Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada on January 3, 1955 · Page 6
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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 6

Reno, Nevada
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Monday, January 3, 1955
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G RENO EVENING GAZETTE January 3, 1955 Pay Goes Up And Up Rumors of Talent Stealing Heard on Las Vegas 'Strip' (Editor's Note: This is the second of two Associated Press news dispatches from Hollywood concerning developments In the entertaining- and hotel construction field In Las Vegas). HOLLYWOOD UP) When Joan Crawford gets $10,000 for greeting customers and Liberace earns $50,000 a week for playing the piano, you know there's a boom in Las Vegas. Business has been skyrocketing in the Nevada pleasure town, and so have salaries for entertainers. With five big new hotels being added to the present seven in the next few months, star sal aries will doubtless go higher. Already you hear the rumblings of a talent war that has Las Vegas worried. GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT Until recently, talent bookers at the strip supper clubs operated more or less Under gentleman's agreement. Stars who played one spot were generally considered that place's property; there was little attempt to rustle performers. Now that picture is changing. With a dozen clubs seeking top talent, the competition should be terrific. The new Royal Nevada has lured Helen Traubel and Anna Maria Alberghetti away from the Sahara and Ben Blue from the Flamingo. The Flamingo has taken the Mills Brothers from the Thunderbird, and Nat King Cole has moved from El Rancho Vegas to the Sands. . With each move comes a higher salary. The most notable is Liber-ace's. He played the Last Frontier many times, his top price being $5,300. He'll earn $50,000 weekly for three weeks at the Riviera. The same hotel is giving Joan Crawford $10,000 and a free va cation for acting as hostess dur Inz the first four days of the opening. TIFPf rRTTS SAT.ABTF.S An official of the Flamingo assails this kind of salary. "By the time you pay Liberace $50,000, plus a band, a line of eirls. suDDortine acts and small combos for the bar, you've got s $90.000-a-week bill," says Schil ler. "And that doesn't include the cost of publicity and exploitation You can never support that kind of an outlay. "Besides, if you pay that much to Liberace, think how much other stars are going to ask! If vou want holdouts like Jack Benny. Dinah Shore, Danny Kaye, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, you'll have to pay fantastic money, At least one new spot, the Dunes, has announced that it wil concentrate on eood shows, not, star names. SchUler scoffs at this thinking:. "When Joe Blow drives in from Terre Haute, he wants to see star he can recognize," Schiller reasons. Eddie Rio, former variety union head and now booker for the Roy- al Nevada, said he is looking for stars who have never played Vegas before.. Most of his col leagues are, too. They realize the great publicity and novelty value of stars who aren't familiar to the Strip audiences. Thus the bidding rises for stars like Benny, Shore, Kaye, Hope and Crosby. TERM CONTRACTS Some of the bookers are trying to solve the talent crisis by sign ing up performers to long term deals. . The Flamingo has signed Kay Starr at $800,000 for 40 weeks in the next five years and Keefe Brasselle at $400,000 for six en gagements. The Royal Nevada is giving Miss Alberghetti $300,000 for 18 weeks in the next few years. Mre The Sahara has tied up the serv ices of Ann Blyth, Marlene Dietrich, Edgar Bergen, Red Skelton, Martha Raye, Donald O'Connor, Kathryn Grayson and Mae West. A booker at 4he Sands says he has long term deals with Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, and others. At least two spots have assured star's loyalty by making them stockholders; Frank Sinatra at the Sands and Tony Martin at the Flamingo. Two groups will profit from this scramble for talent. The most obvious are the stars themselves. who have never been able to make so much money so fast. And the customers will continue to get the world's greatest bargain in entertainment. For around $5 a head, they can get a fine meal and see a better night club show than the best in New York or Hollywood. Its a bargain provided you don't lose your shirt at the gambling tables. Nevada Countiesl??:5 mc kind luiiicu Will Share in Forest Fund TONOPAH Employes of Cavanaugh Bros, were entertain' ed at a lovely Christmas party given by John and Charles Cavanaugh at the lions clubhouse re cently. The annual affair this year in cluded wivps and rhildrpn of the Gov. Charles H. Russell was no- staff and 52 nersons were Dresent Al' J iL' i xi a. mm in ne i 1 uueu ims, wees tnai s.oo is to eniov the buffet. being forwarded