This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Geoff Schumacher, author of “Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia, and Palace Intrigue,” Revised and Expanded. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Schumacher talks about the new material he has added to this revised and expanded edition, including the impact of Howard Hughes on Las Vegas; the men who assisted Hughes in gaining property (including casinos) in Nevada; who had the most influence on him; why Hughes remains an important figure in history; and his surprising legacy in Las Vegas.
Schumacher is the vice president of exhibits and programs for the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his master’s degree in history from Arizona State University. Schumacher had a twenty-five-year career in journalism, with stops at the Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas CityLife, Las Vegas Mercury, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Ames (Iowa) Tribune. He is the author of (in addition to Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia, and Palace Intrigue) Sun, Sin & Suburbia: A History of Modern Las Vegas and served as editor of Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State. Schumacher is associate editor of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly and has edited, co-edited or contributed to seven editions of the annual Las Vegas Writes anthology for Nevada Humanities.