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Reaction to Sarno Roundtable at Lied Library

The Sarno Roundtable event went off on Sunday at Lied Library. It was a tremendous experience, but don’t take my word for it. Here’s what KSNV has to say:

You can access that report here if the embedded video isn’t happening: Biography profiles Caesars Palace developer Jay Sarno

The Las Vegas Sun also covered the event:

David Schwartz, director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming, moderated the panel through discussions of Sarno’s life in Las Vegas during the 1960s. The panel members talked about Sarno’s court battles with the FBI, his legacy on the Strip and his eccentric lifestyle that made him a divisive figure in Las Vegas.

“There was nobody in Las Vegas who was neutral on the subject of Jay Sarno,” Schwartz said. “People loved him and people couldn’t stand him. There was no middle.”

Jay Sarno remembered for doing ‘something nobody had ever done before’

But you don’t have to take their word for it—you can listen to the entire roundtable right here, since it’s now a UNLV Gaming Podcast.

I’d like to thank everyone from Lied Library who helped plan and run the event, all of the panelists for showing up and being so candid, and everyone who attended. It was truly a great night, and a sign of just how important Jay Sarno was to the development of Las Vegas.

September Sarno talks Grandissimo on Ralston Reports

On Friday, Jay Sarno’s daughter September was the guest on KSNV’s Ralston Reports, in advance of the March 2 event at Lied Library:

It’s a great glimpse into Sarno’s life, and a chance to hear what one of his children thinks of the book.

The I-Team tackles Grandissimo

Last Friday, George Knapp of 8 News Now’s I-Team ran a feature on Jay Sarno’s legacy and Grandissimo:

While some might think the father of the Las Vegas Strip is mobster Bugsy Seigel, or casino titans Kirk Kerkorian or Steve Wynn, the true architect of modern Las Vegas might be a self-described degenerate gambler named Jay Sarno.

While there is no statue to honor Sarno’s memory, there is a new book that tells his amazing story, warts and all

I-Team: The Man Behind Modern-Day Las Vegas

I’m glad that George reached out to me for this. Here is the video of the story:

8 News NOW

And a link to the video if that embed doesn’t work. 

Watch Grandissimo on Frequency

Last Thursday, I took part in Frequency, DTLV.com’s interview series. It was a great night, and I’m thrilled that the event was recorded so that you can see it for yourself:

Watch Frequency With David G. Schwartz, William Swaney and Wassa Coulibaly

I’d like to thank my friend and editor Greg Miller for being a great interviewer—wonderful questions and we could have talked for much, much longer.

Watch Grandissimo on Frequency

Last Thursday, I took part in Frequency, DTLV.com’s interview series. It was a great night, and I’m thrilled that the event was recorded so that you can see it for yourself:

Watch Frequency With David G. Schwartz, William Swaney and Wassa Coulibaly

I’d like to thank my friend and editor Greg Miller for being a great interviewer—wonderful questions and we could have talked for much, much longer.

Grandissimo on Peter Greenberg Worldwide

I was one of many guests interviewed on Peter Greenberg Worldwide’s radio show. You can listen to the episode here:

Peter Greenberg Worldwide – Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace – January 18, 2014

 It was a nice chance to talk about Grandissimo for a national audience, and I’ve got to say that Peter is one of the best interviewers I’ve encountered. Totally conversational, but always moving the show ahead, talking with him on air is just great. I also talk candidly about my past career as Mr. Peanut, among other things. 

Grandissimo in Literary Las Vegas

Grandissimo has a write-up in the View’s “Literary Las Vegas” section:

Atlantic City native David G. Schwartz has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has hands-on experience in the gaming industry. Since since 2001 Schwartz has been at UNLV, where he serves as the director of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research. The professor, speaker and consultant is also the author of several books on the gaming industry including his newest “Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas.”

Literary Las Vegas: David G. Schwartz

There is also a brief excerpt from the book. 

Grandissimo on Hotel Interactive

The Grandissimo media tour continues, this time as the author spends some time with Glenn Haussman, host of the Hotel Interactive podcast:

David G. Schwartz is not just a PhD but also the Director, Center for Gaming Research, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, an amazing historian as well as the author of several books including Roll The Bones, which is a history of gambling since the dawn of time and his newest, Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, the story of Caesars Palace developer Jay Sarno.

Friday, January 10, 2014

To listen to the podcast, follow the above link or go here

John L. Smith talks Grandissimo in the LVRJ

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith recently wrote a column discussing several books that would make great stocking stuffers. Grandissimo was prominent on that list:

In a casino industry bursting with praise for its current ringmasters, Steve Wynn, Sheldon Adelson, Gary Loveman, and Jim Murren among them, it’s possible to forget that it was Sarno who dreamed biggest of all at a time the gambling racket wasn’t exactly for the weak-kneed….Thanks to Schwartz’s efforts, the grand casino ringmaster Jay Sarno will long be remembered.

Tales about Las Vegas make good stocking stuffers

Click through to read the entire list—there are some good ones on it!

Tipping the Odds with Grandissimo

The Grandissimo media tour continues with a guest appearance on the Tipping the Odds podcast. I enjoyed talking about the book with Mitch and Dr. Kev:

Tipping the Odds #91: Interview with Dr. David Schwartz

Direct link to show

Listen in—it was a lot of fun recording it. I’m still trying to think of an appropriate Vegas story for their book prohect.