In The News: Department of History
Las Vegas has been known, unfairly, for blowing up its past. We’ve lost some buildings we wish could have been preserved. But most of the more recent losses have been confined to the resort corridor. One of the hotels to topple was the Landmark. Tearing it down was quick. Building it was a story unto itself, as was its opening, fifty years ago this past July.
We’ll be marking a couple of centennials this year, but one of them is looking back at how Nevada reacted in 1919 to things that happened in 1917 and 1918. You heard that right.
Few things in life are certain. But here's one of them:
“Well, there's no question that President Trump is going to be our nominee in 2020,” says Nevada GOP spokesperson Keith Schipper.
The Me Too movement sent shock waves through all kinds of industries from politics to entertainment with high-profile cases bringing down well-known and extremely powerful men.
California has the toughest gun control laws in the country and only continues to tighten them. But its efforts are undermined by a more permissive approach in other states, including the three that border California.
UNLV students are taking advantage of a unique opportunity — to do some history detective work. It’s being done as part of UNLV’s Public History program
It was at the beginning of a shift at Harrods that Georgia Brown told her manager where to go. Brown, then aged 22, was working for a temp agency that supplied shop assistants to the department store. She cannot remember the name of the manager. But she does remember why she lost her cool: she had had enough of being forced to wear heels on the job.
“Heel shoes are a symbol of female oppression,” said Professor Mary Beard last week to Manola Blahnika, a renowned luxury shoe manufacturer, whose brand was especially famous for Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City. While not everyone may identify with the professor's assertion, the fact remains that if heels do not have to go to work, why it should be women's responsibility, Sirin Kale says in an article mapping this growing displeasure and titled Why should I have to work on stilts ?: the women fighting sexist dress codes . "Women are often the victims of working dresscodes, even if they don't have to wear a uniform," she writes.
About 100 years ago, women in their workplaces looked a little different from what they look like today. But many of the basic garments at the time of dressing to go to the office remain today.
The name switch, announced by SLS Las Vegas owner Alex Meruelo in late June, marks a return to the property's roots. First opened at the north end of the Strip as the Sahara in 1952, the 240-room hotel made its name with some legendary live entertainment, featuring headliners such as Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Jack Benny, Tony Bennett, George Carlin, Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand, who graced the Sahara's stage in the property's heyday.
Reasons for such rebranding efforts through the years vary widely. Among other motivations, they have occurred because of disappointing numbers on the casino floor or in room booking, new owners seeking to put their own stamp on a property and marketing initiatives to reflect and better compete in the contemporary landscape.
Mel Wolzinger died recently at age ninety-eight. That suggests he led a good, long life, and he did. He was active to the end. And it’s a loss to our history. Indeed, he made history.