Here is this week’s Green Felt Journal, a tribute (in mostly his own words) to Burton Cohen:
Cohen grew up in the hotel business in Florida, and his 16 years of practicing law made him a perfect chief executive, able to read contracts and grasp their subtleties but also aware of operational realities on the front lines. In a 2009 interview with Claytee White, the director of UNLV’s Oral History Research Center, Cohen sketched out his life in Las Vegas, starting with the changes under way when he arrived in Las Vegas. The mob was on its way out, and big money was on its way in.
Cohen had a huge impact on Las Vegas, and I wanted to show how that impact was most keenly felt by the men and women he worked with.