Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on May 10, 1987 · Page 221
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 221

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, May 10, 1987
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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 1987 THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC T3 YVT W HERE IN THE WOO ARE YOU GOING? ! SAVE $600 41,550 .ci cituad roiiice iiuec ROCKRESORTS If WEU GET YOU THERE FOR LESS! ALASKA MCtairrw maM9 EUROPE iHatuKTiisnBuimm, rae 699 ORIENT M am? 'IMS But dan KT '1095 KTCblcfi'795 CARRIBEAN AUSTRALIA sr 'i ras. a m vss, Kroadi'895 HAWAII ro549 DOMESTIC mco299 DlKonnl Airfare Worldwide. Few Restriction. COUPON CONNECTION Toll ftee 800523-3965 or Ri)l29-0yW I Coll for DEPT. DATES ALASKA CARRIBEAN MEXICO PANAMA CANAL Bring In this ad at tlm of booking t rocoivi additional $35.00 off total pita. ADDITIONAL $500 off par COUPLE Travel detective Peter Rose I I I ON MOST BOOKINGS DELETING INCLUSIVE AIR PKGS. MOON VALLEY TRAVEL I 866-1 950 1 i 256-0077 i J I Is ,X k 3-ring casino helps keep Circus Circus in the pink Circus Circus is those eye-opening' pink folks, you know? They use that curiously luminous pink color on the lettering of their Vegas casinohotel buildings, on their striped circus show roof and even on mailing envelopes, whose brightness could knock over a sleepy postman faster than a Doberman pinscher. As suspected, Joyce Gordon is a little different, too. The Circus Circus rep is not one of those cute airheads so often charged with carrying the public relations banner. With her thorough knowledge of the operation and passionate belief in its gambling entertainment, Joyce is almost part of the show. "The first time I walked through the casino door, I saw a trapeze artist flying through the air. I started to cry," Joyce recalled. "It was beautiful but not practical. At first, the circus was a gimmick a lovely, flashy idea." . How did such a thing start, anyway.' . "Jay Sarno bought Caesars Palace, which was really the first theme resort in Vegas. You may know they have a showroom called Circus Maximus. They said they were going to build a Roman circus, but Jay decided instead to build a completely separate combined circusgaming facility for the family. : "We opened on Oct. 18, 1968. We were jeered, sneered and laughed at. Who ever heard of a circus in a gaming facility? "The casino pit beneath the trapeze was totally open. The 21 dealer would try to deal and players were looking up at the trapeze artist. Tiny the Elephant talked back to the craps table. A diver doing the sponge plunge came off a 70-foot-high platform. When he landed, between two craps tables, there was a great whoosh of compressed air." Well, it sounds pretty good to me. The way I look at it, they could allot a zebra to the slot machines, a koala to the blackjack tables and spider monkeys to the chandeliers, and I'd buy a season's pass. Maybe I'm not the kind of hard-core gambler who makes Vegas juice flow.' "Can you imagine," Joyce asked, "the guy on the craps table shaking the dice and saying, 'Baby needs a new pair of shoes!' and here comes the sponge plunger zooming down from the roof, or a trapeze artist sails past? Theatrical yes; practical, no. "One guy was playing blackjack with no awareness of an elephant being any closer than Africa. This huge gray vacuum cleaner began working its way across the table, sucking cards into its trunk. It was Tanya the Elephant. The guy got tangled up in two chairs. A woman froze, with her drink in her hand, for five minutes ..." That happens to be my kind of action. Precisely. But I don't whip out C-notes like toilet paper, either, and toss them nonchalantly on the gaming table as if I don't care whether I ever see them again. Somehow, the dudes and dollies who make it seem cool to lose tall stacks of 50-dollar chips don't like elephants in their cards or aerial-ists in their gin. "We had an orangutan named Boobie who grabbed a hamburger out of a guy's hand and took a bite," ringmaster Mike Hartzell recalled. "The guy grabbed the hamburger back, punched Boobie in the nose and resumed eating. Boobie stuck out his tongue, like orangutans do." Some people just don't have a sense of humor. The guy was probably a high roller. Anyhow, Circus Circus had to reform. It was done effectively by putting the circus and carnival area on the mezzanine and gamblers on the first floor, beneath a winding ramp. Whole families could come, but their energies and interests were focused separately. Next, Circus Circus began selling hotel rooms. "It was an uphill fight," Joyce recalled. "People couldn't conceive of a place with a circus and carnival atmosphere having nice rooms. The turning point was in 74. Now, we're one of the most successful hotels in the industry, with a near 100 percent occupancy." The 2,793 rooms rent for $26 apiece Sundays through Thursdays, $37 on Fridays and Saturdays. In midsummer, they go up to $30 and $39. The 13. circus acts include Boomer the boxing kangaroo, Anna and her Russian wolfhounds, dare devil motorcycle riders and the Flying Cavarettas trapeze act (featuring Terry Cavarettas, the only woman consistently performing the triple somersault). "Some people say the kangaroo act is cruel," Joyce reflected. "It's not. Boomer is pampered. When he gets into a clinch and makes believe he's fighting, actually he's really kissing his opponent." Joyce says that whenever she is depressed, she goes out in the hallway and has a "pooch smooch" with the show dogs. "I get a good face washing," she said. Wearing a suit of the company color variously described as "circus pink," "213 pink" and "screaming pink" and a dozen gold rings, corporate vice president Mel Larson, a former owner of a Phoenix drag strip, explained the diversions. 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Day 7: Cruise across Cook Strait to South Island, Plcton. Dsy 8: Thru Butler Gorge-to Pancake rocks visit reconstructed gold rush town-then Greymouth. Day 9: Ancient wonders of Franz Josel and Fox Glaciers. Day 10: Breathtaking drive thru Haast Pass to colorful and quaint old Arrowtown. On to Oueenstown. Day 11: In beautiful Queenstown on the edge of Lake Wakatlpu In the southern Alps, on to Te Anau. Day 12: To spectacular Mllford Sound-Cruise with Lunch. On to Farm Stay. Day 13: To old "Scottish City" of Dunedln. Day 14: Over beautiful farm plains country to Mt. Cook-highest mountain In the Alps. Day 15: To Chrlstchurch-beautltul grassy parks, winding Avon River and cathedrals-more English than England. Day 16: Home to U.S.A. 'Plus departure taxes and New Zealand gov't service tax. L SUNBEAM TOURS Call 1-800-443-0400 3840 S. Plaza Dr., Santa Ana 92704 Mon.-Frl. 9am-6pm Sun. 10am-2pm Play golf. Play tennis. Play hooky. The Boulders is great for all three. 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