The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on September 21, 2003 · Page 107
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Sunday, September 21, 2003
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CA_E_31_E31_LA_1_09-21-03_su_1_CMYK 2003:09:17:20:25:58 SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER21,2003 E31 LOSANGELESTIMES *Per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Please present ad at check-in. Valid now thru Oct. 23rd, 2003 FREE Downtown  Main & Fremont 1-888-760-9399 T O L L F R E E SHOW! * LAS VEGAS WEEKEND SPECIAL VALID: October 3rd & 4th $ 24 95 * LAS VEGAS BREAKOUTTHEPOLYESTERLEDERHOSEN. AsVegasasVegasGets. TurnGermantraditiononitsfrothyhead.CometoVegasforThe Flamingo’sOktoberfestcelebration.Enjoythefood,cultureand festivitiesofthisone-of-a-kindparty.Thenwashitalldownwith someenormousbeers.Call888-549-6381andaskfor theOktoberfestpackage. Packageincludes: Fourfreedraftbeersand2-for-1bratscouponatOktoberfest2003. $10offabottleofwineatPinkGinger,ournewPan-Asianrestaurant. FREET-shirtwhenyoujointheConnectionClubandearn15points. ConnectionCardcouponbookwithover$500insavings. *Packageinclusionsareperstayonly.$60rateavailableonlimiteddatesonly.Otherdatesandweekendsslightlyhigher.Notavailableforgroups,meetingsorconventions.Flamingomanagementreservesrighttoalterorcancelthispromotionatanytime.$10offbottleofwineonly.Gratuitynotincluded. Pick upyour life on Thursdays. THE ALTERNATIVES Southern California’s guide to offbeat urban adventures. Every Thursday Calendar Weekend LAS VEGAS ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT By BOBBIE KATZ Special Advertising Sections Writer I n honor of its 45th anniversary, one grande dame on the Strip is intent on showing how time flies — and it’s using its own version of rocket science to do it. To celebrate the September of its years (it opened on Sept. 28 in 1958), the Stardust is planning a real blast from the past, filling the cargo compartment of a 15-foot-long rocket-shaped time capsule with Las Vegas relics. The drive to obtain memorabilia has been launched, with donations expected from other Las Vegas properties, private citizens, celebrities and collectors of Las Vegas historical mementos from around the United States, along with objects from the Stardust’s own archives. “As part of the 45th anniversary celebration of the Stardust, we are inviting everyone to contribute items to be included in Stardust’s Las Vegas Time Capsule,” said William S. Boyd, Chairman and Chief Executive of Boyd Gaming, which owns the Stardust. “There’s been so much change on the Strip over the past 45 years that it’s hard to imagine what future years will bring. We want to preserve these memories.” Through Sept. 28, the time capsule will be on display at the west entrance of the hotel, along with a Stardust memorabilia exhibit that includes photographs, vintage showgirl costumes, a potpourri of gaming items and a video showing vintage footage. The rocket was constructed by Mario Sciortino, owner and president of Unique Movie Cars of Henderson, and his son, Mike, who co-owns the business. Comedian Phyllis Diller donated a signed copy of her memoirs,and actress Valerie Perrine, who once appeared in the hotel’s “Lido de Paris” show, donated an autographed program featuring her on the cover. Comedian Don Rickles donated an autographed hockey puck and pledged to solicit a donation from Frank Sinatra’s estate. The Liberace Museum pledged a sparkling bauble,and illusionists Siegfried & Roy (who previously appeared in “Lido”) were asked to donate one of their stuffed white tigers. As a close friend of Elvis, current Stardust headliner and “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton pledged to approach the Presley estate for a personal memento of The King’s to be placed alongside Newton’s own autographed bow tie from his extensive tuxedo collection. The plan is for The Stardust’s Las Vegas Time Capsule, which has tail fins accented with letters from the hotel’s original marquee, to be lowered into the earth later this year at the base of the hotel’s sign, which itself is filled with Stardust memories. Once a sign of the times, that marquee helped initiate what is now the most famous symbol of Las Vegas — the neon sign. When the property opened, Young Electric Sign Co. created the display that with more than 7,000 feet of neon tubing and 10,000 light bulbs illuminated the Stardust logo amid a veritable universe of sunbursts, neon stars and planets. Standing more than 200 feet in the air, it was the world’s largest electric sign and the prototype for the Strip’s trademark lighting displays. The Stardust’s history is illustrious in many more ways, however, shedding light on what Las Vegas was like in its glory days of the early ’60s, through the ’70s and into the ’80s. In fact, it’s the stuff that movies are made of, such as the 1995 movie “Casino,” which starred Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone and chronicled the Stardust’s days before the Boyd Group took it over. “I came to work at the Stardust on Aug.17, 1961,” said Beverage Manager Larry Vance, who has been with the hotel for 42 years and has held various positions. “Back then, the Stardust was in the center of the Strip. It was the place to go. The Stardust was Las Vegas.” Vance said he remembers that the hotel’s Starlight Lounge was so popular that people like Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante andPhil Donahue frequented the venue. “Elvis Presley would come in every night to see the Irish Show Band when they were performing here,” Vance said. Meanwhile, over in the main showroom, the “Lido de Paris” revue show, which opened in 1968 and ran for 32 years at the Stardust, was establishing a benchmark for today’s stage shows. It set new production standards, featuring horses, doves, jaguars and elephants,as well as mammoth stage spectacles. It also established another Vegas icon – the Showgirl. The late “Lido de Paris” producer Donn Arden has been credited with bringing the first showgirl to Vegas via the Stardust production. Perrine, who was a topless showgirl/dancer in the show for acouple of years in the 1960s, said that the showgirls of the era were treated like celebrities, receiving expensive gifts, including cars and diamonds, from patrons. Perhaps Newton sums up the Stardust best: “Few Las Vegas properties can say that they’ve been part of Las Vegas history like the Stardust. A lot of people don’t realize that the Vegas they have come to expect started with this property 45 years ago. People haven’t seen Las Vegas until they’ve seen the Stardust.” Bobbie Katz is a freelance writer based in Las Vegas. A time capsuleaccented with letters from the hotel’s original marquee, above, will be lowered into the earth later this year. Stardust marks 45 years on the Strip FACT BOX The Stardust display at the west entrance will be open 24 hours a day through Sept. 28. If you want to donate a piece of Las Vegas memorabilia (newspapers, photos, gaming chips, entertainer memorabilia) for the time capsule, send it to Stardust Las Vegas Time Capsule, Attention: Jim Seagrave, The Stardust Resort & Casino, 3000 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109. Call Seagrave at (702) 732-6111 for more information. TI, formerly Treasure Island, will auction more than 500 items of pirate memorabilia as part of the property’s evolution. The total value of the memorabilia is estimated at more than $1.5 million. Two bone chandeliers, each valued at $500,000, will be auctioned along with pirate statues, leather trunks, brass lamps, wood and brass chests, swords, paintings, pirate costumes, hand-painted wood pirate sculptures, plates and baskets. A preview will be held Sept. 26 from noon to 4 p.m.,and the live auction, to be held at the hotel’s Ballroom on the second floor, begins Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call (702) 891-3430. Once wrapped around a post in TI’s lobby, these chandeliers will be on auction. TI memorabilia set for auction Sept. 27

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