February 20, 2016   Saturday

I just finished my third interview with Morgan White Jr. on his clear-channel broadcast from Boston that reaches the eastern two-thirds of the country. We discussed the Godfather movie series, and what each film presented that was true about the New York City gangs and the development of the Las Vegas Strip resorts in the 1940s and 1950s. During the first hour, Morgan fielded the questions; and for the second hour he turned the questioning over to listeners.

Morgan White is very familiar with Las Vegas, because he has vacationed here many times, he loves it, and he has an inquisitive mind. He is very interested in the histories of this town's casinos. Ironically, he developed friendships with five Las Vegas casino executives during his visits, and each of these executives had been important to my historical research and casino-management career. Thus, Morgan and I have spent much time on the phone discussing our common interests and experiences. We have yet to meet face to face, but I consider him a special friend. The next time he visits, we are definitely planning to meet over dinner in a restaurant we both like. Thank you, Morgan, for the great publicity.


February 13, 2016   Saturday

What a treat! I had lunch with Suzanne Dalitz, daughter of gangster Moe Dalitz. As I described in "30 Illegal Years To The Strip", he was one of the top three fine-liquor importers during Prohibition, then he operated illegal casinos throughout the Midwest, before going on to build two of the greatest resort casino operations on the Las Vegas Strip. His Desert Inn was the first high-rolling casino, and his Stardust was the largest hotel and biggest casino in the world. Between the two casinos, he catered to every economic level. He taught the rest of us in the industry the best way to design, operate, and market casinos to every income demographic.

This lunch was special for me because Moe Dalitz had a great impact on my research, career, and becoming a man. He and all of his top executives each spent an enormous number of hours teaching me how they operated and the histories of Moe's hotel-casinos. As I point out in the Introduction to "30 Illegal Years To The Strip," it was references by the two most notorious gangsters to ever settle in Las Vegas, Moe Dalitz and Benny Binion, which got me the job as President of both the Castaways and Silver Slipper on the Strip for Howard Hughes' corporation Summa. I am still the only person to ever manage two Strip casinos simultaneously.

I told Suzanne the impact her father and his key executives had on my research and my personal values. Moe Dalitz was the epitome of integrity. His word was absolute. I learned in my dealings with him what great lengths he would go to in order to make sure he kept his word to every last detail.

Suzanne shared the strengths and weaknesses Moe Dalitz had as a father. Like all of us dads, he was imperfect, but she brought home the humanness of her dad in ways I did not expect. Some aspects touched me deeply about a man for whom I have so much respect. I and Moe always talked to each other from our adult and never exposed our inner child to each other. Suzanne, thank you for sharing the man at home and in activities with the people he loved!


February 10, 2016   Wednesday

Opps! This morning, I failed to answer 4 of 5 medical questions in a short 10-minute podcast interview on the Staying Young Show with medical doctors Mark Anderson & Walter Gaman. For the one question I did answer, I did win a bottle of vitamins.


February 5, 2016   Friday

Last night, I had a wonderful experience and an amazing opportunity with nighttime's number 1 talk show host George Noory at Coast-to-Coast AM. It reaches over 600 stations. George gave me the first two hours. That's right, two hours of his four-hour show. The first hour he asked about subjects covered in 30 Illegal Years To The Strip, and the second hour, he opened his show up to callers. Every one of their questions was relevant about old Las Vegas and opened up great discussion. It gave me the opportunity to explain part of why I have so much respect for Benny Binion, who made the Horseshoe Club in downtown Las Vegas one of the greatest casino operations in the history of the world.  After the show, the Producer told me that during my interview the station's phone board lit up for questions.

I know people who have known George Noory for many years. They say he is truly a nice man and of course very effective. I am most grateful. He wants to know who killed Ben "Bugsy" Siegel because he knows I will reveal this in my next book in this historical series about the Nevada gambling industry. I promised him I will send him the first book, and I will reveal for the first time the killer, and the motive, on his show. George, thank you again!