and Sam Ziegman, who had been stockholders from two to ten years; John Gaughan; Morris Baker; and Chester Simms. Their total 12.25% interest was valued at $306,250. The final approved was scheduled for July 19th but the Board indicated there was no problem with this arrangement.

On July 22, 1960, Gary Crosby couldn't perform his show due to a chronic throat ailment. Bobby Darin, who was playing at the Sahara, ran over to cover for him so the audiences wouldn't be disappointed.

In July of 1960, it was announced that a $10,500,000 transfer of 87% interest in the resort was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission to three Miami Beach investors. The Commission gave a green light to Samuel Cohen, Morris Lansburgh (owner of Florida's Eden Roc), and Daniel Lifter to take over a major portion of the Flamingo from the Al Parvin group. It was reported that Lansburgh was an old friend of Myer Lansky and Parvin then paid Lansky a $200,000 finder's fee for having turned up Lansburgh and used the remaining Flamingo assets to set up the Albert Parvin Foundation to provide fellowships for students from underdeveloped countries. (On the foundation's board sat Robert G. Goheen, President of Princeton University, Robert Maynard Hutchins, head of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.)

It was reported: "Five men who clung to their minority interests in the plush Flamingo Hotel this spring after the lion's share was sold to a group of Florida hotelmen for a reported $11,000 got the green light from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to continue as licensees. The five, including prominent former midwestern bookies Edward J. Barrick and Sam Ziegman, had been Flamingo stock holders from two to 10 years, sticking with several different management groups. The other three are John Gaughan, Morris Baker, and Chester Simms. Their total 12.25% interest is valued at $306,250."

Radio Monitor taped a 25 minute segment of their New Years Eve show from the Driftwood Lounge.

In 1960, Flamingo showcased Pearl Bailey/Louis Bellson/7 Moroccans/Mr. Wynn/Alice Grant/Ambassadors/Tapateers; Milton Berle; Ray Bolger w/Dorothy Louden; Ray Bolger/Marie McDonald; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Francis Brunn; Jack Carter; Jack Cathcart & His Orchestra; Gary Crosby; Stan Fisher; Flamingoettes; Betty George; Morris Lansburgh presents Vic Damone; Mitzi Green; Sam Liner at the Piano; Morris Lansburgh Presents Peggy Lee; Joe E. Lewis/Gary Crosby; Gisele MacKenzie/Jack Carter/Phil Foster; 'Jackie Miles; Georgie Tapps & His Dancers; and Andy Williams.

Before one of Ray Bolger/Marie McDonald's shows, McDonald got sick. Instead of shortening the show, Bolger went on for the full hour and a half so no one would feel cheated.

The Driftwood Lounge showcased Jackie Allison/Rocky Gerra; The Aristocats; Belasco IV; Belasco IV Plus One; Tony Bellus; Jack Costanzo; Do-Ray-Mi Trio; The Four Most; Harry James; Philly Duke; Mafalda Trio; Janie McFadden; Damita Jo; Piano Pasha; Jack Ross/The Dick Lane Quartet; Della Reese; Maurice Simon & his Orchestra/Clora Bryant; Town Pipers; Ray Vasquez IV; Sarah Vaughn; Dinah Washington; and Yacubian Four.



The Stage Bar Lounge showcased Aristocats; Tony Bellus 4; Dorothy Donegan; Jimmy Dorsey Band directed by Lee Castle; Fred Estrada Trio; The Four Most; Kirby Stone 4; Los Churumbeles; The Noctunes; Piano Pasha; Jack Ross/Dick Lane Quartet; The Town Pipers; and Sarah Vaughan.

In February of 1961, Jane Froman had to cancel her shows due to the flu. Sarah Vaughan volunteered to help out by playing in a few shows, then Andy Williams rushed over from the Desert Inn between his own shows to help out, then Dorothy Shay volunteered for a few more, with Peggy Dietrick following suit. Dietrick did such a wonderful job that the Driftwood Lounge signed a contract for her to perform there regularly.

Also in February of 1961, David Allen, also of the Driftwood Lounge, walked away with top honors in the Playboy Jazz Singer Poll.

When Lionel Hampton opened in the Driftwood Lounge in April of 1961, he was such a success that patrons and fans wouldn't let him off stage for a solid two hours.

Also in April of 1961, it was noted that Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows broke all records at the resort.

On April 7, 1961, a fashion show was to be held as the official opening of the Flamingo's new Convention Hall with all proceeds to be turned over to the March of Dimes. Steve Allen was Master of Ceremonies while his wife Jayne Meadows did the commentary. Unfortunately, the show had to be moved to the Flamingo Room because of a derailment of train cars.

In May of 1961, it was reported that Vic Damone recorded an album live at the Flamingo.

Also in May of 1961, Maharaja of Mysore (an Indian Province) arrived at the Flamingo and quickly reserved the Flamingo boat for the purpose of some relaxing fishing. However, the Maharaja was so fascinated with Hoover Dam, his short visit was spent solely on that site.

Also in May, the Musician's Unions Jazz Festival took place at the resort with some of the greatest jazz men of all time in a "Five Stages of Jazz" concert. A crowd of over 600 jazz lovers heard Desert Inn's Phil Harris MC the program, and was privileged to listen to such greats of the world of jazz as Lionel Hampton, Charlie Teagarden, Vido Musso, Henri Rose and Bobbie Stevenson, with some of the most accomplished side men in the business swinging in the sunshine.

In June of 1961, Milton Berle played Dad at the resort to a group of children whose servicemen fathers were overseas.

During Mitzi Gaynor's July opening at the resort, Donald O'Connor, Betty Grable, Sid Miller, Julies styne, and Connie Stevens could be spotted in the audience.

In August of 1961, a burley six footer stepped onto the stage of the Driftwood Lounge and immediately the audience began buzzing. The baling young man looked as though he would be much lmore at home on a football field, but when he sat down at the piano and began ripping through Jazz, Classical, Semi Classical works with great grace and poise the patrons ceased their wondering and began clapping. This was Bob Sims' introduction to Vegas.

Also in August of 1961, Lionel Hampton postponed his plans to record an album at the resort. Lionel's wife Gladys was overheard telling friends this was because there was talk of tours for the State Department and the Matson Ship Lines. The government wanted Lionel and his crew to entertain in Korea and Japan during the Christmas holidays. the Matson people had about the same idea except that it would be more of a holiday for passengers and performers alike. This would take Hampton to Honolulu and back with all expenses paid, with the show doing only one performance going and coming. Hampton was in the process of deciding which offer he wanted to accept.

On August 28, 1961, a farewell testimonial party was thrown for Father Richard Crowley at the Convention Center with entertainment from 10:00pm until dawn. Lou Walters and Harry A. White arranged the party, Stan Irwin and Henry Dunn were the emcees, Bill De Angelis was Stage Manager, and the musicians were provided by Musicians Protective Association, Local 369. Those who appeared at the show were Bogadadis Duo, Shecky Greene, The Dagenham Girl Pipers, The Florence and Fredrick Dancers and Mme. Baron's Can-Can Dancers from Tropicana; Arren and Broderick and Don Urban from the New Frontier; The Barry Sisters and Myron Cohen from Flamingo; The Happy Jesters and The Gimma Brothers from the Stardust; Hank Henry and The Madcaps from Silver Slipper; Ray Anthony and the Book Ends and Davis and Reese from Sahara; The Lancers and Alice Lon from Thunderbird; Arturo Romero and his violins and Eleanor Powell from Dunes; Kay Stevens and Mitzi Green from Riviera; Peter Lind Hayes from Sands; and Louis Prima and Keely Smith from Desert Inn.

Lansburgh was responsible for the very successful Miami "Cavalcade of Stars", a program presenting top name entertainment to guests of his five Miami hotels without charge. The program was reported to have cost over $1,000,000, but increased the occupancy rate of the participating hotels.

It was advertised that not only was Jack Carter a comedian, he was also a gourmet cook, and he spoke anywhere from seven to ten different languages.

It was noted that Lionel Hampton and his orchestra were driving patrons wild. There just wasn't enough room to accommodate the fans. "Hamp" had them dancing in the aisles with his Flamingo Twist, a new dance rage that he introduced.

In October of 1961, Della Reese ably pinch-hitted for the ailing Pearl Bailey. Patrons were hoping that Reese would asked to return to the main room as a headliner.

During this month it was noted that Harry James was signed with MCA for 20 years and had re-signed for another five. He was also being sought for guest shots on TV shoes, Wagon Train and Thriller as a result of his top performance on the Danny Thomas Show. James, along with Willie Smith (alto sax) and Sam Firmature (tenor sax) had been nominated for the 1962 Playboy Jazz Poll; and when Carol Channing droped in to catch the Joe E. Lewis/Vic Damone show, the gentlemen kept her waiting. Vic lost his shoes and it took 15 minutes beyond curtain time for the personnel to locate them for the singer.

In November of 1961, it was announced that Morris Lansburg was planning a New Year's Eve party to take care of the crowds who were "unable to gain entrance to hotel shows because of the many thousands of extra guests bent on a thrilling holiday in this glittering setting."

In December of 1961, The Twist debuted at the Flamingo and showed up in droves to try out the new dance. The band who decided to introduce was Tommy Roba & The Pepperpots.

On December 22, 1961, Candlelight Room hosted the opening night party for Mitzi Gaynor. Most of the approximately 60 people in attendance were celebrities appearing on the Strip plus Rossano Brazzi, Yves Montand, and Producer Ross Hunter.

In December of 1961, employees listed included Buddy Banner/Sam Belkin/Artie Newman - Casino; Dick Odessky - Publicity/Advertising; Lyle Thayer - Entertainment Director (replacing Dave Victorson in September 1961); Tony DeCarlo - General Manager; Morris Lansburgh - Owner; Alice Freeman - Secretary to Abe Schiller.

In 1961, Flamingo Room showcased Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows; Pearl Bailey Show w/Louis Bellson Orchestra/Marie Bryant (choreographed, produced & directed by Pearl Bailey); Barry Sisters; Richard Behrike; Polly Bergen; Milton Berle/Betty George; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Lottie Brunn; Jack Carter Show; Myron Cohen/Bobby Darin; Vic Damone; The Dunhills; Flamingoettes featuring Don Kirk(choreography by Barry Ashton); Mitzi Gaynor Show; Betty Grable; Frank Gorshin; La Scala Quartet; Joe E. Lewis/Vic Damone w/Austin Mack at the Piano; Juliet Prowse; Della Reese; Dick Shawn; and Leonard Sues.

The Driftwood Lounge showcased David Allen; Norman Brooks; Ken Coleman; Don Cornell; Crew Cuts; Peggy Dietrick; Encores; Jane Froman; Terry Gibbs; Earl Grant;Lionel Hampton; Ann Henry; Harry James; Eddie MacDonald; Chris Pan; Peter & Hank Duo; Della Reese; Betty Reilly; Tommy Roba & The Pepperpots; Bob Sims Trio; Sunny Spencer; Gloria Tracy Quartet; Sarah Vaughn; We-Four; and Windsor Trio.



Flamingo had such a success with her Fun-A-Rama, Morris Lansburgh flew to Miami Beach to institute the same thing at the Fountainbleau for 1,600 travel agents from January 24-28, 1962.

January 18, 1962, was a big day at the Flamingo. Sarah Vaughn and Lionel Hampton opened in the Driftwood Lounge and Bobby Darin and Myron Cohen in the Flamingo Room. Following the second show, a party was held in honor of these stars and also as a farewell to Harry James and Mitzi Gaynor.

In February, 1962, Flamingo advertised 600 new guest rooms featuring suites in "French Provincial, Gay 90's, Japanese Modern, and Old Western motifs." She also announced the new Japanese House Boy Service. With a touch of a button, a patron's House Boy is at their service.

Also during this month, Lionel Hampton was chosen the winner of the 1962 Playboy All-Star Jazz Poll.

From February 7 - 11, 1962, Flamingo hosted their Chinese New Year Year of the Monkey festival. Locals and visitors witnessed Chinese dignitaries from all over the nation in a giant parade. Flamingo hosted the Chinese traditional Lion's Dance, the Dragon's Ball, an All Oriental Show and a fireworks display that only the Chinese knew how to assemble. Included in the festivities was a 22 course Chinese banquet. Myron Cohen and Peggy presented a special show to help commemorate the occasion and Lionel Hampton and his crew were decked out in authentic Chinese costumes with special musical arrangements. All proceeds were donated to the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco.

In March of 1962, Arlene Dahl chartered a private plane to fly top hair stylist George Masters to help her get ready for her opening at the resort.

During this year it was reported that Morris Lansburgh had been a controversial figure ever since he took over for Al Parvin. Even though not explained, the report stated that Lansburgh's activities were such as to almost cause his removal by his majority holding partner, Sam Cohen, who was listed as a Miami Beach hotel operator and gambling bigwig. One person who Lansburgh couldn't seem to bother was Casino Manager Chester Simms. Sims ruled the casino with an iron hand and Lansburgh was warned to stay away from him. During this year Jerry Gordon was listed as Vice President, and Tony De Carlo as General Manager.

In April of 1962, Flamingo was host of a nightly radio show on KRAM titled Night People. It was heard from 12:30-2:30am, six nights a week.



In March of 1962, Fabulous Las Vegas magazine put Flamingo showgirl Lori Field on the cover. The 22 year old was a former fashion model and her hobbies included ice skating, water skiing, and painting.

In June of 1962, more than $30,000 worth of stereo equipment was installed in the Driftwood Lounge for the 21 piece Clebanoff Strings. This would be the first time they appeared in the lounge.

