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Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by waverunner, Jun 23, 2017.

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  1. waverunner

    waverunner ------VEGA$------

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    Speaking of the Stardust, just found some old photos i took in pre Mirage days in 1989. I'll try and upload them to my computer and post them.
    I have photos of the Stardust marquee sign with Lido and with Silver City in the background.
    I also have photos of Luxor before the expansion of the property with the Towers.

    I agree that the old resorts, like Stardust, Riviera, Sahara , etc, declined the last few years for a variety of reasons, but in the pre Mirage days (i frequented those places since the late 70's) the North Strip was in it's prime.

    The fact that the Strip was less dense with high rises afforded you the luxury of witnessing the beauty of the desert with golden sunsets at eye leve[ just ouside of Stardust.
    We no longer have that now with the density of the Strip blocking the desert facing West and East.
    That's what i miss the most about Vegas, the warm summer nights at dusk when the Neon lights would take full affect and knowing that you were in the Oasis of the Desert.
    Vegas used to be like Cairo, then one day it changed forever.
     
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    If you have a photo of the iconic "cloud of stars" sign with its original typeface (jagged) it's most definitely a keeper! I have many, but they all are of the sign after they re-did it with a Futura-like typeface, which matched the other signage on the property.

    I've heard the original typeface of the Stardust sign called both "Electra-Jag" and "Atomic" at times. If you search for "Electra-Jag" all you will come up with is the Stardust sign. It does not resemble the typeface commonly known as Atomic, nor does it resemble any fonts listed in the Linotype catalog under their Electra series. It does, however, vaguely resemble a stylistic typeface sometimes known as Elektra, (with no jag). :)
     
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    I really wasn't a pic taker in Vegas and i regret it. It wasn't till the camera phone came into existance where i always had my phone/camera on me.
    I took some pics in 1989 which is the only photographic evidence pre Mirage days. This is the only one of Stardust. I have a few more of Flamingo, Barbary Coast etc from 1989. i'll post them in the other thread.
    I'll also use the other thread to post pics of Luxor just after it opened.

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    Uh-huh, that's the good one, prior to the change!
     
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    vegaskid74 High-Roller

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    I think the name of that font is "Jetsons".
     
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    vegaskid74 High-Roller

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    You're making me misty eyed - seriously. I moved to Vegas in the early 90s when the Vegas you describe was already well on the way out, but I worked at the Ho, and I sure heard a lot of stories. Some of the old pit bosses I knew (all stereotypical Italian greaseball types, just like in the movies) at the Ho had worked for Lefty Rosenthal next door at the Stardust back in the day, and when I asked them if the stuff in the movie Casino really happened (breaking cheaters' hands with hammers in the back room, burying guys in the desert, etc.), they'd just smile and chuckle, but never did any of them deny it. I always interpreted those knowing smiles as "We did a whole lot worse than that."
     
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    I loved the Stardust so much. The Lido show was the first show I ever saw. It had the guy with the Orangutans. It was also the place I had my first hot roll of the dice at craps. $2 table. A guy on the other end of the table made a ton off my roll and tipped me a black. I had never saw that before. Many years later I was tipped 3 blacks at the Orleans last summer after a hot roll :) Stardust sportsbook had tons of great characters hanging out. Then go next door to the Westward Ho for their afternoon champagne fountain. Good times.
     
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    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    I'm a relative "newbie" to Vegas, actually started going when I just turned 50. Been going for 10 years now, but I sometimes wish I visited earlier, during the times that you guys are reminiscing about.

    I certainly could have visited these icons during their glory days, I guess back then I chose not to, tending to more other things I felt were more important.

    But I do remember having a conversation recently with a family elder about the Stardust. He was telling me about the good ole gambling days, and how the Stardust was his home away from home. As he was telling me about those days I saw his eyes stare off into space, and his voice rambled on and on in a monotonic trance, as if he was transformed into that magic era where drinks were plentiful and strong, discretionary comps were abundant and generous, and the casino personnel actually cared and were happy to see you.

    The Stardust was actually still open when I had my first visit to Vegas. Being a newbie I was overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of the Strip. I remember my companion saying "We don't need to go there", referring to that part of the North Strip.

    Back then not knowing any better I didn't argue. But now wish I did.
     
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    Loved Stardust!!!!
     
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    We only stumbled into the Stardust as a home port several years before its premature demise. Even at that late stage there was something about he old place. Good times.
     
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    My very first comp room was from Stardust, and my 1st hand pay.
    Also, first show....Enter The Night.
     
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    1st, 2nd, 3rd, trips to Vegas were Stardust stays. Fist big slot win was there ($500!!!) in 1994 dollars that was huge, first prostitute proposition was there...Thought she was really into me, and was going to have a Vegas "girlfriend" lol. Ah, yes, the naivete of a testosterone fueled 21 year old mind. My first comps (buffets) were there. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. FREE DINNER!!! Not realizing that I had probably bought a dozen buffets already. My first and only run in with Las Vegas PD was there; involved a pickpocket and a beer bottle. Even now 11 years after it's last day, it feels like a punch to the gut when I go by Echelon/Resorts World/whatever the fuck and see a giant metal skeleton.
     
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    I remember my Aunt (yes, Aunt), advising the twenty something me that the best "Ladies" were to be found at bars in the Stardust.
     
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    It's funny, that popped into my head too, I can't figure out why. I scanned a few pages of Jetsons images and didn't see anything even close to it.
     
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    The mention of "Stardust" also brings back good memories for me. Really miss it.
     
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    My late aunt (MSRIP) was really the one who turned me on to Las Vegas and she was amazingly cool for someone of that generation. :) She taught us kids how to play "Spot The Hooker" and yes, the setting was the bar (Starlite Lounge?) at the Stardust. :)

    She spoke nonchalantly about the Stardust (and several others) regarding the fact that they were run by the mob. (Yes, the legend of "Lefty" and "Tony the Ant" and company.)

    One thing I remember to this day, which she said just prior to my first LV visit, is that you did not at all have to worry about a mugging or purse snatch or anything like that. She said that should that ever happen, the casino security folks would not call the local cops, but sent out "Guido and the boys" to find the perp and have a "friendly chat" with him! :) Back then, the perps knew it and didn't try anything funny.
     
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    Some trips the only reason I went to the strip was to go to Stardust
    I miss the Stardust Frontier Riviera triangle
     
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    Admit it, you were looking for Judy.
     
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    Blondes aren't my thing. I'd go for Jane.

    Lois Griffin, too.
     
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