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Hello from Las Vegas. Long time readers know that I always end that greeting with an exclamation point. Not today.

danny gans las vegas 1956-2009
Danny Gans
1956 – 2009

I was running behind on the newsletter this week and was just about to send when we all got the very sad news that legendary (and well-loved) Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans passed away Friday morning at the age of 52. To say that our community is heartbroken is an understatement. Even our local newscasters had problems holding their emotions as they reported the story.

Cause of death won’t be known for some time, but appears to be natural causes. Gans was a fitness buff who (by all accounts) ate an incredibly healthy diet. He was also very active in his church and his faith and a devoted family man. Hence, substance abuse or similar “early age death” problems would be unlikely. No one would confuse his lifestyle with that of Lindsey Lohan.

I never met Gans. The only thing he and I really had in common was a birthday (October 25). But he is truly one of those people you never heard a bad word about. His giving to the community through charity work was legendary.

I’m fortunate enough to have some Danny Gans video at his finest that I doubt you’ll find anywhere else. A number of years ago, we did some promotions with the Rio Secco Golf Club here in Las Vegas. Those avid golfers among you may know it to be the home of the Butch Harmon School of Golf. (Butch Harmon was Tiger Woods’ golf coach for many, many years).

Rio Secco gave me a VHS video featuring Butch’s golf school, golf tips, and similar promotions for online use. There was one thing on it they said I couldn’t use: Seven minutes of Danny and Butch clowning around (and Danny being amazingly funny). Gans was no longer playing at The Rio Hotel and Rio Secco golf club was associated with The Rio.

Today when I heard the news, I remembered this incredible segment that I wasn’t supposed to use. I dug it out, we encoded it, and now have it online. I think the fine folks at Rio All Suites Hotel here (and their parent company Harrah’s) won’t mind under the circumstances.

Danny Gans Clowns Around With Butch Harmon
At Rio Secco Golf Club Las Vegas

We also have an archived promo video from his time at The Mirage:

Danny Gans Promo From
Mirage Las Vegas Engagement

I had News Editor Mark Jacobs gather all the current local news stories links for those who want more information:

A couple of issues ago, I decried the fact that the lights along the Las Vegas Strip were turned off for an hour for Earth Hour. I noted that such an honor should be preserved only for those who had a significant impact on Las Vegas (I.E. members of the Rat Pack) or for national remembrance/mourning.

While no details at press time, the lights should (and probably will) be dimmed for Danny Gans. He deserves such a fitting tribute.

Enjoy This Issue,

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor

Associate Editor: Amy Rayner-Cooley
News Researcher/Editor: Mark Jacobs

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