In August of 1962, it was announced that the Flamingo was the first resort to purchase an $8,000 concert grand piano for the express purpose of "enhancing the talents of the great parade of vocalists."

On October 15, 1962, Morris Lansburgh presided over the ground breaking ceremonies for the 200 additional rooms being added to the resort.

When Ethel Merman opened at the Flamingo two people at a table caused extra looking - Judy Garland, and Mitzi Gaynor.

During this time period employees included Max Shore/Buddy Banner/Artie Newman/Sam Belkin/Dempsey Foster - Casino; Carl Goodwin - Bartender; Tommy Nino - Captain of Driftwood.

In 1962, Flamingo Room showcased Ashton Girls; Pearl Bailey; Blackstone, Jr.; Russ Black Orchestra; Nat Brandwynne Orchestra; Myron Cohen; Arlene Dahl; Bobby Darin; Alan Drake; Flamingoettes staged by Barry Ashton w/Don Kirk; Mitzi Gaynor; Gogi Grant; Don Kirk; Peggy Lee/Dick Gregory; Joe E. Lewis/Austin Mack; Ethel Merman; Walter Nicks Dancers produced by Pearl Bailey; Juliet Prowse/The Smothers Brothers; Dick Shawn; The Step Brothers; and Diane Varga.

It was reported that Lansburgh signed Mitzi Gaynor at $40,000 a week.



The Driftwood Lounge showcased Basin Street 6 Plus 1; Brook Benton; Norman Brooks; Bob Carroll; Clebanoff Strings; Nita Cruz; Bud Dashiell & Kinmen; Peggy Dietrick; Tommy Dorsey Show w/Sam Donahue/Frank Sinatra, Jr.; Billy Eckstine; Sam Fletcher; Helen Forest; Earl Grant; Harry James; Lionel Hampton; The Kinsmen; Lancers; The Mariachis; Jerry Murad's Harmonicats; Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers; Della Reese; Betty Reilly; Jimmy Rushing; Bob Sims; Town Pipers; Sarah Vaughan; and We-Four.



Buddy Rich joined Harry James for the last couple of shows.

When Robert Goulet appeared at the resort in January, 1963 he was greeted in his dressing room by eight large mail bags of fan mail.

Lionel "King of the Vibes" Hampton was the subject of a rumor that he and his band racked up the biggest 1962 New Year's Eve gross, playing to wall to wall crowds, and the Flamingo presented him with a deserved hefty bonus. It was also noted that Hampton played a piano valued at $10,000.

In January of 1963 it was noted that Morris Lansburge not only headed the Flaming, as well sa the Associated Hotels of Miami Beach including the Deauville, Sans Souci, Versailles, Casablanca, Saxony, Sherry Frontenac, and the Crown Hotels. He averaged 30,000 miles of travel monthly, shuttling back and forth across the country.

In March of 1965, it was noted that Glen Covington scored his usual top-notch reaction in the lounge. Initially signed to a one week pact, Covington was quicked offered a six week extension which he took just as quickly.

In June 1963, Flamingo boasted that over 38,000 conventioneers from all points of the globe had made reservations to attend 47 separate conventions during the balance of 1963.

In the summer of 1963, Flamingo had a starring role in the Elvis Presley/Ann-Margaret movie Viva Las Vegas. Although many of the indoor sequences were shot on MGM sound stages, the exterior shots were filmed in and around the Flamingo with the Flamingo starring in all the pool scenes. The climactic race scene was filmed from Fremont Street to Hoover Dam and Mount Charleston.

In July of 1963 Leslie Uggams signed a three year contract with the resort. She was contracted to return June of 1964, just prior to her "voting age" birthday.



On November 9, 1963, Bobby Darin recorded his "The Curtain Falls - Live at the Flamingo". He sang not only his signature song Moritat (Mack The Knife), but some of the songs he wrote such as Hello Young Lover, Yellow Roses, and I'm On My Way Great God. He also sings a few songs he arranged for this record including Michael (Row the Boat Ashore), and Mary Don't You Weep.

In 1963, Flamingo Room showcased Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter/Leslie Uggams; Ray Charles/The Raelets; Myron Cohen; Bobby Darin; Allan Drake; Ella Fitzgerald/Roy Eldredge/The Tommy Flanagan Quartet/Joe E. Lewis/Austin Mack; Mitzi Gaynor; Gordon & Sheila MacRae; Mitzi Gaynor; George Tapps Dancers; Robert Goulet/Myron Cohen; Inga & Rolf; Julie Prowse; Bobby Ramsen; Supremes; George Tapps Dancers; The Volantes; Bobby Winters.



Driftwood Lounge showcased Nelson Alexander; The Casuals; Ray Charles; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Nita Cruz; De Fuentes Brothers; Glen Covington; Delta Rhythm Boys; Fats Domino; Billy Eckstine; Gerry Gerardo; Lionel Hampton; Harry James; Michael Kent Trio; Dave Harkenrider; Harry James; Micki Lynn; Mariachis Los Comperos; Freddy Martin/Della Rythm Boyds; Ruth Olay; Della Reese; Bob Sims; Bobby Sherwood Quintet/Phyllis Dorne; Lucky Starr; Gloria Tracy; Bob Sims. Also showcased were Buddy Sarkissian w/Lisa & Ahmad; Fred Elias; Manny Petro; and Cleopatras' Belly Dancers.



It was noted that Fats Domino played SRO audiences nightly and was proving to be one of the biggest lounge attractions on the Strip.

On May 30, 1964, Mel Larson brought the Indianapolis 500 into the resort via the closed circuit route and it was doing a sell-out business.

In December of 1964, some employees listed at the resort included Gene Delmont; Buddy Banner/Artie Newman - Casino; Dempsey Foster; Danny Stein - Casino Pit.

In 1964, Flamingo Room showcased Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter w/Molly Bee; Norm Crosby; Phyllis Diller; Ella Fitzgerald/Roy Eldridge; Robert Goulet w/Jerry Bresler conducting; The Holidays; Kobelt Sisters; Carol Lawrence; Joe E. Lewis; Jackie Mason; and Leslie Uggams.

The Driftwood Lounge showcased Fats Domino; Mitch DeWood; The Tommy Dorsey Show/Helen Forrest/Frank Sinatra, Jr./Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers. Sam Donahue was the conductor; Harry James/Buddy Rich & Ruth Price; Cleopatra's Belly Dancers; Nita Cruz; Bob Sims; and Enzo Stuarti.



In the winter of 1964, The New England Historical Society dedicated a Near Eastern exhibit in the Boston Museum. For the ceremony, they figured it would be appropriate to have some authentic Near Eastern folk music and dancing. Everything went well as they sipped tea to the complicated phrasing of the folk music, but when the dancing started, there were dropped teacups and popped monocles all over the place. The authentic Near Eastern folk dancer was Shamari, the bombshell belly dancer who was performing with the Nymphs of the Nile.

In January of 1965, the Convention Hall co-sponsored the Jazz Salute with Music Performance Trust Fund of the record industry to Vegas Musicians Local 369. Della Reese was Mistress of Ceremonies with co-emcees, Len Howard and Ed Millar, popular DJs. Donations were presented to the American Cancer Society to whom the program was dedicated.

Also during this month, the resort went into mourning when Casino Cashier Paul Lawler was fatally injured in an automobile accident.

In February of 1965, it was announced that Lansburgh ordered three fantastic crystal chandeliers for the casino. Created in the Bavarian Alps, each chandelier contained apprxoimately 100,000 crystals and weighed 2,000 pounds each.

On June 7, 1965, Torris Brand, the relief orchestra leader who appeared throughout the Strip, and I have last listed playing the Flamingo, died of a heart attack.



During this year, Bill Cosby taped his "Why Is There Air?" album live at the resort.

In mid-1965, Buddy Sarkissian of the Belly Dancers, decided to throw a shishkebab party in honor of Mitzi Gaynor and her husband Jack Bean at the Four Fountains Restaurant. At the party, Sarkissian's wife Marie was hostess with entertainment by their little daughter Teena. Joe Kludjian of the Four Foutains supervised, and some of the 28 who attended were Line Rinaud, Frederick Apcar, George Gogian, Leo Chapian, the Nathan Jacobsens of Caesars Palace, Lisa and Ahmad.



In June of 1965, Shamari (Cleopatra) was honored at sort of a birthday part-on-the-run between shows. Despite the limited time, they managed hors d'oeuvres, a huge cake, champagne, present openings, and a full chorus of Happy Birthday. It was noted that Shamari was one of the very few authentic belly dancers appearing in the show.

Also in June of 1965, the audience got more than a regular show when Kari, one of Clopatra's Nymphs popped her bra strap. After the show she joked that her contract called for it to happen.

In 1965, Flamingo Room showcased The Agostinos; Milton Berle; Blackstone, Jr.; Russ Black Orchestra; Sid Caesar/Leslie Uggams; Bill Cosby/Trini Lopez; Gene Di Novy; Mitzi Gaynor & her Four Fellows; Jack Jones/Jack E. Leonard; Shirley Jones/Norm Crosby/Bob Anson's Essjays/Bob LaCrose; The Lomans; Trini Lopez; Barbara McNair; Poncie Ponce/Paula Wayne; Juliet Prowse/The Boys/Myron Cohen; Raye & Roman; Jennie Smith; and The Smothers Brothers.

The Driftwood Lounge showcased Cleopatra's Belly Dancers starring Shamari; Cleopatra's Belly A Go Go; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Nita Cruz; Fats Domino; Tommy Dorsey Show/Frank Sinatra, Jr./Pied Pipers/Charlie Shavers/Sam Donahue; The Fiascos; Pat Ford; Mitzi Gaynor; Harry James/Buddy Rich/Jean Turner; Gordon & Sheila MacRae; Della Reese; Bob Sims.



It was a wonder that any patrons could attend Cosby/Lopez' opening night at the resort since it was filled with so many celebrities there was hardly any room left for "regular" people.

In January of 1966, Milton Berle guested the wives of Vietnam War soldiers on his opening night.

In April of 1966, Shirley Jones brought her young sons Patrick and Sean Cassidy to visit over the weekend and everyone in the audience loved the two boys playing in view while Mom was singing.

Also during this month, Flamingo drained her pool to be repainted. It was reported that it took 173 gallons of special plastic paint to do the job.



During this year actress Sandra Dee treated her son, Dodd Mitchell Cassotto Darin, to his first nightclub show by seeing his Dad, Bobby Darin. Dad brought son up on stage to join him.

Everyone was amazed at Ponce Ponce's show. People were used to seeing him on the TV show Hawaiian Eye. He exhibited a strong voice, perfect deft impression of name singers, played half-a-dozen different instruments, and sang everything but Hawaiian songs.

After Paula Wayne ended one of her songs a ringside lady spoke up quite audibly with "Well, thank goodness! We finally got someone that can sing as well as Streisand and you can look at her."!

The music of Harry James was sent live to NBC and ABC radio stations, direct from the Driftwood Room on New Year's Eve.

Sometime in the mid-1960s, the Flamingo underwent a battle over the licensing of foreign investors. The battle was fueled in November of 1966, when Ukio Kubota, president of the Fujiya Nevada Corporation, which represented Japanese industrialist Kenjo Osano, applied for the purchase of the hotel through the issuance of $3 million worth of common stock. The rule at the time was that American citizenship was a prerequisite to licensing. It was rumored that Lansburgh and his friends wanted to get rid of the resort about the time the government began its investigations of Lansburgh's New York-London charter gambling flights and of his part in Las Vegas skimming operations with Lansky and others.



Also in 1966, the Flamingo Room showcased Charles Aznavour; Amin Brothers; Milton Berle; Russ Black Orchestra; Jack Carter/Barbara McNair; Myron Cohen; Curtis & Tracy; Franklin D'Amore, Jr.; Bobby Darin; Phyllis Diller/Enzio Stuarti; The Dunhills; Ellis & Gayle; Jack Jones/George Carlin; Trini Lopez; The Shiela MacRae Row; Jaye P. Morgan; Bobby Ramsen; Joan Rivers; Royal Quartet; Rudenko Brother; Leonard Sues; and The Supremes. The Driftwood Room showcased Clebanoff & His Magic Strings;Cleopatra's Belly Dancers;Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; Glen Covington; Nita Cruz; Xavier Cugat; Harry James; Della Reese; and Bob Sims Trio. It was reported that Clebanoff's Italian violin was insured for five figures.



When Jack Carter and Barbara McNair opened, they were greeted with a celebrity studded audience including Johnny Carson, Horace Heidt, Willie Davis of the Green Bay Packers, and Shep Fields.

Also in 1966, Flamingo's trouble shooter George Zenzel was credited for the way he handled his customers' problems. People were stating that some institution should decree him an honorary Professor of Psychology.

In December 1966, individuals at the resort included Candlelight Room's Pietro Thomasset Maitre d', and Captains Jimmy Welch, Al Courtney, Mike Venturelli, Gene Wosatka, and Joe Rhaueme; and Dempsey Foster.

In January of 1967, Sheraton Corporation stated they were going to lease the property from the Japanese firm.



In January of 1967, it was noted that French singer-composer Charles Aznavour, making his U.S. debut at the Flamingo, said he would honeymoon with his intended bride, Swedish model Ulla Thorssell, 25, for a week before their marriage at the resort. This was his third marraige and for first for Ms. Thorssell.

On February 26, 1967, Jerry Gordon of the Flamingo threw a birthday party for Fats Domino in the Driftwood Room.

