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Strip takes a Walk!

Nov 2, 2004 3:29 AM


Not to be outdone by Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Las Vegas last week christened its own "Walk of Stars" along the famed Las Vegas Strip.

The first "star" to be placed along the Las Vegas Walk of Stars will be Wayne Newton, who attended ceremonies at the New Frontier last week. Newton performed for some 15 years at the Frontier, where his commemorative plaque will be installed on the sidewalk in front of the hotel.

Similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is located along the sidewalks of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas version will honor people of prominence in a variety of fields, including entertainment, sports, literary, humanitarian, civic and military.

Each star will be a three-foot square slab of polished granite weighing 350 pounds and inlaid with the recipient’s name and specialty.

Other names that have been mentioned for the Las Vegas honor include members of the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, Siegfried & Roy and Liberace.

A committee assembled by the Las Vegas Walk of Stars organization will accept nominations and as many as 3,000 stars could eventually be installed.

Clark County has sanctioned about four miles of sidewalk from Sahara Avenue to Russell Road for the project .

"The County Commission is excited to be part of something unique and unprecedented on the Las Vegas Strip," said Clark County Commissioner Myrna Williams. "The Board is thrilled that millions of visitors who walk the Strip each year will see the names of people who have truly made a difference to our valley."

The Walk of Stars is funded in part by the Motion Picture Hall of Fame Foundation.

"We are extremely pleased to be shepherds of this project," said Robert Alexander, chairman of the Motion Picture Hall of Fame Foundation. "Las Vegas visitors will now have one more attraction to enjoy along one of the most famous boulevards in the world."