Being a father has its close shaves


If asked, Las Vegas architect Windom Kimsey could reel off an impressive list of professional credits. He is the president and CEO of Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects.

But those who know him realize there’s no greater achievement in his life than watching his daughter, Claire, grow up.

When Claire was diagnosed at age 10 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), parents Windom and Annelisa immediately focused on helping her get through her lengthy and arduous chemotherapy treatment at St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tenn., and in Las Vegas with Dr. Jonathan Bernstein.

With her leukemia in full remission, today Claire is a healthy and successful high school student.

It was during her challenging treatment process that Kimsey came to appreciate the growing need for improving the research and treatment of childhood cancer.

That’s why each time this year Kimsey shaves his head as the leader of the Bald By Design team in the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at McMullan’s Irish Pub and other locations across the valley. St. Baldrick’s is the largest private funding source of childhood cancer research.

This year, however, business out of the country prevented Kimsey from doing his part. So he decided to delay his team’s cutting festivities until 4 p.m. today at McMullan’s. Approximately two-dozen members will go bald for the cause in hopes of raising more than $60,000.

MILLER’S GAMBLE: A crowd estimated at more than 100 turned out Tuesday evening at the Barnes & Noble store on Rainbow Boulevard to buy signed copies of former Nevada Gov. Bob Miller’s book, “Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor’s Mansion.”

To read Miller’s version of events, his political career wasn’t so much planned as embraced by serendipity. One day in 1982, state Attorney General Richard Bryan suggested Miller leave the Clark County district attorney’s office to take the state position because it was a clearer path to the governor’s office.

“Governor, I thought,” Miller writes. “Who said I wanted to be governor? I never began with such goals. I just looked for what could be my next challenge and what would have pleased my dad.”

Miller gradually warmed up to the idea and eventually served a decade in Carson City.

PERSONAL FOUL: Exiled NBA referee Tim Donaghy hasn’t let his criminal record stop him from producing “Personal Foul,” his version of his role in a 2007 betting scandal that rocked the league. He will sign copies at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mob Museum and is set to hold court at 6:30 p.m. the following day.

Touts the museum, “In his career with the NBA, Donaghy tracked personal relationships that existed between referees and players, coaches and owners to successfully pick games correctly 75 percent of the time.”

Reading that, you would almost think Donaghy didn’t disgrace himself and the league.

KLIP ‘N’ SAVE: The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s annual hair-raising fundraiser, Klip it for Kidz, is set for 11 a.m. April 6 at Town Square. The local charity offers a variety of programs to benefit children with cancer and their families. For more information, go to nvccf.org .

While we’re on the subject of worthy childhood cancer charities, if you get a chance, check out the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation Garden of Hope behind Mundo restaurant at the World Market Center as it grows into a green oasis in the middle of downtown.

ON THE BOULEVARD: Moving day at the Meridian? Say it ain’t so. Police cars, an ambulance and a Clark County Fire Department emergency vehicle dropped by. It was just another day at the handsome condominium complex located off the Strip near Flamingo Road. That’s where Ammar Harris and some of his girls resided before the early morning of Feb. 21, when police believe he shot and killed Kenny Cherry Jr. after an argument inside an Aria nightclub. Now the Strip’s brazen pimp culture is back in the news.

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