On March 30, 1967, it was announced that the sale was cancelled, citing that Tokyo interests had failed in their bid to become licensees, due to a Nevada law that required that each and every member of a corporation submit for licensing.

The next day, everyone was surprised when Kirk Kerkorian applied to purchase the facility for $13 million. On August 18, 1967, all rumors were killed when Kerkorian was approved as a licensee and through his Tracy Investment Corporation, owned 100% of the stock, becoming the owner of the resort.


Kirk Kerkorian

Kerkorian then budgeted $2.5 million for renovation. He demolished the legendary champagne tower, added a 300 seat theatre with a $50,000 sound system, expanded the casino, and housed it behind a new two-story porte cochere. A glass-enclosed restaurant on the upper floor overlooked the Strip. Martin Stern, Jr., was the architect. The Flamingo started to edge the sidewalk.



During 1967, Henry Gon and Bob Gafael were Captains of the Flamingo Lounge, and Mary Jane Jackson was Entertainment Coordinator.

Kerkorian also changed the entertainment to make the Flamingo a mecca for some of the best pop groups of the 1960s, including Kenny Rogers & The First Addition, and the Spiral Staircase.

In 1967, under direction of President Horst Dziura, the Flamingo built a 28 story tower adding the room total to 1,250.

In October 1967, Flamingo had to cancel its Annual Christmas Press party due to reconstruction. The Party moved to the Thunderbird.

On November 17, 1967, Desert Inn Golf Course was the host for the Thanks for Giving Tournament. This Tournament was arranged by Flamingo Showroom Captain De Angelo and it was strictly a black-tie affair (only one ever held), accepting only maitre d's and Captains. Approximately 60 players teed off and all donations of turkeys, food-stuffs and other prizes given by merchants were turned over to welfare agencies.

Also in 1967, the Flamingo Room showcased Pearl Bailey; Shelley Berman/Florence Henderson; Russ Black Orchestra; Bunny Briggs; James Brown/Flip Wilson/Famous Flames; Myron Cohen; Phyllis Diller/Warde Donovan (Diller's husband); Myron Cohen; Bill Cosby; Bobby Darin; DuVal & Trina; Gig & Ginger; Robert Horton; Frank Jeffries; Jack Jones; The Kids Next Door; Kin & Grant; Jackie Kahane; Peggy Lee; The Lomans; Wayne Newton; Raye & Roman; D'Aldo Romano; Sonny Sands; The Supremes; Caterina Valente; and Jackie Vernon.



Driftwood Room showcased Anthony & The Imperials; Jose Antonio Dancers; Fiesta Bravo; Clebanoff & his Magic Strings; Cleopatra's 1001 Knights; Cleopatra's Nymphs of the Nile; The Dawnbreakers; Fats Domino; Mexican Fiesta; Fiesta Bravo;Jades & J'Adorables; Harry James; The Jets; Mariachi Brass; Mini-A-Go-Go-Revue featuring Ernie Cast IV; The Peddlers; Peter & Hank; Ruben Rodriguez & his Guadalajara Kings; Bob Sims; Lenny Sims Four featuring Dee Springer; The String Brothers featuring Hector Casas; Dionne Warwick; Bob Sims Trio; and Joyce Vonn & The Chasers.

Flamingo advertised ringing in 1968 with the Wayne & Jerry Newton dinner show supported by Jackie Kahan scheduled for 10:30pm with dinner served at 9:00pm. The New Year's package, priced at $30 per person, included dinner, show, an attractive gift for each lady guest and a champagne breakfast in the McCarran Room. In addition to the showroom festivities, a special New Year's breakfast menu was offered in the Flamingo's main coffee shop until 7:00am.

The Driftwood Lounge had continuous entertainment from 2:00pm until dawn headlining the Mariachi Brass, the Jets, and Jade & J'Adorables.



In January, 1968, Flamingo hosted the March of Dimes Fashion Show. Resort President Alex Shoofey was in the audience watching his wife Joan and daughter Teri Lynn model.



Also in the audience was ex-Sahara exec Stan Irwin who was producing the Johnny Carson Show, watching his wife Ruth and daughter Jody model. At the end of the show, General Boyd Hubbard presented Joan Shoofey with a plaque commending her for her efforts on behalf of this charity and the community. Joan was caught completely unaware and left in a very emotional state, unable to present a speech.

On February 27, 1968, Flamingo hosted a huge Mardi Gras Ball with Jay Sarno's wife, Joyce, publicizing the event, and on March 4, 1968, Flamingo hosted 3,000 fight fans to a closed circuit telecast of the big title doubleheader out of New York.



Resort President Alex Shoofey released Wayne Newton from doing his show on May 5th at the request of Cardinal Cushing for a Boston Garden show to raise funds for the burned down Blinstrub's Club.

In May of 1968, the Flamingo Show Lounge opened to replace the Driftwood Lounge. The new stage was reputed to be the largest of any of the other theatre lounges.

In 1968, Flamingo added Keno, Pan and Baccarat to its casino. It also added more table games and slot machines to accommodate her growing clientele.



In June of 1968 Wayne Newton married former airline stewardess Elain Okamura at the resort. Newton's brother Jerry served as best man and Okamura's sister, Shirley Kajioka served at maid of honor.

When Flamingo had its grand VIP opening in July of 1968, Dale Robertson, Cary Grant, and David Janssen jumped on stage and promptly stole the show.

In October of 1968, the resort boasted that her swimming pool was protected from the winds because buildings were around it on all sides. After a $2-1/2 million expansion, she was offering a huge new show lounge, sparkling new sky room, vastly expanded casino, new games and airline ticket offices and a large and comfortable new lobby. Michael Lindeck was the General Manager, Alex Shoofey was the President and Kirk Kerkorian was the principal owner.



The Executive Chef during this time was Helmut Riedner, who, at the age of 32, had been Executive Chef for several months, and one of the youngest men to hold such a position in Vegas. Born outside Hamburg, Germany in 1935, he served his apprenticeship in Duesseldorf, Germany between 1950 and 1953, followed by jobs at major hotels and restaurants throughout Europe. In 1956, with his Czechoslovakian wife and daughter, Riedner went to the U.S. and worked for two years at New York's Rockefeller Center. He went to Vegas in 1958, working at various hotels and at the same time working his way up the ladder to the top position he now holds. He then had two additional daughters and both he and wife became naturalized U.S. citizens in 1967. They also owned their home. He supervised 45 cooks and bakers, and 15 miscellaneous kitchen workers who prepared an average of 3,000 guest meals every day plus another 500 or so meals for hotel employees. He was directly in charge of all food preparation in the hotel. With the Flamingo boasting Nevada's largest single hotel convention facility, he was also charged with preparing hundreds of special banquet meals every week. Riedner's chores, averaged 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Riedner's favorite recipe was Beef Tenderloin Tips Saute a La Tolstoi (serves 6 people).

3 lbs lean denerved tenderloin of beef5 large ripe tomatoes4 oz tomato puree6 oz finely chopped onions1 pt. beef brothsalt1 tbp Hungarian paprika2 oz butter1-1/2 lbs. cucumbers

Cut tenderloin of beef into thumb size strips, saute for several minutes in very hot skillet with butter until slightly browned. Add salt and paprika, add pealed tomatoes which have been cut in chunks the size of the beef, tomato puree, chopped onions, pealed chuck size cucumber and broth. Cover and simmer in medium oven (350 deg) for 45 minutes. Serve with rice or boiled potatoes.(Riedner's picture, bio, and recipe donated by Dan Kubota).

In December of 1968, employees listed included John Thomas, Maitre 'd/Michael Keravin/Manuel Martinez/Frank Plutro/Joe Rheaume/Mike Venturelli/Gene Wosatka - Candlelight Room.

In 1968, Flamingo Room showcased Paul Anka; Kaye Ballard; The Barry Sisters; Shelley Berman; Pat Boone; John Byner; Tee Carson Trio; Myron Cohen; Ella Fitzgerald; Sergio Franchi/Hines; Hines & Dad; Frank Gorshin; The Hardy Family; Don Ho; Tom Jones featuring The Squiers/Johnny Harris Musical Director; Lainie Kazan; Jackie Kahane; Abbe Lane; Lawrence & Carroll; Los Cabrera; Al Martino/Myron Cohen; Wayne Newton; the Juliet Prowse Show starring Juliet Prowse w/Barbara Heller & Vest & Clark; Mickey Rooney; Russ Black Orchestra; Saddri Dancers; Temptations/Myron Cohen; Leslie Uggams; and Caterina Valente.



Considering Tom Jones reputation of heating up a room, Flamingo gave the press licorice candy "fever pills" to combat Tom Jones "fever" opening night. It was reported that since Jones' opening, the resort experienced records sales just after one week. Mrs. Gordon Mills, wife of Jones' manager was amazed as to how much Vegas changed since she was one of the Bluebell Girls which performed at the Stardust in 1959. Jones' first appearance in Vegas was during this year at the resort of where he stayed until 1971.

After one of his shows, Shelley Berman performed again, but this time as a dealer at one of the blackjack tables. When he dealt, none of the players would pass up a hit if Berman had a pat hand.

Flamingo Show Lounge showcased Action Fraction; The Aristocracy; Russ Black Orchestra; Nita Cruz; The Characters; Fats Domino; Duke Ellington; Ella Fitzgerald; Good Time Singers; Lionel Hampton; Jades & J'Adorables; Martin St. James; Dick Jensen; The Jets; Jackie Kahane; Kim Brothers; Tony Martin Show; Mills Brothers; Nelson & Palmer; Wayne Newton/Jerry Newton; Peter & Hank; Juliet Prowse Show; Dick Shawn; Bob Sims; Glen Smith/The Fables; Larry Steele's Smart Affairs of '68 starring the Nicholas Brothers/Ray Victor/Renee Pianzza; Temptations. The Maitre d' was Emilio Muscelli.

It was noted that in one day, Fats Domino put in a couple of hours at Mayor Gragson's office, then he headed for a six hour session of recording new Beatles' compositions. Then without any sleep, Fats was back on the Flamingo Lounge stage sparking fans with his usual fire.

The Casino Theatre showcased the Action Faction; Tommy Deering; The Fables; Peter & Hank; Dick Jensen & The Imports; The Jets; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers; Bob Sims Trio; Glenn Smith; Richard St. Charles; and Rusty Warren.

The Sky Room showcased Vic Caesar; The Deltas; and Spiral Staircase.

At the end of 1968, beginning of 1969, Flamingo's new sign was christened.

"This new sign stands a 130 feet high, making it one of the tallest single support structures in the world. And the reader panel is the largest, freestanding, that is, in the world. It has two miles of fluorescent tubing and 6,000 bulbs, and it's all controlled by the first solid-state computer of its type ever installed in an outdoor display in the world. It is really beautiful, with a rippling pattern which looks like a flamingo's feathers fluttering in the breeze. It cost nearly $500,000. Nicholas Naff, the Flamingo's publicist, has invited me to the 'lighting-up ceremony' and now he introduces me to the hotel's president, Alex Shoofey, a little man in a Sammy Davis suit, who could have doubled for Raft in bolero days. Joan Shoofey, described in the hotel's puff as his 'beauteaous wife,' is to ride a motorized boom 90 feet to christen the flaming's beak with champagne. 'My wife,' Shoofey explains, 'was runner-up in the 1957 Miss America pageant and was Miss Nevada that year.' And the way she looks in the boom seat, mini-skirted and maxi-decolletaged, she may yet win it. As she flies up, smiling into the cameras, Shoofey turns proudly to Nick 'She's going higher than Liberace, and he shook all over the place.' 'She's got real guts.' Nick agrees. Shoofey flashes a lot of white teeth. When the sign ignites, the gallery, made up mostly of employees and their families (Nick's wife and two children are there), ooh and aah their appreciation. And then, as if on signal, everyone applauds, and Joan, up on the boom, throws kisses at the cameras." - Ovid Demaris, 1969

In June of 1969, Flamingo said goodbye to Alex Shoofey who was moving to President of the International opening in July of 1969. His position was given to Jim West who was joined by Burton Cohen who quit Circus Circus as Managing Director on June 30th to join the Flamingo family.

Also during this year, Lansburgh, Lansky and several others were charged with skimming $36,000,000 from the Flamingo between 1960 and 1967.

During this year Jack "Pappy" Walsh who was working as a greeter at the Desert Inn but worked at the Flamingo in the late 1940s gave an interview:

"Mr. Hughes stayed with us at the Flamingo many times and he was always a gentleman. He never bothered nobody and nobody paid any attention to him. He was just another guest. And Mr. Siegel - well, I don't know what others thought of him, but to me he was always a wonderful man. They say he had a bad temper but I only saw him lose it twice in all that time. Once when a guest dropped a cigarette on the floor and another time when some plumbers refused to work on Sunday and Mr. Siegel said, 'You'll work or else!' - and they worked, period.

On the day Mr. Siegel was killed I was supposed to fly to Beverly Hills with him and Allen Smiley; we were going to get some silk sheets for the penthouse, but I told him I'd like to play golf and he said go ahead, or it would probably have been my luck to be sitting on the couch with him when he was shot.

The greatest friend I had in the hotel business was Gus Greenbaum who ran the Flamingo after Mr. Siegel was killed and later moved over to the Riviera. He and his wife were both murdered, their heads were cut off, and everybody said it was the Mob, but who knows for sure?"

