Mon, 30 May 2011
THIS PODCAST CONTAINS INTERVIEWS FROM GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE AND THE OWNER AND GENERAL MANGER OF GLAMBERS BOOK CLUB AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE NEWLY RENOVATED STORE. THE CLUB IS ALSO PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF THE GAMBLERS BOOK CLUB STATE OF THE ART AUDIO AND HD VIDEO STUDIO. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A FIRST FOR A BOOK STORE/CLUB IN THE WORLD AND HOPE WHEN IN LAS VEGAS YOU WILL COME AND VISIT OUR STORE AND STUDIO.
Fri, 27 May 2011
Donna Foley Mabry
When Donna was five years old, her father gave her a red and white Singer sewing machine for Christmas. It was powered by turning a little wheel on the side, and it was just what the little girl wanted. Somehow, Mabry says, she already knew how to make simple dresses for her dolls.
Over the years, her machines included an old foot-treadle powered White, then her first electric, another Singer, with a cast-iron body that was so heavy she couldn’t lift it by herself. She made clothes for herself and her daughter, Melanie. When her children were small, she didn’t work outside of the home, but earned her own money dressmaking for wealthy ladies.
When the family moved to Florida, Melanie was fifteen and immediately became involved with the Venice Little Theatre. Soon, the whole family was spending their free time there. Husband Lonnie acted and helped with props, son David acted and did lights. One Christmas, David was a witches helper in, “The Wizard of Oz,” and grew so much over the summer that the next year, he was the Scarecrow.
The costume designer, Joan Dillon, taught Donna the finer points of costume construction. Over the years, Donna sewed, acted, and performed various other duties at the theatre, and her daughter went on to study acting and dance at USF and became a professional actor. That led both of them to Las Vegas.
Melanie came first, doing a show at the MGM Grand for a year, then deciding to settle down. She went into marketing, starting in events and tournaments at the Sahara, then working her way up to Entertainment Director at Harrah’s on the Las Vegas strip.
While she was working there, Melanie persuaded her boss to hire her mother to make costumes. Melanie introduced Donna to her friends and workmates, colorful people to say the least. She set up a work area for her Mom in the back of the dressing room. Soon, Donna was making notes on things she heard while she was sewing.
Donna hadn’t written since college, but thought about the interesting people and great stories and decided to stitch them together into her first novel, “The Last Two Aces in Las Vegas.”
Everyone in it is based on at least one real person. Some of the characters are two or three people put together.
“My leading man, Alberto, is actually three people, he has one person’s childhood, a different one’s early adulthood, and another’s older years. Many of the stories told in the book are true, and a few of them didn’t take place until after the book was finished. I’m very interested in what makes people do the things they do, so given their personalities, it wasn’t too difficult to see how they would react in certain situations. It‘s fun when a Vegas old-timer reads it and tries to guess who the character is in real life. Sometimes, the guess surprises me, and sometimes they‘re right on the money. It‘s not always who you might think.”
With four books now published in the series, the story lines seem almost endless. “These are sort of backwards mysteries, like the old TV show, Colombo. You know right away who the killer is, the mystery comes in finding out what will happen to trip them up,” Donna says.
Thu, 12 May 2011
Professional sports in America: it’s all about fair play and the goal of winning championships. At least that’s the spin. But could it be a massive showbiz operation filled with greedy owners, crooked referees, and coddled players, all with the unstated goal of grabbing as much money as possible?
Author Brian Tuohy provides a full-sourced saga of the corruption that has infected the storied histories of the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, and NASCAR.
With reality obscured by a complacent and often complicit sports media, The Fix Is In shines a light on a hidden history of clandestine arrangements between television networks and sports leagues, all against a background of drinking, drugging, and crime.
Finally, here’s a book that unflinchingly examines the sordid underbelly of the American sports industry.
Brian Tuohy maintains the website thefixisin.net and is a frequent contributor to the CBS Sports website bleacherreport.com, where he chronicles sports scandals and conspiracies as the stories break. Brian has been interviewed by The New York Times, ESPN, Fox Sports, andThe Power Hour radio program.
About the Author
Brian Tuohy's has been interviewed by ESPN, The New York Times, and Fox Sports, and has contributed many articles to The Bleacher Report.
Sat, 30 April 2011
Episode80---YOU WANT WHAT???--CONCIERGE TALES FROM THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE LAS VEGA SDREAMS COME TRUE
You Want WHAT???' is a story collection that takes you inside Las Vegas and shows you what guests from all over the world are really looking for in this 24 hour city. This book will have you laughing hysterically as you get inside awkward situations or hear embarrassing questions that guests have asked concierges... ...and the next second, you'll be tearing up at a particularly emotional moment a concierge experienced. What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Dozens of the finest Las Vegas concierges were interviewed to create this book, and gave their strongest memories about being a concierge...from hilarious requests to touching moments. Note from Author: "As a Las Vegas concierge, reading these stories makes me smile, laugh, and sometimes cry. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of collecting them, and I hope you love reading them. This is the perfect gift for friends and family who love Vegas, or for someone considering vacationing there. Order today and take a journey through the concierge's life in Vegas!"