Today, January 12, 2021, The Las Vegas Sands announced the death of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson. On March 2, 1999, Ira spoke with Adelson prior to the opening of the Venetian Resort. This was the first time he appeared on a talk radio show. The program (then called Las Vegas Notebook) aired live on KDWN radio. Adelson talks about his battles with the Culinary Union and government officials; the property’s sidewalk controversy; his belief that he was forced into the local political arena; his decision to go after the high-end market and his vision for its expansion; his doubts about the Las Vegas Monorail; and his belief in the quality of the soon-to-be opened property.
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