In 1969, Flamingo Room showcased Steve Allen; Paul Anka; Gene Barry; Pat Boone; Boyce & Hart Show; Myron Cohen; The Cowsills; Phil Ford/Mimi Hines; Ella Fitzgerald; Sergio Franchi w/musical director Pat Cooper; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Bobby Goldsboro; Don Ho; Tom Jones; Aliza Kashi; Lawrence & Carroll; Lulu; Al Martino; Corbett Monica; Al Pellegrini; Pat Paulson; Juliet Prowse; Jeannie C. Riley/Harper Valley P.T.A.; Dick Shawn; Sandler & Young; Sammy Shore; Sonny & Cher; Russ Black Orchestra. The Maitre d' was Emilio Mucelli.



The Casino Theatre showcased Paul Anka/Myron Cohen; Belle Barth; The Characters; Wayne Cochran; Nita Cruz; Tommy Deering; Fats Domino; Fabulous Blue Notes; Billy Fellows; The Five Platters; Ray Frushay; Virgil Gifford's Country Affairs; Gwinn & Greg; Hassell w/Wisdom; The Hear & Now; Rhetta Hughes; Dick Jensen & Imports; The Jets; Kim Brothers; Gladys Knight & The Pips; Gwinn & Greg; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers/Nelson Sardelli/Dave Barry; Moses & The High Brows; The New Directions; Peter & Hank; The Platters; The Reycards; Ron & Lara; John Rowles; Nelson Sardelli; Skip; Glen Smith/Fables; Sonny & Pace Brothers; Rusty Warren; Slappy White; Orange Colored Sky featuring Lisa Marne. In the afternoons the show Geisha '70 was featured.



The Sky Room showcased The Cascades; The Deltas; Dick Dodd & The Big Train; Chuck Freeman & The Drivers; Renaissance; Shango; Stark Naked & The Car Thieves. The Sky Room advertised having two bands from 5:15pm to 5:15am. There was no cover charge and no minimum. The Entertainment Coordinator was Joan Shoofey.



During this year Tom Jones recorded an album at the resort entitled Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas At The Flamingo. The orchestra was conducted by Johnnie Spence.

The audience did a double-take during one of Wayne Cochran's show when they noticed Elvis Presley sitting with them enjoying the show.

The Candlelight Room restaurant offered steak and lobster, plus seafood cuisine. Complete dinners started at $7.00.

In December of 1969 employees listed included Vice President & Casino Manager Moe Miller/Assistant Casino Manager/Sam Kimmelman/Baccarat Manager Jack Leonard/Assistant Baccarat Manager/Hy Porter/Keno Manager Chet Gonce/Shift Bosses George Chapman/Don Scharer/Mace Sickle/Arthur Haritos/Carl Hastie/James Roush/John Utz - Casino.

In mid-April, 1970, Christian and Marcel Le Bon held their franchised Miss Nevada Universe Pageant in Caesars' showroom. The Flamingo had a repeat beauty queen winner this year, with the crown going to their representative Sherri Schruhl. John Rowles who co-starred with Connie Stevens at the Flamingo presented Schruhl with roses and displayed her trophy to the audience.



On May 10, 1970, Flamingo hosted the Mothers Day Celebration. George Merriweather, Sales Director of Trans World Airlines, presented Hawaiian orchids to all the ladies who attended.

On July 14, 1970, Kerkorian signed an agreement with Baron Hilton for the purchase of both the Flamingo and International. This was Hilton's first venture into Nevada gambling and the lush resort business. The price of sale began at $15 million and ran as high as $37 million cash based on eight times the audited net earnings for the year. Tracy Investment Company, the holding corporation owned by Kerkorian agreed to sell 37.5% in International Leisure Corp. which operated both the International and Flamingo. In 1969, the company had 6,585,000 shares outstanding.

Kerkorian still remained International's biggest stockholder with 2.96 million shares or 44.8%. The company was slated to have five directors - two to represent Hilton, two designated by Kerkorian, and one chosen by the two dominant holders.

Hilton agreed to handle rooms, food and bar management of both resorts. Hyatt Corp. and Gulf Western were originally interested in the buyout, but didn't want to part with all the cash required by Kerkorian. At the time, Kerkorian had large debt obligations under the terms of multimillion dollar loans he obtained in 1968 and 1969, to finance the acquisitions of controlling positions in Western Airlines and MGM Studios. Kerkorian received $5.5 million cash from the dividends of International Leisure in June of 1970, and speculation was that the money went to that debt.

In July of 1970, there was a close call with a security guard strike. The guards had already formed their picket line when management called in the union's attorney and the few in the know mopped their brows in relief.

In 1970, Flamingo Room showcased Paul Anka; Marty Allen;Steve Allen/Jayne Meadows/Friends of Distinction; Sandy Baron; Russ Black Orchestra; Boyce & Hart Show; Myron Cohen; Jerry Collins; Pat Cooper; The Cowsills; Ella Fitzgerald; Paul Ford/Mimi Hines;Sergio Franchi; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Terry Gibbs; Hines, Hines & Dad; Don Ho & His Hawaiians; Mills Brothers; Corbin Monica; musical revue Raphael; John Rowles; Russ Black Orchestra; Sandler & Young;Nelson Sardelli/Dick Shawn; Paul Smith; Sonny & Cher w/musical conductor Harold Battiste; Connie Stevens; and Kaye Stevens. The Maitre d' was Lou Gray. Gray had an appearance in the movie Pepe.

In January of 2003, I asked Nelson Sardelli but the ad seen below:

"I had thousands of T-shirts made with that photo on it. I could do anything..... but walk on water..... that had been done 2000 years ago. I was " The marvelous but humble" I had fun doing stuff like that....." - Nelson Sardelli.

I then had to tell Nelson I really thought he could walk on water, why can't he and he stated:

"I can only walk on water if it is frozen .... I actually only recall one Man who was able to do that Act...... but his peers crucified him...... Showbusiness envy, I guess." - Nelson Sardelli (one of these days I'll be able to top him in comments!!)



Brigitte Elsner who was one of Don Ho's Hawaiians, had her picture taken on the Flamingo's grounds.



Autograph hopefuls hung around after Connie Stevens' show when Astronaut Neil Armstrong was spotted in the audience.

Bob Hope stopped by Connie Stevens' opening show on April 9, 1970, and helped introduce her to the audience. Hope was on his way back from being the MC at an UNLV benefit. Stevens was one of Hope's troupe entertaining the GI's during Christmas.

The Casino Theatre showcased Jim Bailey; Dave Barry; Belle Barth; The Characters; Choice of Colors; Cirkus; Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders; Fats Domino; Tommy Deering; Jackie Gayle; Geisha; Hear & Now; The Jets; Billy Joe Royal; Kim Brothers; Judy Lynn; Tony Martin; Mills Brothers; Moses & The Highbrows; Peter & Hank; The Platters; Glenn Smith & The Fables; Salt & Pepper & Spice of Life; Nelson Sardelli; Skip; Glenn Smith & The Fables; Sonny & The Pace Brothers/Willie & The Magnificents; St. Paul Sisters; Treniers; Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band; Rusty Warren; and Diane Wisdom/Trish Turner.



The Sky Room showcased The Cascades; July Tree; Mobius Loop; Stilroc; Stark Naked & The Car Thieves; St. Clair; and Stony Brook People. While Jim Bailey was doing his impersonation of Phyllis Diller, patrons looked around the room to see the authentic Diller sitting in the audience, enjoying Bailey's show immensely.

In March of 1971, a slight discrepancy occurred regarding the word "sexy" being dropped from John Rowles' billing. The reason? It was stated that in Vegas' business of show and tell the "sexy" line denoted another skin-tight-outfitted sexpot trying to wiggle out of his seams. Rowles was labeled as having a brilliant voice, as well as having constant warmth and a delightful personality. His manager Kimo McVay suggested Passionate Polynesian and it was under consideration. The reason?

On Rowles' opening night, 41 celebrities were counted in the showroom including Adam West, Tippi Hedron, Ruth Buzzi, Christine Jorgensen, Lois Nettleton, Edie Adams, Sammy Shore, Robert Lansing, and Angel Tompkins.

In 1971, the name was formally changed to the Flamingo Hilton.



". . . Antoine Domino has always had music in his life. His father played with such legends an Kid Ory and Oscar Celestin. When Fats was 10 he was playing for pennies at local bars in New Orleans. He hurt his hand in an accident and rel-learned to play the piano. He built a reputation among local musicians and it wasn't long before a talent scout heard him and signed him to a recording contract. As they say, the rest is musical history. Fats made his name and fortune in the early stages of rock 'n roll but few know that he is recognized as a fine jazz-blues pianist. Effortlessly, Fats guides his group into 60 minutes of 1950's nostalgia and throws in today's bag just to show he knows. I can remember the first time the Flamingo brought him in. Everyone said Fats would bomb . . that a gambling crowd would not sit still to listen to R&R. Man, were they wrong. He packed them in then and still does to this day. Antoine, long may you wail!" - Bob Joyce, September, 1971

In December of 1971, employees listed included Moe Miller - Vice President/Casino Manager; Charles Resnik - Administrative Executive; Jack Leonard - Credit Office; Hy Porter - Credit Office; Vern Bernon - Baccarat; Nate Balor - Assistant Baccarat Manger; Mike Mottus - Slot Manager; Chet Gonce - Keno Manager; George Chapman/Don Scharer/George DeVerell/Mace Sickle/Arthur Haritos/Carl Hastie/James Roush/John Utz - Keno Shift Bosses.

In 1971, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Kevin James; Marty Allen/John Rowles; Russ Black Orchestra; Checkmates, Ltd; Brother Love; Myron Cohen; Pat Cooper; Ella Fitzgerald; Phil Ford/Mimi Hines; Sergio Franchi; Sergio Franchi/Corbett Monica; Sergio Franchi/Lonnie Shorr; Hines & Dad; Don Ho w/Robin Wilson; Jack Jones; Kim Brothers; Corbett Monica; Paul Lowden Orchestra; John Rowles; Sandler & Young/Pat Cooper; Dick Shawn; Lonnie Shorr; Skiles & Henderson; Connie Stevens Show; Leslie Uggams; Robin Wilson. The Maitre d' was Ralph Greco.

During Connie Stevens' opening night people in the audience saw Jan Murray, Frankie Avalon, Poncie Ponce, and John Rowles. Dick Shawn was Stevens' first week co-star.

The Casino Theatre showcased Jim Bailey/Taf Arnold; Belle Barth;Bottoms Up; Sonny Charles; Wayne Cochran & his C.C. Riders; Okie Duke; Fats Domino; Phil Flowers; Arlene Fontana; Jackie Gayle; Don Ho; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; Kim Brothers; B.B. King/Treniers/Brother Love; Judy Lynn; Charlie Manna; Mills Brothers; Tony Martin; Tony Martin/The Platters/Vin Cardinal; New Directions; Maori Quin; St. Paul Sisters; Billy Joe Royal; Nelson Sardelli; Glenn Smith/The Fables; Society of Seven; Connie Stevens; Sun Spots; The Treniers; Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band; and Rusty Warren. In the afternoons, the Breck Wall/Joe Peterson's musical Bottoms Up was showcased.

The Sky Room showcased Mobius Loop. In mid 1971, the Sky Room was transformed to the Speakeasy and showcased Kirk Stuart.





Jim Seagrave sent invitations for the opening of the Speakeasy. Arriving wrapped around a solid red brick the note read "Big Nick says he'd like youse to attend the V.I.P. opening of the Speakeasy Restaurant and Saloon in the Flamingo Hotel on Wednesday evening June 30 . . . I'd be there if I were youse . . . and tell'em Big NIck sent youse!"

Ad were out with Siegel in the peek hole in the door. Flamingo executive secretary Karen Esslinger, copied the picture in the ad.

On November 24, 1971, Connie Stevens hosted a surprise birthday party at the Flamingo for her friend John Rowles. The Treniers' Attarack-MGM album was recorded live at the Flamingo.



Also during this year, the state waited with bated breath to discover what the Flamingo executives would find in Siegel's safe. Oldtimers were right when they said the results would be zero.

In 1972, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Leslie Uggams; Marty Allen/Mama Cass; Checkmates/Bo Diddley; Myron Cohen; Pat Cooper; Sergio Franchi/Charlie Callas; Don Ho; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; Judge's Nephews; Lettermen; Paul Lowden Orchestra; Corbett Monica; Sandler & Young/Corbett Monica w/musical director Leo de Lyon/Pat Cooper; Connie Stevens/Lonnie Shore; and Bobby Vinton. The Maitre d' was Ralph Greco.

The Casino Theatre showcased Bottoms Up 73; Vin Cardinal; Lynne Carter; Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders; Myron Cohen; Leo de Lyon; Fats Domino/Johnnie Ray/Slappy White; Sergio Franchi; Don Ho; Thelma Houston; Sami Jo; Kim Brothers; Lettermen; Mills Brothers; The Platters; The Raiders w/Paul Revere/Mark Lindsay; Billy Joe Royal; Nelson Sardelli; Seoul Sisters; and Treniers. The Speakeasy showcased Kirk Stuart.



Before closing out at the Casino Theatre, the Mills Brothers were surprised by friends who presented each with a set of gold cufflinks, designed in the figure of their best selling Paper Doll etching.

In June of 1972 a story was told about Lynn Carter. Carter's impression of Phylli Diller called for a surprise visit from Diller during one of his New England dates. Diller couldn't taken her eyes off the Diller Gown Carter used. Carter apologized for being unable to give it to her because it was the only one he had for the impression. Next time Carter caughter Diller on TV, she was wearing a copy of his feathered Diller Gown.

