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STAR TECH — THE NEXT GENERATION: CES and its electronic innovations return for 2020 ‘family affair’ while anticipating future confabs at expanded Las Vegas Convention Center

At the heart of the sprawling CES is a relatively small organization based in Arlington, Va., its employees considering the annual trip to Las Vegas to be a family affair.

“We have almost … 185 people come to Las Vegas to work on the show,” says Jean Foster, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and produces CES (Jan. 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues around town.)

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LIVIN’ LA ‘VIVA’ LOCA: Inside the Fremont Street Experience $32 million upgrade of ‘Viva Vision’ to an even bigger, brighter, bolder blowout

Add a few more Vs to “Viva Vision,” the world’s largest single LED screen under the canopy at the Fremont Street Experience: vital, vivid and vibrant — and unmistakably Vegas.

The result of an ambitious $32 million upgrade which began in May, the screen is seven times brighter and four times the previous resolution. Oblivious to the sun’s bright rays, it will run 24/7, something that wasn’t possible with the deteriorating lights of the old screen, last updated for $17 million in 2004.


TICK, TOCK, HARD ROCK: Recalling the resort’s heyday and highlights as demolition and transformation begin

When the Hard Rock Cafe opened with an Aerosmith concert in September 1990, thousands crowded the intersection of Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue to herald a new brand of entertainment to Las Vegas.

Hostess Kathryn Bohannon and bartender Cindy Faraci remember the night vividly. When the sound system went down and the band’s performance was delayed, a near-riot broke out, they recalled.