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A true Las Vegas legend, Robert Maheu, passed away

Aug 12, 2008 7:01 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | A true Las Vegas legend, Robert Maheu, passed away at the age of 90. Maheu at one time worked for Howard Hughes and helped take out the "mob" and turn Las Vegas into the current corporation that it has become.

There are conflicting stories when it comes to Mr. Maheu, but one thing that’s been reported many times is that he and Howard Hughes never actually met face to face. Maheu took his direction from Howard over the phone. Reportedly Hughes’ ill health was only partly to blame for his demise and it was the Mormon Mafia that ousted him from Las Vegas.

Old scandals continue to intrigue Las Vegas historians. My connection with Howard Hughes came about because of my relationship with Terry Moore. Terry was a young starlet that intrigued Howard. Moore claimed that after his death they had secretly married in 1949 and never divorced.

Although she could offer no definitive proof of her allegation, Hughes’s estate paid her a settlement in 1984. At the age of 55 she appeared nude in the August 1984 issue of Playboy magazine. Hughes, the billionaire movie producer, real estate mogul, aviation enthusiast did much to change Las Vegas and not necessarily all for the better.

But then, progress is progress.

There are so many ups and downs these days. The economic outlook is not so good, but gas prices are coming down. We had cloudy skies but no rain, lower temperatures with higher humidity, good shows followed by bad reviews. Never dull in Las Vegas, which is why it’s my kind of town.

Las Vegans have heart, so a good turnout is expected when Diamond Star Networking and Foundation for Positively Kids join forces for the medically challenged or terminally ill youngsters that need our help. There will be a reception and silent auction at the Plaza Hotel & Casino downtown starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 with music by Mason-Dixon Band.

This is a major fundraiser for the Foundation for Positively Kids which is a non-profit Las Vegas-based organization. What could be better than helping a child? Call Diamond Star Networking at (702) 248-3568 for reservations.

Last night, I attended the one year anniversary of Wayne Brady’s show at the Venetian. At this performance, he was in rare form. As an impressionist he’ll surprise you. His Tina Turner is over the top and he throws in James Brown, Johnny Mathis and the great Sammy Davis, Jr.

Wayne has dropped a lot of weight, really looks fit and his dancing is an added plus. In addition to his performances at the Venetian, Wayne manages to work in a weekly television show, "Don’t Forget the Lyrics." Seems the busier he is, the better he likes it.

Wayne Brady is here to stay at the Venetian and a true must-see. We also applaud him for his stance on proper attire for shows, especially the later evening ones. Remember when everyone dressed to go out – those audiences were a show in themselves.

Again, what’s wrong at the Sahara? Bernie Yuman and Nicole Durr, producer of the great "Havana Nights" show and of the soon to open "Raw Talent" are faced with yet another challenge. Seems the band reportedly quit abruptly over the contract they were handed. Only a rumor, darlings.

We’re all going to be glued to television for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. I love the opening ceremony with its spectacular production for world athletes to come together. Forget the politics.

It seems the campaign for President has been going on for years. It’s just exhausting, isn’t it? I’ve already forgotten most of the one-time potential nominees for the two major parties. Did everyone see the commercial for Obama with Tyra Banks? Am I dreaming or was that Michelle Obama?

The Hollywood baby brokers are at it again! In my opinion $14 million for baby pictures is just too much. Yeah, it goes to charity but it’s still too much. And while we’re on the Hollywood scene it seems we should leave Tomcat and Katie alone. They want to spend lots of money on their little darling and we should let them enjoy it.

After all, they could probably buy the whole town if they thought their princess wanted it. My own mother used to shop in the top boutiques in the Bronx buying my little dresses. Pun really intended.

Shia LaBeouf, who was arrested for the third time while driving under the influence, had to postpone his appearances for the next two months while his injuries heal. This is young Hollywood, right? Madonna is ready to start her tour, which includes her version of "Mini-Me," Britney Spears.

"America’s Got Talent" on television has its own version of Britney. His name is Derrick Barry and he’s a regular in "La Cage" at the Riviera. I know, you’re all disappointed since you thought he was a school teacher or maybe a salesman. No, he’s a real performer and he’s divine. Does Frank Marino have anything to worry about?

Let’s face it, reality television has taken over the airways, the latest being "Pam: Girl on the Loose." Don’t we already know everything about Pamela Anderson? Apparently reality television can be done relatively cheap but the recent episode of our girl Pam had her doing a garage sale and showing the viewers the shallowness of being a celebrity in Hollywood.

But then, your columnist should talk, since I was once a sex symbol, too.

Last year Great Buns, my favorite bakery on East Tropicana, was devastated by a fire. Fortunately for me and many others, Great Buns on West Sahara carried us through. Liz and the ladies at West Sahara are happy that the store (3270 E. Tropicana Ave.) has re-opened.

If you need to satisfy that craving for something sweet, try the cherry pie or any of the delicious goodies created by Great Buns. Be sure to tell them Monti Rock sent you. You won’t be disappointed.

Jackie Brett is no longer head of marketing for Imperial Palace, but she’ll land on her feet. A lot of downsizing for the hotels. Even with gas prices going down, there is a problem.

The grilled salmon is the absolute best at the Steakhouse 46 in the Flamingo. Every poster at the Strip resort is of Donny and Marie.

Rumor says singer Toni Braxton will be on next season’s "Dancing With The Stars." Also rumored are football great Dan Marino and TV reality star Kim Kardashian.

Our Mayor Oscar Goodman will be honored by The Showbiz Society at the Plaza Hotel on Sept. 6 for his outstanding contribution to the Las Vegas Entertainment Industry. For more info call 702-877-2278.

Kudos to the LV Philharmonic for providing the orchestral music of the Star Trek phenomenon at the annual ST Convention held at the Las Vegas Hilton. Having the Star Trek captain and a cyborg both on stage to join the ensemble was a wonderful touch to the festivities.

Finally, to Leanne Lindsey whose son Justin passed away five years ago, we will always miss him.