In January, 1973, District Judge Roger Foley determined that Meyer Lansky be tried separately from other defendants in a federal indictment charing casino profits were skimmed from the Flamingo in the 1960's to avoid paying taxes. The court accepted a guilty plea to two to five counts from Morris Lansburgh, and continued the trial of 75 year old Samuel Ziegman. The trials of 66 year old Samuel Cohen, 45 year old Jerry Gordon, 37 year old Steve Delmont, and 71 year old Harry Goldberg were still scheduled for February, 1973. Lansky was the only defendant who failed to appear at the arraignment.

On February 9, 1973, Flamingo hosted Mardi Gras '73 honoring the Silver Jubilee of Rose de Lima Hospital.

Also during this month, Harry Guardino was in Marty Allen's dressing room when he announced his and Jennifer Revlon's (Revlon family) wedding plans. After catching Allen's show, Elvis sent a note to him advising him he had a 99 plus rating in the Presley book.

During this time, the Flamingo's Hunt Breakfast Buffet was $2.75.

In March of 1973, Harry Mills of the Mills Brothers enjoying a tea, when he was asked on how it would affect him if the musicians went on strike. He responded:

"How many have been put into the business by artists like us? The Mills Brothers - we're just four boys with a guitar. We wouldn't need a dozen musicians. If they went out on strike, we could go back to the beginning. Many performers feel the same way. They managed with one to three back-up men and could do the same thing today . . . Take Sammy Davis, Jr. He could go out onstage without any music and just joke with the people, tell a lot of stories. There's a lot to be said for the unions but I don't believe in crippling the city and its economy, no matter how strong union sympathy is. It took the culinary union workers a long time to get over the last strike. If petty attitudes persist, you can look forward to the day when there will be a special union for coffee pourers and a special union for water pourers, and a waitress being fined for daring to serve those liquids. There should be no partiality of leader toward musicians. The leader must consider the performer foremost. No matter where one performs, city or state, the rehearsal and first show are beautiful. After that, the musicians do what they want, playing the music as they want to, not the way the performer prefers." - Harry Mills, Mills Brothers

In 1973, Flamingo Room showcased Marty Allen/Kevin James; Red Buttons; Charlie Callas; Chapter One; Mama Cass Elliott; Sergio Franchi; Don Ho Show; Jack Jones/Myron Cohen; The Judges Nephews; Sam Kapu; Jr.; Lettermen/Corbett Monica; Paul Lowden Orchestra; Mills Brothers; Angel Pablo; Sandler & Young; Dean Scott; Lonnie Shorr; Connie Stevens; Bobby Vinton. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane.

The Casino Theatre showcased The Aliis; Vicki Allen & The Image; Bottoms Up '73; Lynne Carter; Checkmates, Ltd/The Raiders featuring Paul Revere/Mark Lindsay; Wayne Cochran & his C.C. Riders; Julie DeJohn; Bo Diddley; Fancy That; Fats Domino; First Edition; Four Freshmen; Kim Brothers; Judy Lynn; Manila Machine; Mills Brothers; Nooney Rickett; Kenny Rogers; Kenny Rogers & The First Edition; Nelson Sardelli; Dean Scott; The Jerry Sun Show; Tomorrow's Sunshine; Liz Torres; The Treniers; Slappy White; S.O.U.P.; Unusual We; Rusty Warren.



The Speakeasy showcased Kirk Stuart.

It was noted that Barron Hilton signed Connie Stevens for a two year contract for $500,000 a year.

During Lynne Carter's tenure, he occupied the entire dressing room that was once used for the line dancers. He needed the entire area for the numerous gowns used in his impressions of famous distaff stars. The gowns were designed and made by Bruno who was famous for his half man-half woman act.

Diahhan Carroll was disappointed when the Hilton brass refused to allow S.O.U.P. a night off so they could perform at her wedding reception.

In May, 1973, The Treniers took a vacation but two days into it, Flamingo notified them that Fats Domino couldn't open, they flew back to take his place.

In 1974, Showroom showcasedDick Clark Show featuring Dion of Dion and the Belmonts/The Dovells/Joey Dee and the Starlighters. Nostalgic skits were highlighted by The Greasy Kids.Also showcased were Marty Allen, Tony Bennett, Charlie Callas, Myron Cohen, Cass Elliott, Jack Jones, Sandler & Young/Tommie Show, Lonnie Shorr, Connie Stevens, Leslie Uggams, and Lovelace Watkins. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane.

The Trophy Lounge showcasedJudy Karp; Mona Richardson; and The Rich Bono Duo.

The Casino Theatre showcasedCheckmates, Ltd.; Fats Domino; The Dovells/Dyanna Whitman; Kim Brothers; Roslyn Kind; Manila Machine; Mills Brothers; Della Reese; Kenny Rogers & First Edition; Johnny Tillotson; Tomorrow's Sunshine; Slappy White/Kim Brothers; and Dyanna Whitman.



During this year the Speakeasy Restaurant & Skyroom advertised BBQ ribs, and steaks & lobsters. All bar drinks were $1.50.


Flamingo 1975 pre-tower 
Donated by Steve Fischer

In 1975, the Flamingo added another tower. It also built another new porte cochere. Pushing right up to the sidewalk, the porte cochere sign was a classic of neon and animation, a three-dimensional goblet of pink feathers waving in the neon breeze. A frieze of rear-lit mirrored Flamingos strutted above eye level. Both additions were by sign manufacturer Heath & Co.

In 1975, Flamingo showcased Gladys Knight & The Pips; Peggy Lee; Connie Stevens; Bobby Vinton; Lovelace Watkins/Charlie Calls.


Donated by Jeff Cross




Miss Grand Bahamas, Meoshi J. Smith, presents Flamingo General Manager Leo Lewis with a special sourvenir conch shell from the Bahama Islands. Smith was awarded the all epxenses paid trip to the Flamingo as a prize for winning the honor. Looking on are Assistant Food and Beverage Director Alan Kronberg, and Smith's official chaperone Carol Dawe.

In 1976, the Flamingo Room showcased Hooray '76; and Playgirls on Ice. The Maitre d' was Frank Shane. The Gold Cup Lounge showcased Bonnie Graham;Melanie; Eiko Shuri; The Smith Brothers; and the Good Life.



In 1977, The Casino Lounge showcased Terry Anthony & The Ryan Express; and Keri Crossman & Company.

1978 picture of the exterior of the resort.



In 1979, Flamingo Room showcased Razzle Dazzle w/Carlton & Co; The Maitre d' was Dee DeAngelo. Dinner shows were $8.95; cocktail shows were $8. Casino Lounge showcased Both Sides Now; Frankie Carr; and Hudson & Saleeby.



In 1980 and 1981, Flamingo showcased Razzle Dazzle, and in 1982 it showcased City Lites featuring Jack Campbell and Rulona Rolland, who were the World Pairs Ice Skating Champions for that year.



In 1984, the Showroom showcased City Lites.


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During this era Flamingo advertised 2,250 rooms and suites. Some suites contained private patios.

In 1985, the Showroom showcased City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased Launi Kristopher.



The Crown Room Buffet was $3.45 for breakfast, $5.00 for dinner, and Sunday brunch was $6.50. Guests had a choice of inside seating or eating on at the outdoor "Little Vienna" patio.



The Beef Baron was decorated to accentuate the glamor of the Old West which specialized in prime rib, steak, lobster, Texas caviar, and a variety of coffees. Prices began at $9.75.



The Peking Market freatured Oriental cuisine served in an authentic market setting.



Flamingo advertiesd the garden area with the focal being the 236,000 gallon heated swimming pool complete with its own island and a towering water fountain. At the end of the pool was a 12 seat Jacuzzi.

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Flamingo 1987

In 1987, Flamingo had a role in several episodes of the TV show Crime Story.

In 1988, Flamingo Hilton made an appearance in the movie, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

During this year, Flamingo showcased the musical City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased Jonathan and Music Magic/Second Wind, Mood, Then & Now, Bobby Glen, Sonny Turner/Jay Ramsey, and Bruce Zarka.

Also in 1988, City Lites illusionist Joseph Gabriel was invited to perform for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan at the nationally televised Festival at Ford's Theater. Gabriel also appeared on The Smothers Brothers Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and The Merv Griffin Show.


Siegel's prized roses and his memorial which was taken around 1988

In 1990, Flamingo added another tower bringing their room total to 3,530.

During this year she showcased City Lites. Casino Lounge showcased In the Mood/Triple Play, Santa Fe Fontaine & Davis, and Sonny Turner.

In 1992, Flamingo showcased City Lites. The Casino Lounge showcased live entertainment daily.

In 1993, Hilton razed the Siegel suite and outmoded motel styled buildings containing 489 low-rise garden rooms. Showcased during this year was City Lites.

In 1994, Hilton constructed two $104 million, 612 room towers containing 201 suite time shares. The tower is named Hilton Grand Vacations. The final room count, including hotel and vacation ownership suites is 3,638.



The Flamingo made a mark in history with the Hilton Grand Vacations as this being the first timeshare project in Las Vegas to be built on the grounds of a major hotel. The buildings are done in an art-deco style, a look that is popular throughout southern Florida. Every unit has a view of the pools and garden area.

The property is managed by Hilton Grand Vacations Company, a joint venture between Hilton Hotels Corporation and Grand Vacations Limited, but Flamingo employees maintain the timeshare units on a day-to-day basis.

The majority of the units are two bedroom, with 900 square feet of area. About 35% are one bedroom, with about 400 square feet of area.

"The building design and color is a real complement to the hotel. The interiors are all done in soft colors, like mauve and buff, and are equipped with high-end furniture, china, silver, and linens. It's not taking very long to sell these out. Mark my words, these units are selling like the proverbial hot cakes." - Andrew Kerr, Project Director

Other special amenities include overside Jacuzzi bathtubs, and on-command televisions, which feature access to more than 250 movies at a time. All units also have dishwashers and laundry rooms.

Also during this year, Flamingo opened its Wildlife Habitat consisting of 12 flamingos, 12 penguins, several swans, a few parrots, and a couple of ducks.

In 1994, Showroom showcased City Lites. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased American Superstars.

On February 1, 1995, Flamingo introduced their new show The Great Radio City Spectacular starring Susan Anton.



In the beginning of 1995, Bodil Adkison dropped three coins into the dollar Flamingo Gold machine and instantly became a millionaire, winning $1,014,443. Ironically, her husband had gone to bed earlier and told her not to wake him up unless she won more than $5,000. When she called him, he thought it was a joke.

In the end of 1995, Jay Leno brought The Tonight show to MGM Grand. The show went live by satellite feed to the Flamingo where Wayne Kotter, performing at the Improv at Harrah's was acting as a Tonight Show correspondent. Stationed behind a blackjack table, it was Kotter's duty to pick an onlooker from the crowd to play the game, which entailed both Kotter and the player each cutting a deck of cards. If the card the player cut was higher than the one Kotter cut, the player received a Tonight Show t-shirt. If it was lower, the guy loses his shirt to The Tonight Show. More information on the show can be found at the MGM page.

In 1995, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring the Rockettes. The 200 seat Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Twist n' Shout: The Ultimate Beatles Revue, and opened its Forever Plaid.



Written, directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, Forever Plaid mixed humor with nostalgia to tell the story of four nerdy young men with dreams of fame and fortune who are killed in a crash before they have a chance to see those dreams come true. Cosmic forces conspire to bring them all back one more time for one last taste of glory.

In 1996, the Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular, and Robert Goulet in Concert. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid.

In 1997, British Broadcast Company filmed the number one talk show in Britain, Mrs. Merton at the resort. Stars interviewed were Tony Curtis, Englebert Humperdinck, Bo Derek, and Patrick Duffy. The BBC had brought 50 senior Brits to be on stage with 50 Americans on stage to participate.

Also during this year the Peking Market restaurant re-opened. Flamingo spent $1.5 million renovating the restaurant including teak paneling, carved antiques, a huge seawater aquarium, and plush booths.

In December of 1998, Park Place Entertainment Corporation became a separate and independent public company resulting from the split of the lodging and gaming operations of Hilton Hotels Corporation through a tax-free distribution of Hilton's gaming division to its stockholders. In this split, Flamingo, Bally's, and Las Vegas Hilton became the property of Park Place. Hilton shareholders were given 1 share of Park Place for each share of Hilton they owned. Park had use of the Hilton name for three years.

In 1998, the Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. Sunset Ballroom showcased Kenny Rogers.

December 28, 1999 marked the 3,000th performance of The Great Radio City Spectacular.

In 1999, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular. Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid. Sunset Ballroom showcased The Oak Ridge Boys.

WILDLIFE HABITAT

The Habitat was part of the Flamingo's $130 million renovation and expansion. African penguins, Chilean Flamingos, ducks, swans, Koi and goldfish are all residents of the Habitat. The 15 acre Caribbean-themed foliage and water playground sits in view of the 550 seat Paradise Garden Buffet, but anyone can wander through the Habitat. Hotel officials are also considering bringing cranes and some marsupials, such as wallabies, into the resort.

The Habitat is under the watchful eye of Wildlife Manager Robin Matos who left a similar position at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to guide the Flamingo through this exploration into husbandry.

"This kind of exhibit is very popular at Hilton Hawaiian Village. It's a very beautiful setting, and the guests really enjoy it. But our firm concern is the birds and other animals. We want to make sure we provide as healthy and comfortable a habitat as is possible - or we wouldn't do it." - Robin Matos

FLAMINGOS



Watching the Chilean Flamingos is like watching fans at a tennis match. Right, left, right, left. With uncanny precision, these magnificent plumed flamingos stand in formation and sweep their pink and black beaks back and forth, obeying some in-bred command whose meaning only they comprehend. Sometimes they'll "march" in formation or they'll all suddenly hitch their wings back from their chests, saluting their audience.

