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Modern Marvels

Season 2 Episode 3

Las Vegas

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Unknown on The History Channel
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Born on a patch of desert sand, it's now a neon oasis where nothing is ever what it seems. Its grand hotels and casinos tower over the horizon and prove that size really does matter in Sin City, and the more spectacular the better. Uncover the secrets behind this man made Mecca for gamblers.moreless

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      • The 45 foot tall lion that stands outside the MGM Grand weighs a hefty 90,000 pounds. It was cast in 1,600 individual pieces of half-inch thick bronze plate, welded together and supported by an internal steel structure.

      • Shrimp consumption in Las Vegas is more than 60,000 pounds a day. That's higher than the rest of the country combined and adds up to 22 million pounds per year.

      • Frank Sinatra was a Las Vegas fixture for 43 years, beginning with a performance at the Desert Inn in 1951. His las gig was at the MGM Grand in May 1994.

      • The Riviera Hotel became the first high-rise hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in 1955. The hotel stood a towering nine stories.

      • The Flamingo Hotel became the Flamingo Hilton in 1974. The last of the original structure was torn down on December 14, 1993 and the hotel's garden was built on the site, complete with a plaque dedicated to the original owner, mobster Bugsy Siegel.

      • All eight of Mickey Rooney's weddings happened in Las Vegas, starting with his marriage to Ava Gardner in 1942. Rooney took his last walk down the aisle in 1978, when he married his current wife, Jan.

      • The first Las Vegas hotel, the Hotel Las Vegas, opened in 1905 with thirty rooms. The MGM Grand has more than 5,000 rooms.

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      • Original Air Date: August 3, 1998

      • Commentators:

        Michael Ventura
        Author/Journalist

        Shecky Greene
        Comedian

        Rod Amateau
        Retired Writer/Director

        Alfreda Mitre
        Tribal Chairperson, Las Vegas Paiutes

        Dr. E. Leo Lyman
        Western American Historian

        Dr. Martha Knack
        Anthropologist, UNLV

        Hal Rothman
        Historian, UNLV

        Ed Von Tobel Jr
        Las Vegas Businessman

        John Stafford
        Hoover Dam Worker

        Dennis McBride
        Author/Historian

        Guy Rocha
        Nevada Historian/State Archivist

        Nicholas Pileggi
        Author of "Casino"

        Rose Marie
        Actress/Comedian

        Alan King
        Comedian

        Susan Berman
        Author/Journalist

        Brian Greeenspun
        Editor, Las Vegas Sun

        James Walker
        Owner/President, Moulin Rouge Hotel

        Donald Mills
        Entertainer

        Red Buttons
        Actor

        George Schlatter
        Producer

        Bob Stupak
        Former Chairman of the Board, Stratosphere Corp.

        Bill Miller
        Retired Entertainment Director

        Jeanie Gardner
        Former Sands Copa Girl

        Wayne Newton
        Entertainer

        Terry Moore
        Actress

        Robert Maheu
        Former Consultant to Howard Hughes

        Bob Miller
        Former Governor of Nevada

        Steve Wynn
        Las Vegas Builder

        Steven Izenour
        Architect/Author

        Jan Laverty Jones
        Former Mayor of Las Vegas

        Mark Smith
        Former President, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce

        Rita Rudner
        Comedian

        George Joseph
        Surveillance Expert

        Anthony Curtis
        Author, "Las Vegas Advisor"

        Burton M. Cohen
        Hotel Gaming Consultant

        Bob Arum
        Boxing Promoter, Top Rank Inc.

        Barbara Greenspun
        Publisher, Las Vegas Sun

        Jerry Keller
        Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

        Fluff LeCoque
        Company Manager, Jubilee

      • Special Material: Susan Berman
        Special Material: Paul Kaufman
        Writer: Susan Berman
        Writer: Jim Milio
        Writer: Melissa Jo Peltier
        Director: Melissa Jo Peltier
        Director: Jim Milio
        Associate Producer: Kelly McPherson
        Associate Producer: Christopher Meindl
        Editor: Allison MacEwan
        Editor: Chris Simpson
        Music: Kevin Kiner
        Associate Director: Mark Hufnail
        Camera: Piers Bath
        Camera: I-Li Chen
        Camera: Bob Keys
        Camera: Jefferson Miller
        Camera: Tom Zannes
        Sound: Aaron Davidson
        Sound: Charlie Fernandez
        Sound: Dave Gekler
        Sound: Dave Renner
        Researcher: Kristi Dixon
        Post-Production Supervisor: John Gengl
        Assistant Post-Production Coordinator: Garret Savage
        Assistant Editor: Lester Chung
        Assistant Editor: Vicki Hammel
        Assistant Editor: Alex MacInnis
        Production Coordinator: Vikki Prudden
        Production Secretary: Trista Switzer
        Production Assistant: Veronica Aitken
        Production Assistant: Eva Honegger
        Production Assistant: Christina Kalionzes
        Production Assistant: Marco Prudden
        Production Assistant: Peter Rubi
        Production Assistant: Henry Yeaza
        Mail Title Design: Melinda Lawton
        Online Editor: Matchframe Video
        Online Editor: Terence Curren
        Online Editor: Jeff Margraff
        Online Editor: John Moore
        Online Editor: Brian Pete
        Online Editor: Bob Shontell
        Modern Video: Dave Crosthwait
        Post Op Video: Gard Cookson
        Stills Animation: Woodholly Productions
        Stills Animation: Martin Kauper
        Sound Mixer: Third Street Sound
        Sound Mixer: Darren Barnett
        Sound Mixer: Kent Gibson
        Sound Effects Editor: Patty Lorusso
        Legal Clearance: Suzy Vaughan Associates
        Legal Clearance: Vicki Grimsland
        Historical Consultant: Guy Rocha
        Historical Consultant: Hal Rothman
        Bookkeeper: Chris Van Kesteren
        Payroll Service: The Jacobson Group, INC

        Legal Services:
        Thomas Patrick Rowan, ESQ.
        Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan & Rowan

        Accounting Services
        David Markman, CPA
        Markman Brecker Associates

        Special Thanks:
        Bally's Hotel & Casino
        Myrum Borders
        Jed Barron
        Michael Cascio
        Harrah's
        Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
        Dennis McBride
        David Millman
        Mirage Resorts, Inc
        Thom Mount
        Rio Suite Hotel And Casino
        Fred Sigman
        Darren Silveroli
        Barbara Treadwell

        A&E Supervising Producer: Amy Briamonte
        A&E Executive Producer: Michael Cascio
        Produced by MPH Entertainment, Inc
        1996

      • Music: "Luck Be A Lady" is sung by Michael Dees

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