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I stayed at MGM (now Ballys) the weekend before the fire. Checked out 3 days before it happened! Hearing the reports and reading the stories as it happened was certainly chilling for me.DaveOKC
Hmmm.. Since we call Vegas "Mecca", does that mean the religous Pilgrims call Mecca "Vegas'?
DaveOKC wrote:I stayed at MGM (now Ballys) the weekend before the fire. Checked out 3 days before it happened! Hearing the reports and reading the stories as it happened was certainly chilling for me.
This is a subject that is very close to me, and I still have vivid memories of it. As many of you know, I was a dealer at the MGM back then, and was scheduled to go to work at noon that day. I received a phone call from a friend in Los Angeles at around 8:00 that morning telling me to turn on my tv because my hotel was on fire. I was stunned at what I saw, much of it in the videos that Blonde posted. I actually drove down to see if I could help, but was turned away because most of the volunteer helpers were just getting in the way. The Barbary Coast across the street had shut down operations was operating as a triage location. It was a truly surreal experience.
My first trip to Vegas was 1991 so I never saw this version of MGM. I keep looking at the old pictures and trying figure out what still remains as Bally's now. I wish I could see pictures side by side.
B - the current North Tower (I think of it as the East Tower) was the entire structure at that time. Plans were underway to build the new tower which was constructed along with the reconstruction of the older building. The area in front, where the people mover is now, was a guest parking lot then.
Bob! That is fascinating!
No, I never knew you were a dealer there.Ah, how soon we forget. http://blonde4ever.yuku.c...8526/Hello-From-Oklahoma
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