In the first half, George Knapp welcomes author Bill Friedman, who will share the inside stories of the Prohibition Era’s most powerful leaders and how they later ran elegant, illegal casinos across America before moving on to build the glamorous Las Vegas Strip gambling resorts.
In the latter half, investigative journalist Toby Rogers (book link) will reveal the untold story of mafia legend Silvio Eboli, a Genovese mob scion who developed an organized crime operation which involved violence, drugs, celebrities, girls, construction hustles, and crime-family business meetings.
Toby Rogers is an award-winning author and investigative journalist. He is the author of Ambushed: Secrets of the Bush Family, the Stolen Presidency, 9-11, and 2004 and has written for the New York Times, the New York Post, the Village Voice, High Times, Clamor Magazine, and Houston’s Public News. Additionally he has also been featured on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. He lives in Brooklyn.
Bill Friedman is president of the Friedman Management Group, which specializes in solving casino marketing, design, and operations problems. He has consulted for forty years to casinos throughout the United States and in England, South Africa, Monaco, Australia, Russia, Canada, and several Caribbean Islands.
Friedman was president and general manager of the Castaways Hotel and Casino and the Silver Slipper Casino in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip for thirteen years. He transformed them from perennial losers into super successes, consistently in the top of Nevada’s highest profit-per-square-foot performers.
Friedman is author of the groundbreaking research work Designing Casinos to Dominate the Competition published by the University of Nevada Reno. He is also author of the seminal book for succeeding in the casino business Casino Management. He taught the pioneer course in casino management for the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s College of Hotel Administration in the early years during the decade of the 1970s.
For cycling enthusiasts whose interests fall somewhere between a 10-speed and a motorcycle, electric bicycles are a pretty solid alternative. Unfortunately, sometimes e-bikes look like this. But these new retro-styled ones from Vintage Electric look like something an extra in Jaws would ride around before all the bad stuff stars happening.
The bikes are from the Cruz line: they’re kind of campy, kind of beachy, and vintage in style only. Vintage Electric claims the bikes can reach a speed of 36 MPH in “Race Mode” with a range of 30 miles and a recharge time of just two hours. The company says the 3,000 watt, 3-phase brushless motor and 52 volt battery should last around 30,000 miles.
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