Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955

Want to hear Sam Butera talk about getting the phone call from Louie Prima that changed his life? Or Burton Cohen talk about working at the Desert Inn (his favorite hotel) as well as working for Kirk Kerkorian?

How about Stan Irwin recounting bringing the Beatles to Las Vegas in 1963 and hear from those who were in the audience for the shows? Or Myram Borders and others talking about Howard Hughes? Bugsy Siegel? There are stories about Benjamin Siegel, too!

Pete Barbutti, Claude Trenier, Steve Rossi, Freddie Bell and others talk about being an entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip and rubbing elbows with high rollers and other entertainers like Sinatra, Judy Garland, Mae West and more!

It's all in the new multi-touch e-book that I have written, Gambling on Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1960, available now on the iTunes Stores. Stories from the men and women who were there, rarely seen photos and ephemera galleries and video clips!

Only $4.99! Click here for more information.

Here I am talking with Juan Fernandez about the book.


Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:58PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

A new interactive book about the Classic Las Vegas Strip!!

I am thrilled to announce that my first interactive e-book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955, is available for $4.99 in the Itunes Store!




The history of the Las Vegas Strip during its formative years, 1930-1955. This content-rich, multi-touch book includes rarely seen, historic imagery of the first ten hotels and video interviews with men and women who were there and helped make that history. 

Hotels include the El Rancho Vegas, Hotel Last Frontier, Flamingo, Thunderbird, Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn, Sahara, Sands, Royal Nevada, Riviera and the Dunes. 

The visionaries who built these hotels helped turn a five-mile stretch of blacktop highway into America’s Playground.  This is the story of the first twenty-five years of the Classic Las Vegas Strip-how it began and how it grew.

240 pages including rarely seen images and over 40 video clips.

Here is the link to our newly updated website where you can find out all about it:

Right now it is for Ipads and Iphones but the Kindle Fire Tablet version will be available in early October from Amazon.

Hope you enjoy it and please let me know what you think!

Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 3:44PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

We are getting a make-over




We wanted to let everyone know that we are going to be down for a few weeks.


We are getting a make-over and will be moving permanently to this web address:

We hope you will be patient with us as this modernizing will take a bit of time! In the meantime, stay up to date with us at our Facebook page as well as our Facebook group

We will have new content, a new look and I have been working on a new book that I can't wait to tell you about!

We hope you follow us over!

Same great Classic Las Vegas content, we promise!

In the days ahead, this website will have a different front page so if you want to explore our great content head over to our Classic Las Vegas blog site and be sure to sign up for our RSS feed.

You don't want to miss our big reveal!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this site so big and popular!

Please come join us!!

Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:03PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

Facebook Page for Supporting Free Parking

There is now a Facebook page so you can vent and/or support the idea that parking should remain free at MGM Resorts.

Here's the link:


Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 6:28PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

MGM Resorts to charge for Parking



From the beginning, parking on the Las Vegas Strip has been free (excluding valets). In fact, "acres of free parking" was one of the selling points.


But now, eighty-five years of tradition is coming to an end. 

MGM Resorts has announced that with opening of the T-Mobile Arena (behind New York, New York), they will begin charging for parking. Sometime in early Spring (between April and June), the policy will go into effect. MGM Restorts will build a $54 million, 3,000 space parking garage next to the new arena that seats 20,000 people and includes retail and restaurant spaces and a 5,000 seat theater at the Monte Carlo.

The parking fee is part of MGM Resorts plan to enhance and expand their infrastructure. They own nine Strip properties.

  • Mandalay Bay
  • Delano
  • Luxor
  • Excalibur
  • Monte Carlo
  • New York-New York
  • Vdara
  • Aria
  • Bellagio
  • The Mirage
  • MGM Grand

Parking at Crystals, Mandalay Bay Place and Circus Circus will remain free.

Parking will be $10.00 a day (even for guests staying at the hotels)  with a grace period for locals to adjust and eveyone can join the M life (the MGM loyalty program) which would waive the parking fees.

The big question, of course, is will other resorts follow suit and charge for parking?

Will tourists balk at paying for parking while a guest of the hotel? Will they balk at the increased cost of the valet?

Will locals find yet another reason not to visit the Strip?

Stay tuned as it looks like this new policy could be the first signal that the days of  acres and acres of free parking on the Strip are coming to an end.


Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 10:33AM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn in , | CommentsPost a Comment