Note: This is a past article from November 07, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE
19th ANNUAL LAS VEGANS OLD-TIME REUNION
by Dr. Adele Zorn
(center) Founder of Old Time Reunion - Thalia Dondero
Founder of Old Time Reunion - Ken Johann
Kevin Buckley-Event Chairperson and Dr. Adele Zorn
Old-Time Reunion Party was once
again held at The ORLEANS Grand Ballroom. This was the 19th annual
celebration for LAS VEGAS residents who have lived here 30 years or more.
Nostalgia, camaraderie, great food, drinks and musical entertainment was
enjoyed by long-time Las Vegans.
This great idea took hold eighteen years ago when a group
of long-time Las Vegans would get together for breakfast at Bagel Mania.
Claudine Williams, Ron and Art Lurie, Davey and Lou Pearl, Ken Johann, Abe
Fox, Ruthe Deskin,
Jack Kogan and Paul Endy had so much fun talking about old times, they
decided it would be great to share this kind of nostalgia with others who
had lived in Las Vegas for at least 30 years.
The first Old-Time
Reunion Party was held at ARIZONA CHARLIES with 500 people attending, and
each year, the gathering gets bigger. I don’t know how many guests were at
this event, but the place was packed to the hilt. The amazing thing is that
the event is not even advertised, but somehow the word gets out.
Unfortunately, many of the founders are gone, but they left a legacy that
has become an annual celebration.
Long-time Las Vegans at the party include Las Vegas movers
and shakers and everyday people brought together by the fact that they have
been here long enough to realize how wonderful this town is (or was). Long-
time residents had experienced living in an atmosphere of a small town where
everyone knew one another. They had witnessed the phenomenal growth of Las
Vegas becoming a big city metropolis and bemoan the fact
that now neighbors do not seem to even know each other. Although the
town has grown so much, and most long-time Las Vegans complain about the
growth, celebrants have so much fun and excitement in seeing one another and
reminiscing. I have attended every Old-Time Reunion Party since its inception at
ARIZONA CHARLIES. Then it
was held at THE
STARDUST and now at
Guests pay $45 to attend and this includes a
dinner, entertainment, and two drinks.
Musical Combo playing during Cocktail Reception
Bob Coffin and Peter Anthony
Standing: Marty Allen and wife – sitting: Lou Toomin and daughter
19th Annual Old-Time Reunion Party started with a Cocktail
Reception in the outer ballroom with a combo playing music. Many old timers
can remember Sasha Semenoff who would always
play on his fabulous violin with a combo during the Cocktail Reception, but,
unfortunately Sasha Semenoff has passed, and he
is certainly missed.
Cocktail Reception, old friends were able to greet and enjoy meeting each
other. Among guests were the original founders: Thalia Dondaro and Ken
Johann and current Chairman of the event, Kevin Buckley. Seen mingling were:
Jim Marsh, Marilyn and Mel Larson, former Governor Bob Miller and Sandy
Miller, Bob Coffin, Peter Anthony, Denny Weddle, Angie Wallin, Julie Gilday
Shaffer, Joanne Titus, John Flood, Rosita Kanes, Susan Houston, Lou Toomin and daughter. Others were: Dr. Lonnie and Sandy
Hammergren, Senator Mark Manendo and Robin, and Former Judge Bill Jansen and
Cocktail Reception, guests entered the Mardi Gras Ballroom for dinner
and entertainment. During the evening Videos that were part of Las Vegas’
heritage of long-gone hotels, historical places and events were screened on
the walls such as:
McCarren AIRPORT’s - First
FIRST POST OFFICE - 1915 on the
GOLDEN NUGGET site
CLUB BINGO - 1947 – became the
SAHARA in 1952
HELDORADO DAYS - 1951
DUNES, RIVIERA, AND TROPICANA –
CASTAWAYS – 1963 became THE
CIRCUS CIRCUS - 1968
– became El RANCHO
Michael T. Orchestra (Michael Tramontana) with singer Corrie Sachs
Videos of old-time places played around the Ballroom walls
Guests at Ballroom during dinner – notice old-time videos being played on
T Band with vocalist Corrie Sachs
played throughout the evening.
quite good and even better this year.
A blend of Butter Leaf, Spinach
Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce with Dried Cranberries, Candied Walnuts and
Crumbled Bleu Cheese with a Champagne Vinaigrette.
Entrée: Filet Mignon with Pinot Noir Sauce and
Grilled Chicken Breast, Chef’s Selection of Fresh Vegetables and Scalloped
Potatoes Napoleon – Rolls and Butter
dinner, Michael T introduced special entertainment by singer Chadwick
other guests enjoying the party were:
Center - with wife Mikey - former U.S.
Congressman Jim Bilbray – Sam
Lieberman on (r)
(L) Marilyn and Mel Larson - Nora and former Judge Bill Jansen
Senator Mark Manendo with Dr. Adele Zorn
Beverly Mykisen, Rosita Kanes, Denny Weddle and Susan Houston
Edy and Henry Kronberg with Paula and Dr. Joe Quagliana
Nelson Sardelli, Beverly and Mike Mykissen, John O’Reilly, Bob Goslin, Maynard Sloate,
Maureen Kane, Ginger Magleby, Sallie and Vern
Clapp, Paul DePiero, Vicky Sessler, Rochelle Hornsby, Sheryl Leeland and first pageant winner of Ms. Senior Las
Vegas, Dorothy Guralnik. Everyone enjoyed this
annual event and said they will be looking forward to the next
Old-Time Reunion Party.