to the state 1 Christmas bonuses were distri- treasury as payment due 11 Ne- Ibuted to the workers while chil- vada counties as then share of re- dren received toys and a turkey ceipts irom national forests in the was presented to each family. state. Richard E. McArdle, chief of the forest service, told Russell that payments were being made under terms of two federal acts which provide that "25 per cent of the receipts from each national forest during any fiscal year shall be paid to the state for the benefit Youths Arrested At Reno Club Sparks AA Club Plans Meetings "An informed person is an un derstanding person" is the theme of the series of the meetings plan ned by the Sparks Family Group of Alcoholics Anonymous A group has been organized known as the Washoe Saturday Night Group with the first meet ing scheduled for Saturday, January 8 at 8 p. m. in the Sparks Le gion Hall. At that time, a well known speaker in the AA pro gram will be present. Everyone is invited to attend. Employers, individuals with a drinking problem and those having members of their families with a drinking problem are especially invited to learn the program of Alcoholic Anonymous. . It was pointed out by leaders of the group that anyone will be able to attend without fear of embarrassment and each person will be made welcome and com' fortable. The Sparks Family Group will continue to meet every Tuesday night at 8:30 in the basement of the Methodist church. Since the end of World War II private industry has spent more than 10 billion dollars for scienti fic research, an independent re search organization reports. of the public schools and public roads of the counties in which such national forest is situated." McArdle added that payments are made in the proportion that the national forest area in each county bears to the total area of the. national forest concerned. LARGEST TO NYE Lions share of the total pay ment will go to Nye county on its ,496,251 net area-acres in the Toiyabe national forest and its 265,283 acres in the Nevada national forest. Nye will receive $353.52 from Toiyabe receipts and $3o.90 more from Nevada forest distribution, a total of $389.42 White Pine will get the second biggest check of $120.62 based on its 891,356 area acres in the Ne vada national forest. other Nevada forest receipts will be distributed thuslv: Clark. ob.dfi area acres, $7.62; Lincoln, za.buu acres, $3.47. Toiyabe forest receipts, exclud ing wye, will go to Douglas, -42, USO acres, $9.95: Eureka. 144.147 acres, $34.08; Lander, 296.719 acres. $70.15; Lyon, 174,620 acres. 4i.2y; Mineral, 250,616 acres $59.25; Ormsby, 5,026 acres, $1.19 and Washoe, 23,868 acres, $4.64. A total of $167.61 was allocated in 1,238,566 net area acres in the Nevada national forest while the remainder, $575.07 was distribu ted proportionately to the 2.432 327 net area acres in the .Toiyabe national forest Two 18 -year -old California youths were arrested last night by Reno police and charged with frequenting a bar and gambling es tablishment. Clyde E. Richards and Clarence C. Wilson, jr., both of Quincy, told police the bartender at Mac's Club, 2400 S. Virginia st., did not ask them for identification before he served them. Richards said the 21 dealer asked him for proof of his age, but he said' he showed himf alsif i e d documents. The! youth said the dealer accepted these as true and allowed him to play. Richards and Wilson posted $25 bail each. This is the second group of arrests concerning minors at Mac's Club. The first arrests last month also included the club's owner, Howard L. McMullen, and two of his employes. McMullen was fined in municipal court after promising he would pay more at tention to his patrons ages in the, future. Bible Can Name 10 to Academy Sen. Alan Bible can nominate as many as 10 Nevada young men for the new Air Force Academy, the Air Force announced in Washington. The statement was made in connection with a reminder that thus far only 1474 nominations have been received from congress for members of the first class at the academy. It is to open at its temporary location, Lowry Air Force base at Denver, in July. The first class will admit only 300 cadets but the Air Force said it was hoped each congressman would name a full quota of 10 to give selection boards a large number of candidates to select from. Deadline for applications for the first class is Feb. 18. Christmas Party Held in Tonopah TONOPAH Annual Christmas party for children of Masons and Eastern Star members was held at the Masonic temple on Monday evening, Decern oer zu. Although highlight of the affair was a visit from Santa Claus, the youngsters enjoyed an impromptu Droeram. a short movie and games. Refreshments were served at a late hour by a committee com posed of Mrs. Fred Ritter, chairman; Mrs. Holly Hough, Mrs. M. D. 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