Nov. 3: You wanna wish a happy 67th birthday to occasional Vegas headliner Roseanne Barr … perhaps on Twitter? On second thought, perhaps NOT on Twitter. The controversial comedian/sitcom star still makes the local rounds, last having dropped in during pal Andrew Dice Clay’s set last March at the Tropicana’s Laugh Factory.
On Nov. 1, 2006 … The iconic Stardust Hotel-Casino shutters after 48 years of twinkling on the Strip skyline. Yet that famous sign lives on, both at the Neon Museum and in the legacy of Las Vegas.
On Nov. 5, 2014 … Clark County Commissioner (now Gov.) Steve Sisolak celebrates the Planet Hollywood residency of Britney Spears, declares “Britney Day” and presents her with the “key” to the Strip. Question: Is there any hotel on the Strip you can still open with a “key”?
Wind your way down Joe W. Brown Drive behind the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, and look just to the west where the Las Vegas Country Club sits now. If you squint, you might be able to see the backstretch of what once was Las Vegas Park.
In retrospect, hosting a thoroughbred meet in Las Vegas — even in the relatively placid weather of October — wasn’t a winning proposition. Racebooks already dotted the Strip, and for visitors from Southern California used to Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar, a racetrack was far less novel an experience than casino gambling.
That didn’t stop Joseph M. Smoot from trying. With other people’s money.
Twelve years ago this month, the 56th annual NBA All-Star Game roared into town, triggering a mega-wild weekend highlighted by a citywide party, a globally-viewed game and the NBA’s immersion in the Las Vegas community through numerous charitable endeavors.