The flamingos live on an island surrounded by a moat and live on a diet of shrimp. The shrimp is ground into a fine and ugly black powder. The areas where the flamingos come from have similar temperatures. They're native to South America, the wetlands of Chile. They're not very comfortable in the cold, so heat lamps are always kept on hand for the sometimes chilly Las Vegas winters.

"Flamingos are rather stand-offish birds, a very hardy species that pretty much disdains the folks who will be watching them. In fact, they're not all that fond of each other, truth be told. They're like chickens. They have a pecking order, with a 'head bird.' You'll see some antagonistic behavior toward each other, they are crabby towards each other, but they won't hurt each other, either. And they don't crave human company, but they are somewhat respectful. They have their own personal space and they don't like to see that violated." - Robin Matos

PENGUINS



Every day at 8:25am, and 2:55pm, out at the penguin compound behind the Flamingo, 14 dozing African penguins snap to attention at the arrival of Matos for their feeding. They rush across the rocks for their daily diet of smelt, codfish, and herring. Matos sits cross-legged, a silver bucket full of small scaly fish next to her, and doles out breakfast and dinner. Matos' hands bear scratches and scars from dealing with the penguins and 10 live flamingos that reside at the Flamingo.

"There's one that makes a hissing noise all the time I'm out there feeding them, so I make sure he gets his share." - Robin Matos

These little birds are quite different. One is hand-raised and the most pettable. Another should be tame but isn't. One is ornery while another is shy and has a bald spot on his head meaning that somewhere along the way he scraped himself pretty badly. Yet another sports a white beak and white feet, the result of a minor genetic defect.

Stuart draws much attention. As visitors stop and stare at the penguins, Stuart stands and stares at the people (who is really entertaining who?)



Klondike was born in 1997 to parents Norton and Squirt and was the first baby penguin born in the hotel's Habitat. A year later, he had a brother and sister - Mango and Tiger.

Penguin parents stay with their kids for six to eight weeks, and in that period of time they feed them as other birds feed their young, with regurgitated food. Penguins lay two eggs at a time, and both parents take turns incubating the eggs. But, as he did with Klondike, it was daddy Norton who was the more nurturing of the two parents. After the babies started leaving the nest, it was time to bring them into the compound because their feathers had not developed enough and they would have drowned if they'd fallen into the pond. When Matos tried to retrieve the infants, Norton turned fiercely protective at first. In fact, it was Norton who built what might have been the world's biggest penguin nest by scurrying around to other penguins'' nests and swiping their materials. But as soon as the babies were gone, Norton too lost interest.

"Norton was a thief. By the time he was through raiding everyone else's palm fronds, his nest was eight inches high." - Robin Matos

Ranging in age from a year and a half to 21 years, the penguins weigh between five to seven pounds. Shorter than their Antarctic cousins, they are actually native to Africa and feel right at home in the desert heat surrounded by their moat of cold water. The penguins love the water, bobbing in and around the bubbles and the waterfalls like tiny black-and-white corks.

"They only had a small pool at the Honolulu Zoo, where they were before. Now they must think they're in the ocean." - Robin Matos

The penguins too have their own language. For instance, consider what a penguin must go through just to get to their nest. Because penguin nests are so densely populated, each penguin as to waddle through several other nests to get back to his own. The owners of those nests would not take kindly to such a rude intrusion. In fact, they're likely to snap at him.

The penguin bows his wings, tucks his chin into his chest, and hurries through. No one bothers him because he is simply saying "Sorry, so sorry, just want to go home."

The Habitat is equipped with a misting system that can bring the temperatures down 20 degrees if necessary, and signs outside the moats remind visitors that the penguins come from a much warmer climate than is usually associated with the birds so they're not suffering in the heat. Because of their homeland, they never evolved to "toboggan" such as their South Pole natives, nor do they carry as much blubber.

"They're used to temperatures that are extremely hot and water that is very cold. You'll notice there are bare patches around their eyes that help dissipate the heat.

"Normally, they do mate for life but there are affairs, and there are divorces. Our priority is to make sure the exhibits are set up properly and that the animals thrive. We don't want to 'just' take care of them. We want our guests to say 'When I die, I want to come back as a Flamingo Hilton penguin." - Robin Matos

The President of the Flamingo is Anthony F. Santo. The 38 year old hotelier began his career at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1981, holding various positions there before being named Vice President of hotel operations at the Flamingo Reno. Santo was then promoted to Vice President/General Manager at the Reno Hilton, and held the same position at the Flamingo Las Vegas before leaving again, to assume the presidency of both the Reno Hilton and Flamingo Hilton Reno. Santo, who has a Bachelor of Science in hotel administration from UNLV, returned to the Flamingo to guide the resort into the next century.

In 1998, Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring alternatively Susan Anton and Paige O'Hara (singing voice of Oscar-winning Beauty and the Beast). Bugsy's Celebrity Theatre showcased Forever Plaid.

In September of 1999, Park decided to remove the name "Hilton" from the Flamingo name. This is definitely a reminder for all collectors to keep their Flamingo Hilton items as they are no longer being made.


New Flamingo Logos Oct. 1999

The third lady of the Strip has grown up and is proving to be a successful competitor with the new megaresorts. (Would Siegel want it any other way for his lady?) The front of the resort contains glass walls, graceful columns and a row of tall, sheltering trees.

The back contains two Olympic size swimming pools, one kids' pool, two Jacuzzis, several waterfalls, and meandering streams and lagoons. A waterslide branches off to empty into three separate pools. Cocktail service is available and the Pool Grille is open seasonally.

There are also four night-lighted championship tennis courts available to visitors, together with a complete Pro Shop, a practice court, and a tennis pro for lessons.

"Tennis is such a popular game anywhere the weather is as beautiful as it is here, and we knew we had to bring back our tennis courts as soon as possible. We have something for everyone, those who want to hone their skills and those who just want to enjoy themselves." - John McCauley, Tennis Pro

Out of the 3,638 rooms, there are 1,104 non-smoking rooms, two Super-Suites, 24 Luxury Parlors, 150 Mini Suites, 126 rooms that are equipped to accommodate guests with special needs, and six Conference Suites. Children are free regardless of their age when they are in the same room as their parents.

The casino is 70,000 square feet with a spacious Race and Sports Book. The casino contains 2,100 slot machines, and 64 table games including progressive Keno, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Double-Down Stud, Blackjack and a traditional Poker Parlor.

The Race and Sports Book features individual color TV monitors and no limit pari-mutual wagering from early morning to late night. Thoroughbred racing from New York, Hollywood Park, Arlington, Meadowlands, Santa Anita, Hialeah, Pimlico and many others are available seven days a week. The Sports Book offers new projection screens devoted to sports, and a brand-new satellite system. Wagering is available on professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and all major collegiate sports.

Flamingo was offering the largest Super Q in the state. Every Wednesday through Friday Super Q gives players the opportunity to win $3,000 or more for just a $2 wager - Saturdays and Sundays the Super Q jackpot is a minimum of $5,000.

The Sunset Ballroom meeting space is 25,000 square feet containing rows of rainbow-hued chandeliers and is located on the third floor of the resort. It has hosted special events such as concerts given by Melissa Manchester and Roy Clark. It can also be broken up to three entirely separate areas. This area can handle groups as small as 20 or as large as 2,400. Conference parlors have been created to comfortably accommodate groups of 10 or less.

The Flamingo Room now restaurant which seats 320, featuring American and Continental cuisine; The Beef Barron Restaurant has been replaced with the old English themed Conrad's which seats 190; The Peking Market seats 174 and contains polished teakwood, darkly wooded walls and artifacts reflecting the great dynasties of decades long passed. The Market also contains an 800 gallon seawater aquarium; Alta Villa which seats 214 serves authentic Italian cuisine in a quaint old-world atmosphere; Hamada of Japan seats 174 and services authentic Japanese Steak and Sushi which is cooked at the diner's table; Lindy's Coffee Shop seats 294 serving deli sandwiches and specialities;

Pool Bar & Grille seats 100 indoor and 60 on Terrace and serves appetizers and light lunches; and Bugsy's Deli for the deli lovers.

The Flamingo Showroom showcased The Great Radio City Spectacular starring the eye-high Radio City Rockettes. The show alternated stars Marlene Ricci, whose powerful voice endeared her to the late Frank Sinatra; Paige O'Hara who was the voice of "Belle" in the Oscar-winning Disney hit "Beauty & The Beast"; singer/dancer/actress Susan Anton who opened the show; Rip Taylor who is often unpredictable and always hilarious; or the dancing sensation and show director/choreographer Maurice Hines. For those who love humor and juggling, there is Nino Frediani, a veteran entertainer who has a loyal following. For fans of the prestidigitation, there was master magician Tim Kole, who makes the improbable possible. The showroom capacity is 740 with 600 on the main floor and 140 on the balcony. Flamingo also had the only remaining dinner show with the Radio City Spectacular playing at 7:45pm nightly except for Fridays.



Every holiday season the Radio City Rockettes performed a special show which included segments such as The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and The Christmas Waltz.



The resort also contains the Garden Wedding Chapel which has united over 10,000 lovebirds in the quiet sanctuary surrounded by waterfalls and lush foliage.

"You can't find anything like this anywhere in Las Vegas. We have created a paradise for lovers." - Anthony Santo, President

The Chapel can accommodate up to 65 guests, as well as a stunning outdoor gazebo. A variety of ceremony and reception packages are available as well a professional staff of bridal consultants; and indoor reception facilities with a full-service catering staff. The Chapel can accommodate all religious and civil services. Also offered are candlelight ceremonies, floral packages, photograph and video services, tuxedo and gown rental referrals, dressing rooms, and special room rates for wedding guests.

Alexandra's Beauty Salon and Barber Shop offers top of the line products and styling for both men and women, which is located next to the Health Spa. Other shops include Alta Villa for Flamingo and Las Vegas logo merchandise as well as gift shop items; The Jewelers for fine jewelry; Cafe Flamingo for exotic coffees and cookies; D'Finess for fine menswear; Flamingo Apparel for womens' clothing and accessories; Time World for watches; Kidz Club House for kids' clothing, toys and games; The Pearl Factory where a person can open an oyster and fish out their own pearls; Mesa Southwest for southwest giftware and crafts; and Promenade Gift Shop for Flamingo logo merchandise and souvenirs, newspapers and sundries (open 24 hours). There is also Dollar Rent-A-Car and Flamingo Tickets and Tours located in the main hotel lobby.

The Health Spa is professionally staffed and offers separate men's and women's health club facilities with state-of-the-art equipment including Universal machines, steel barbells, treadmills, steppers, and lifecycles. Aerobics are offered via television. Also offered is dry saunas, steam inhalation, and three Jacuzzis.



Post-work outs includes blow dryers, extended mirrors to mouthwash, hair conditioner, mousse, hair spray, deodorant, apricot lotion, Noxema, Q-tips, make-up remover, razors, and shaving cream are offered for a small fee to both guests and general public. For an additional cost the Spa offers two tanning beds, and four massage rooms staffed by licensed masseurs and masseuses. It also contains "The Snooze Room" which is a room with four beds, each covered with a warm blanket and a big pillow. There is also a spacious TV lounge, supplied with newspapers and magazines.

The third lady's guests services consist of free parking in their 3,111 south and north garages, professional bell staff, valet service, 24-hour room service, babysitting, cribs, rollaway beds, free safe deposit boxes, message service/voice mail, wake-up service, wheelchairs (with refundable deposit), gift certificates, Federal Express pick-up and delivery, fax machine service, and in-room safes. 24 hour room service is also available with a limited menu between 11pm and 6am.

The Great Emilio sits down at the cream-colored Samick piano that sits on a pedestal just outside the Flamingo Room Restaurant, across from the Garden Bar, and people start to gather. Emilio, who is a native of Argentina, began studying the piano when he was four years old and performed in concert when he was 12 years old, won first place in the Liberace Play-Alike contest sponsored by the Liberace Museum in 1993.


Great Emilio Scan donated
by Bob Kaczmarek

In addition to playing for the general public, Emilio also provides pre-dinner entertainment for the early performance of The Great Radio City Spectacular nightly except for Fridays. Emilio also can be heard over the radio waves from his post by the Flamingo Room in a special live broadcast from 9:00 to 10:00pm, Sundays on KJUL Radio 104.3.



Darren Romeo who was 24 in 1999, but looked 14 years old, received the World Magic Award for Best Up-And-Coming in 1999, had been contracted to perform in the afternoon engagements at the Flamingo Main Showroom. Romeo's voice had been compared to Michael Crawford's, and he moved from magic to music, usually combining the two, was only 20 when he starred in The Fantasticks. His show also plays tribute to his namesake, Bobby Darin. Romeo began his love for illusion and mystery when he was nine years old when he watched his uncle make a handkerchief vanish.

The holidays are for all and the executives and management personnel of the Flamingo delivered turkey dinners, including plates, cutlery, and soft drinks to the women and children of The Shade Tree Shelter for battered families at noon, on December 25, 1999.

For New Years Eve Robert Goulet was showcased in the Sunset Ballroom. The party started at 8:00pm, and included dinner, champagne and party favors. Tickets were $225.



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Walter Dean Myers, a beloved author of children's books, died following a brief illness at 76, according to the Children's Book Council on Tuesday, July 2.

