Were there Hookers in the Desert 100 Years Ago?

VegassignLas Vegas celebrated its 100th birthday last night, but not in typical Sin City fashion. With not a stripper in sight, Mayor Oscar Goodman, who once defended hitman Tony “The Ant” Spilotro (immortalized by Joe Pesci in Casino), led a reenactment of the land auction that first set the city in motion.

The AP reports:  Dressed in a cowboy hat and vintage garbs, Mayor Oscar Goodman, the former mafia lawyer, kicked off a mock auction by taking on the persona of Sen. William A. Clark of Montana, who founded a railroad depot in Las Vegas. . . . An auction announcement said people could bid on lots ranging from $100 to $750. But “the sale of intoxicating liquors will be prohibited, excepting on blocks 16 and 17.”

$100 lots and no booze? My have things changed in the last 100 years.

Playboybunny_1By the way, speaking of Goodman, hats off, and for some fine lady, clothes off, to him for becoming the first politician to take on the role as guest photographer at Playboy.com. He photographed Miss January 2001 Irina Voronina in the Hugh Hefner ultra-sweet suite high atop the Palms Hotel & Casino.

“I had a great time shooting this pictorial for Playboy.com,” said Goodman. “Personally, I have always been a fan of Playboy and the way they celebrate and honor the beauty of women. It was a wonderful experience and I learned a great deal about photography too.‚Äù

We’re sure you did.

Now go celebrate the Mayor’s handiwork and celebrate 100 years of Vegas by checking out the pictorial of Irina Voronina in the Playboy Cyber Club, beginning today, May 16.

PdiddyWant to know how not to celebrate 100 years of Vegas? Declare May 14th “Diddy Day.” Yes, unfortunately Mayor Goodman has quickly fallen from our graces by honoring Sean Puff Daddy Diddy John Combs with his very own day to coincide with the 100 years celebration.

Mayor Oscar Goodman explained, “This weekend is about celebrating Las Vegas and having a good time and and who better to invite to a party than P. Diddy.”

Should we start naming people now?


3 Responses

  1. spades

    May 16, 2005 11:14 am, Reply

    maybe P. Diddy will show up in a shirt that say Play Poker or Die.
    if you don’t get the refernce… its like his Voter tees that said Vote or Die. which did absolutely nothing for voter turnout for the demo he was trying to reach.

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