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Actor Meshach Taylor died late Saturday, June 28, at his Los Angeles-area home, his agent, Dede Binder, said. He was 67. Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days, Binder said. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack died Friday, June 27, according to Womack's publicist. He was 70.

Character actor Eli Wallach, seen here in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" as Tuco, died on June 24, according to a family member who did not want to be named. He was 98.

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died Monday, June 16, at the age of 54, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Gwynn, who had 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, had cancer.

Radio personality Casey Kasem died Sunday, June 15. He was 82 and had been hospitalized in Washington state for two weeks.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll died Friday, June 13. He had suffered from Alzheimer's and heart disease. He was 82.

Ruby Dee, an award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, died Thursday, June 12. She was 91.

Former baseball star Bob Welch passed away on June 9 after suffering a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 57.

British actor and comedian Rik Mayall, who appeared in the TV series "Blackadder," died June 9 at the age of 56, his agent said. The cause of death was not immediately reported.

Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo code talkers credited with creating an unbreakable code used during World War II, died June 5 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation President said. Nez was 93.

Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the maid on "The Brady Bunch," died from a subdural hematoma on June 1. She was 88.

Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress, died at the age of 86, her literary agent said on May 28. Angelou was also a professor, singer and dancer whose work spanned several generations.

Australian racing legend Jack Brabham died on May 19, according to Brabham's son David. Brabham, 88, was a three-time Formula One world champion.

Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of "Searching for Sugar Man," died suddenly on May 13, police said. He was 36.

H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist artist whose works of sexual-industrial imagery and design of the eponymous creature in the "Alien" movies were known around the world, died on May 12. He was 74.

Former professional tennis player Elena Baltacha died at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer on May 4. Before retiring in November, she had reached a career high of 49th in the world rankings.

Al Feldstein, who guided Mad magazine for almost three decades as its editor, died on April 29, according to a Montana funeral home. He was 88.

Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins, known for roles in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Mona Lisa," died April 29 at age 71, his publicist said.

Hall of Fame basketball coach John "Dr. Jack" Ramsay, who became a television analyst years after winning a league championship with the Portland Trail Blazers, died on April 28, according to his longtime employer ESPN. Ramsay was 89.

Former Barcelona soccer coach Tito Vilanova, who had been battling cancer, died at the age of 45, the club announced April 25.

Country singer Kevin Sharp died from "complications due to cancer" on April 19, his mother told CNN. He was 43.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who was wrongly convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the 1960s, died April 20 at the age of 76, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera," passed away on April 17, his family and officials said. He was 87.

Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, a giant of salsa music and a Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash April 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to police. He was 78.

Days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment's Hall of Fame, WWE superstar Ultimate Warrior died April 8. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. He was 54.

Comedian John Pinette, 50, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room on April 5. Pinette died of natural causes stemming from "a medical history he was being treated for," the medical examiner's spokesman said. An autopsy will not be done because his personal doctor signed the death certificate.

Mickey Rooney, who started as a child star in vaudeville and went on to star in hundreds of movies and TV shows, died April 6 at the age of 93.

DJ Frankie Knuckles, a legendary producer, remixer and house music pioneer, died March 31 at the age of 59.

Kate O'Mara, the British actress best known for playing Joan Collins' sister on the 1980s show "Dynasty," died March 30. She was 74.

Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the founder and longtime owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, died at age 95, the team announced March 25.

Gwar lead singer Dave Brockie died March 23 at the age of 50, his manager said. The heavy-metal group formed in 1984, billing itself as "Earth's only openly extraterrestrial rock band." Brockie performed in the persona of Oderus Urungus.

James Rebhorn, whose acting resume includes a long list of character roles in major films and TV shows, died March 21, his representative said. Rebhorn was 65.

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Drummer Scott Asheton, who co-founded and played drums for the influential proto-punk band The Stooges, died March 15. He was 64.

Comedian David Brenner, a regular on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said March 15. He was 78.

Actress Sheila MacRae, who portrayed Alice Kramden in a 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died on March 6, according to her family. She was 92.

Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, seen here in 2006, died February 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. De Lucia transformed the folk art of flamenco music into a more vibrant modern sound.

Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, seen here on the far left with fellow "Ghostbusters" Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, died at his Chicago-area home on February 24. He was 69. Other popular Ramis films include "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."

Maria von Trapp, seen here posing with a photo of her family, was the last of the singing siblings immortalized in the movie "The Sound of Music." She died February 18 of natural causes at her Vermont home, according to her family. She was 99.

Journalist Garrick Utley died at age 74 following a long battle with cancer, his wife of 40 years said in February. Utley worked for CNN after his 30-year career at NBC News.

Devo guitarist Bob Casale, known by fans as "Bob 2," died February 17, his brother and band mate announced. Casale was 61.

John Henson, the son of Jim Henson who is perhaps most notable for his portrayal of Sweetums on "The Muppets," died after a "sudden, massive heart attack," his family's company said on February 15.

Veteran actor Ralph Waite died at 85 on February 13, according to an accountant for the Waite family and a church where the actor was a regular member. Waite was best known for his role as John Walton Sr. on 'The Waltons."

Sid Caesar, whose clever, anarchic comedy on such programs as "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped define the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," died on February 12. He was 91.

Hollywood child star Shirley Temple, who became diplomat Shirley Temple Black, died February 10 at her Woodside, California, home. She was 85.

Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on February 3, according to a statement from the family's church.

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said February 2.

Maximilian Schell died on February 1 in a Austrian hospital with his wife by his side, his agent Patricia Baumbauer said. He was 83. Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times. He won in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg."

Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, known for classics such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," died of natural causes in New York on January 27, his grandson told CNN. He was 94.

Ruth Robinson Duccini, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," died on January 16. She was 95.

Former Playboy centerfold Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner there said on January 17. Hensley was 34. Her cause of death was not immediately known.

Hiroo Onoda, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974. Onoda, a former intelligence officer in the Japanese army, had remained on the island for nearly 30 years, refusing to believe his country had surrendered in World War II. He died at a Tokyo hospital on January 16. He was 91.

Russell Johnson, center, stands with Alan Hale Jr., left, and Bob Denver in an episode of "Gilligan's Island" in 1966. Johnson, who played "the professor" Roy Hinkley in the hit television show, passed away January 16 at his home in Washington state, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson was 89.

Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died on January 11 after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.

Franklin McCain, seen center wearing glasses, one of the "Greensboro Four," who made history for their 1960 sit-in at a Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, died on January 10 after a brief illness, according to his alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University.

Larry Speakes, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, died January 10 at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. He was 74.

Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey's poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died on January 9, his agent said. Baraka was 79.

Sir Run Run Shaw, the media tycoon who helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience, died at his home in Hong Kong on January 7 at age 106, the television station he founded said.

Stage, TV and film actress Carmen Zapata, who founded the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts as a means of of introducing "the rich and eloquent history of the diverse Hispanic culture to English-speaking audiences," died on January 5 at her Los Angeles home. She was 86.

Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died from a heart attack on January 5 at age 71, said his former club, Benfica.

Alicia Rhett, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast members of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died on January 3 in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. She was 98.

Singer Phil Everly, left -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo the Everly Brothers -- died on January 3, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.











































































































































































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Taylor made his screen debut in the 1978 movie "Damien: Omen II." He has appeared regularly in television dramas since, including the series "In the Heat of the Night," "Hannah Montana," and "All of Us," according to his profile on the Internet Movie Database.
Most recently, he appeared in two episodes of Criminal Minds. The last one ran in January this year.
During the run of "Designing Women," Taylor's co-star Dixie Carter described him as "a good man who is confident and strong. He's absolutely grounded," according to a profile in People.
"The eldest of three children of two former college professors, Taylor, a precocious child, first learned acting technique as a survival skill. 'The kids called me the Professor, and I got beat up a lot,' he says. 'So I dummied up until I got into the 11th grade,'" the profile read.
"Even when he didn't have any money, he always had style. He was on the cutting edge of men's colognes, and he was always buying yachting magazines and GQ," actor Joe Mantegna told the magazine."

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Question Number 11:  What was the name of Nobel Laureate economist, who died at the age of 93 due to illness in Chicago on May 3, 2014?
A) Qasim Fahim
B) Sheila Macrae
C) Gary Becker
D) Jamie Bestwick
Answer & Explanation: QN 10: Ans) A
 
Question Number 12: Who won the Munich ATP tournament on May 04, 2014?
A) Somdev Devvarman
B) Martin Kilzan
C) Rafael Nadal
D) Fabio Fognini
Answer & Explanation: QN 11: Ans) C
 
Question Number 13: What was the name of former British No 1 tennis player, who died due to liver cancer at the age of 30 recently?
A) Elena Baltacha
B) Justine Henin
C) Severine Beltrame
D) Kim Clijsters
Answer & Explanation: QN 12: Ans) B
 
Question Number 14: Royal Navy Submarine Service of which country has first time appointed female submariners recently?
A) United Kingdom
B) America
C) India
D) Japan
Answer & Explanation: QN 13: Ans) A
 
Question Number 15: What was the name of Slovenia Prime Minister who resigned recently and urged for early elections in the country?
A) Manuel Valls
B) Alenka Bratusek
C) Donald Tusk
D) Mark Rutte
Answer & Explanation: QN 14: Ans) A
 
Question Number 16: Who won the World Snooker Championship title 2014 on in Sheffield, England?
A) Mark Williams
B) John Higgins
C) Shaun Murphy
D) Mark Selby
Answer & Explanation: QN 15: Ans) B
 
Question Number 17: What is the minor’s age to open a bank account and operate independently saving bank account and use other facilities like ATM and cheque books?
A) 18 years
B) 16 years
C) 10 years
D) 12 years
Answer & Explanation: QN 16: Ans) D
 
Question Number 18: What is the name of the author of book ‘A Stamp is Born’, which was released on 6 May 2014 by Vice President of India, M Hamid Ansari?
A) APJ Abdul Kalam
B) Ruskin Bond
C) C.R. Pakrashi
D) Nita Mehta
Answer & Explanation: QN 17: Ans) RBI on 6 May 2014 issued the guidelines to allowed the minors of age above 10 years to open saving bank accounts.   
 
Question Number 19:  Who has ranked no 1 in ICC list of One Day International (ODI) rankings released in Dubai on 4 May 2014?
A) GJ Bailey
B) AB de Villiers
C) KC Sangakkara
D) Virat Kohli
Answer & Explanation: QN 18: Ans) C
 
Question Number 20: What is the name of the writer of book ‘My Years with Rajiv and Sonia’, which has been released recently?
A) Ashwin Sanghi
B) R.D. Pradhan
C) Ramchandra Guha
D) Anand Pai
Answer & Explanation: QN 19: Ans) D
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"(CNN) -- Fred Phelps -- the founding pastor of a Kansas church known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals -- has died, the church said Thursday.
The 84-year-old died of natural causes at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to church spokesman Steve Drain.
Phelps founded Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, in 1955 and molded it in his fire-and-brimstone image. Many members of the small congregation are related to Phelps through blood or marriage.
In a statement Thursday, the church chided the "world-wide media" for "gleefully anticipating the death."

Photojournalist Anthony S. Karen gained rare access to the Westboro Baptist Church in 2008 and 2011. Here Pastor Fred Phelps is seen in his home office in 2011. Phelps founded the Phelps Chartered Law Firm in 1964 and had several notable civil rights cases. He was disbarred in Kansas in 1979. Photojournalist Anthony S. Karen gained rare access to the Westboro Baptist Church in 2008 and 2011. Here Pastor Fred Phelps is seen in his home office in 2011. Phelps founded the Phelps Chartered Law Firm in 1964 and had several notable civil rights cases. He was disbarred in Kansas in 1979.
Phelps leads Sunday services at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, in 2008. Phelps leads Sunday services at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, in 2008.
Former member Megan Phelps-Roper, at the time a 25-year-old law office secretary and logistics coordinator for the church, pickets on Gage Road in Topeka. Gage Park was known to some as a "cruising" or meet up location in the gay community in the late 80s and early 90s. The first protest was held blocks from the Phelps home in June 1991, when, according to Phelps, a homosexual tried to lure his then 5-year-old grandson into some shrubbery The family still protests daily at this location. Former member Megan Phelps-Roper, at the time a 25-year-old law office secretary and logistics coordinator for the church, pickets on Gage Road in Topeka. Gage Park was known to some as a "cruising" or meet up location in the gay community in the late 80s and early 90s. The first protest was held blocks from the Phelps home in June 1991, when, according to Phelps, a homosexual tried to lure his then 5-year-old grandson into some shrubbery The family still protests daily at this location.
Shirley Phelps-Roper, then a 54-year-old law office manager, adjusts a makeshift skirt she routinely wears during pickets. Shirley Phelps-Roper, then a 54-year-old law office manager, adjusts a makeshift skirt she routinely wears during pickets.
Phelps embraces one of his grandchildren following a service that highlighted the evils of homosexuality. The content of each Sunday service was written by Phelps and lasts an hour. Phelps embraces one of his grandchildren following a service that highlighted the evils of homosexuality. The content of each Sunday service was written by Phelps and lasts an hour.
Chapter 18 verse 22 from the Old Testament book of Leviticus is the foundation of the church's intolerance toward homosexuality. Westboro Baptist Church claims to be the only true church and denounces all others. Chapter 18 verse 22 from the Old Testament book of Leviticus is the foundation of the church's intolerance toward homosexuality. Westboro Baptist Church claims to be the only true church and denounces all others.
The church is an extension of Phelps' home, which is in a middle-class Topeka neighborhood. In one house, Phelps raised his family, and eventually the neighbors' houses were purchased, effectively creating a compound. All the houses share a large fenced backyard, which includes a full-size pool and basketball and volleyball courts. The church is an extension of Phelps' home, which is in a middle-class Topeka neighborhood. In one house, Phelps raised his family, and eventually the neighbors' houses were purchased, effectively creating a compound. All the houses share a large fenced backyard, which includes a full-size pool and basketball and volleyball courts.
Phelps at his home in Topeka in 2008.  Phelps at his home in Topeka in 2008. Once an active member of the Westboro Baptist Church, 27-year-old Libby Phelps was asked to leave the congregation and family home in 2009. Libby was considered rebellious as she began questioning hypocrisies within the church, such as members being asked to pray in a form similar to Salah (Islamic method of praying) and calling to God for the death of various plaintiffs in the 2011 Snyder vs. Phelps case before the Supreme Court. The final decision was based on an intervention regarding the wearing of a bikini. The photograph Libby is holding is of her and her sister Sara, who left the church in 2012. Once an active member of the Westboro Baptist Church, 27-year-old Libby Phelps was asked to leave the congregation and family home in 2009. Libby was considered rebellious as she began questioning hypocrisies within the church, such as members being asked to pray in a form similar to Salah (Islamic method of praying) and calling to God for the death of various plaintiffs in the 2011 Snyder vs. Phelps case before the Supreme Court. The final decision was based on an intervention regarding the wearing of a bikini. The photograph Libby is holding is of her and her sister Sara, who left the church in 2012.
Phelps in his home office in 2011. Phelps in his home office in 2011.
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L'Wren Scott, a noted fashion designer and girlfriend of musician Mick Jagger, was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday, March 17, according to a law enforcement official. She was 49. L'Wren Scott, a noted fashion designer and girlfriend of musician Mick Jagger, was found dead of an apparent suicide Monday, March 17, according to a law enforcement official. She was 49.
Comedian David Brenner, a regular on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday, March 15. He was 78. Comedian David Brenner, a regular on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," died after a battle with cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday, March 15. He was 78.
Actress Sheila MacRae, who portrayed Alice Kramden in a 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died on Thursday, March 6, according to her family. She was 92.  Actress Sheila MacRae, who portrayed Alice Kramden in a 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners" on "The Jackie Gleason Show," died on Thursday, March 6, according to her family. She was 92. Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, seen here in 2006, died February 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. De Lucia transformed the folk art of flamenco music into a more vibrant modern sound. Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, seen here in 2006, died February 25 of an apparent heart attack. He was 66. De Lucia transformed the folk art of flamenco music into a more vibrant modern sound.
Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, seen here on the far left with fellow "Ghostbusters" Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, died at his Chicago-area home on February 24. He was 69. Other popular Ramis films include "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This." Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, seen here on the far left with fellow "Ghostbusters" Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, died at his Chicago-area home on February 24. He was 69. Other popular Ramis films include "Stripes," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This."
Maria von Trapp, seen here posing with a photo of her family, was the last of the singing siblings immortalized in the movie "The Sound of Music." She died February 18 of natural causes at her Vermont home, according to her family. She was 99. Maria von Trapp, seen here posing with a photo of her family, was the last of the singing siblings immortalized in the movie "The Sound of Music." She died February 18 of natural causes at her Vermont home, according to her family. She was 99.
Journalist Garrick Utley has died at age 74 following a long battle with cancer, according to NBC. Utley worked for CNN after his 30-year career at NBC News. Journalist Garrick Utley has died at age 74 following a long battle with cancer, according to NBC. Utley worked for CNN after his 30-year career at NBC News.
Devo guitarist Bob Casale, known by fans as "Bob 2," died Monday, February 17, his brother and band mate announced. Casale was 61. Devo guitarist Bob Casale, known by fans as "Bob 2," died Monday, February 17, his brother and band mate announced. Casale was 61.
John Henson, son of Jim Henson, perhaps most notable for his portrayal of Sweetums, a large, gruff-looking, lovable character on "The Muppets," died after a "sudden, massive heart attack," his family's company said on February 15.  John Henson, son of Jim Henson, perhaps most notable for his portrayal of Sweetums, a large, gruff-looking, lovable character on "The Muppets," died after a "sudden, massive heart attack," his family's company said on February 15. Veteran actor Ralph Waite died at 85 on Thursday, February 13, according to an accountant for the Waite family and a church where the actor was a regular member. Waite was best known for his role as John Walton Sr. on 'The Waltons." Veteran actor Ralph Waite died at 85 on Thursday, February 13, according to an accountant for the Waite family and a church where the actor was a regular member. Waite was best known for his role as John Walton Sr. on 'The Waltons."
Sid Caesar, whose clever, anarchic comedy on such programs as "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped define the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," died on February 12. He was 91. Sid Caesar, whose clever, anarchic comedy on such programs as "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" helped define the 1950s "Golden Age of Television," died on February 12. He was 91.
Hollywood child star Shirley Temple, who became diplomat Shirley Temple Black, died February 10 at her Woodside, California, home. She was 85. Hollywood child star Shirley Temple, who became diplomat Shirley Temple Black, died February 10 at her Woodside, California, home. She was 85.
Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on February 3, according to a statement from the family's church. Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on February 3, according to a statement from the family's church.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said February 2. Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent drug overdose, law enforcement sources said February 2.
Maximilian Schell died on February 1 in a Austrian hospital with his wife by his side, his agent Patricia Baumbauer said. He was 83. Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times. He won in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg." Maximilian Schell died on February 1 in a Austrian hospital with his wife by his side, his agent Patricia Baumbauer said. He was 83. Schell was nominated for an Oscar three times. He won in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg."
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, known for classics such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," died of natural causes in New York on January 27, his grandson told CNN. He was 94. Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, known for classics such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," died of natural causes in New York on January 27, his grandson told CNN. He was 94.
Ruth Robinson Duccini, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," died on January 16. She was 95.  Ruth Robinson Duccini, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," died on January 16. She was 95. Former Playboy centerfold Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner there said on January 17. Hensley was 34. Her cause of death was not immediately known. Former Playboy centerfold Cassandra Lynn Hensley was found dead at a friend's home in Los Angeles, the coroner there said on January 17. Hensley was 34. Her cause of death was not immediately known.
Hiroo Onoda, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974. Onoda, a former intelligence officer in the Japanese army, had remained on the island for nearly 30 years, refusing to believe his country had surrendered in World War II. He died at a Tokyo hospital on January 16. He was 91. Hiroo Onoda, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island in the Philippines in March 1974. Onoda, a former intelligence officer in the Japanese army, had remained on the island for nearly 30 years, refusing to believe his country had surrendered in World War II. He died at a Tokyo hospital on January 16. He was 91.
Russell Johnson, center, stands with Alan Hale Jr., left, and Bob Denver in an episode of "Gilligan's Island" in 1966. Johnson, who played "the professor" Roy Hinkley in the hit television show, passed away January 16 at his home in Washington state, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson was 89. Russell Johnson, center, stands with Alan Hale Jr., left, and Bob Denver in an episode of "Gilligan's Island" in 1966. Johnson, who played "the professor" Roy Hinkley in the hit television show, passed away January 16 at his home in Washington state, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson was 89.
Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died on January 11 after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85. Ariel Sharon, whose half century as a military and political leader in Israel was marked with victories and controversies, died on January 11 after eight years in a coma, Israeli Army Radio reported. Sharon was 85.
Franklin McCain, seen center wearing glasses, one of the "Greensboro Four," who made history for their 1960 sit-in at a Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, died on January 10 after a brief illness, according to his alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University.  Franklin McCain, seen center wearing glasses, one of the "Greensboro Four," who made history for their 1960 sit-in at a Greensboro Woolworth's lunch counter, died on January 10 after a brief illness, according to his alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University. Larry Speakes, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, died January 10 at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. He was 74. Larry Speakes, who served as President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, died January 10 at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, following a lengthy illness, according to Bolivar County Coroner Nate Brown. He was 74.
Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey's poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died on January 9, his agent said. Baraka was 79. Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey's poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died on January 9, his agent said. Baraka was 79.
Sir Run Run Shaw, the media tycoon who helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience, died at his home in Hong Kong on January 7 at age 106, the television station he founded said. Sir Run Run Shaw, the media tycoon who helped bring Chinese martial arts films to an international audience, died at his home in Hong Kong on January 7 at age 106, the television station he founded said.
Stage, TV and film actress Carmen Zapata, who founded the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts as a means of of introducing "the rich and eloquent history of the diverse Hispanic culture to English-speaking audiences," died on January 5 at her Los Angeles home. She was 86. Stage, TV and film actress Carmen Zapata, who founded the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts as a means of of introducing "the rich and eloquent history of the diverse Hispanic culture to English-speaking audiences," died on January 5 at her Los Angeles home. She was 86.
Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died from a heart attack on January 5 at age 71, said his former club, Benfica. Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, died from a heart attack on January 5 at age 71, said his former club, Benfica.
Alicia Rhett, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast members of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died on January 3 in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. She was 98. Alicia Rhett, who had been one of the oldest surviving cast members of the classic film "Gone With the Wind," died on January 3 in her longtime hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, a retirement community spokeswoman said. She was 98.
Singer Phil Everly, left -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo the Everly Brothers -- died on January 3, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74. Singer Phil Everly, left -- one half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo the Everly Brothers -- died on January 3, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 74.
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According to Westboro, the church has picketed more than 53,000 events, ranging from Lady Gaga concerts to funerals for slain U.S. soldiers. Typically, a dozen or so church members -- including small children -- will brandish signs that say "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."
Phelps was often called "the most hated man in America," a label he seemed to relish.
"If I had nobody mad at me," he told the Wichita Eagle in 2006, "what right would I have to claim that I was preaching the Gospel?"
Under Phelps' leadership, Westboro members have preached that every calamity, from natural disasters to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, is God's punishment for the country's acceptance of homosexuality. Phelps had advocated for gays and lesbians to be put to death.
"Fred Phelps will not be missed by the LGBT community, people with HIV/AIDS and the millions of decent people across the world who found what he and his followers do deeply hurtful and offensive," the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said in a statement.
"While it is hard to find anything good to say about his views or actions, we do give our condolences to his family members at what must be a painful time for them."
Phelps began his anti-gay protests in Wichita in 1991 after complaining that the city refused to stop gay activities in a public park. His rise to national notoriety began in 1998, when Westboro members protested at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming man who was tortured and murdered because he was gay. Phelps and his church carried signs that said Shepard was rotting in hell.
In 2011, the Supreme Court upheld Westboro's right to picket military funerals on free speech grounds. Congress and several states, though, have passed laws aimed at keeping church members at a distance from funerals.
In 2013, more than 367,000 petitioners called on the White House to legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group. The White House called Westboro's protests "reprehensible" but said that "as a matter of practice, the federal government doesn't maintain a list of hate groups."
Anti-gay preacher once fought for civil rights
Born in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 29, 1929, Phelps had his sights set on West Point before he heard the call to ministry at a Methodist revival.
"I felt the call, as they say, and it was powerful," Phelps told the Topeka Capital-Journal in 1994. "The God of glory appeared." Later, Phelps was ordained by a Southern Baptist church in Utah.
He bounced around several Christian colleges as his preaching and his theology took a hard right turn.
A Time magazine article from 1951 describes Phelps as a "craggy-faced engineering student" who harangued fellow students about the dangers of promiscuity and profanity.
Tim Miller, a professor of religious history at the University of Kansas who has studied Westboro Baptist Church, said Phelps liked to consider himself a "primitive Baptist preacher who held to the old ways."
Phelps married his wife, Marge, who survives him, in 1952, and the couple moved to Topeka on May 4, 1954, the day the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated public schools.
Phelps interpreted that as a sign and soon began a law career that centered on civil rights, winning awards for his work and praise from local leaders.
"Most blacks -- that's who they went to," the Rev. Ben Scott, president of the NAACP's Topeka branch, told CNN in 2010. "I don't know if he was cheaper or if he had that stick-to-it-ness, but Fred didn't lose many back then."
Phelps was disbarred from practicing law in state courts, however, after being accused of badgering a witness and making false claims in court affidavits. The Kansas Supreme Court said that Phelps "has little regard for the ethics of his profession."
Phelps surrendered his license to practice law in federal courts in 1989, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal, after nine U.S. District Court judges filed disciplinary complaints against him.
Most of the members of Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church are members of his large family. Phelps has 13 children; 11 are attorneys. One son, Nathan, is estranged from his father and from organized religion. He is an atheist.
Nathan Phelps posted a Facebook message March 15 saying that his father had been excommunicated from the church. Later, though, Nathan Phelps said it was "unclear" whether his father had been expelled from Westboro.
Westboro declined to say whether Phelps has been excommunicated. A church statement said March 16 that "membership issues are private" and that eight unnamed elders lead the congregation.
On Thursday, the church added, "Listen carefully; there are no power struggles in the Westboro Baptist Church, and there is no human intercessor -- we serve no man, and no hierarchy, only the Lord Jesus Christ."
For years, Phelps joked about the possibility that his own funeral would draw protests. During a sermon in 2006, he said a CNN reporter once asked how he would feel if that occurred.
"I'd love it. I'd invite them," Phelps told the reporter, according to the Wichita Eagle. "I said: 'I'll put in my will to pay your way. But not first class.' "
CNN's John Blake contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/20/us/westboro-church-founder-dead/
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