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Otto Ravenholt

Clark County’s unassuming chief health officer focused only on the public’s needs, not the political infighting, in his quest to improve the quality of life on all levels.

Reed Whipple

A public servant who was on the City Commission for two decades found his true reward was serving both mankind and the Mormon Church.

Howard Hughes

Some of Nevada’s politicians saw the obsessive recluse as a cure for Las Vegas’ woes in the gaming industry but his unusual behavior was almost as tainting as the shadow cast by the mob.

Fred W. Smith

As a young newspaper advertising executive, he took a gamble on a place called Las Vegas and a man named Don Reynolds, and helped that man build a media empire.

Bob Martin

A young bookmaker who decided to come to Nevada where his profession was legal is credited with making sports betting what it is today.

Jay Sarno

The man who brought fantasy and families to the Strip with Caesars Palace and Circus Circus was never able to fulfill his one huge dream — building the Grandissimo.

William G. Bennett

Despite a shaky beginning in the financial world, a former Del Webb Corp. employee became one of the more successful gambling executives in Nevada.

R.G. ‘Zack’ Taylor

A fighter pilot-turned wing commander, whose tenure at Nellis Air Force Base was somewhat brief, had a huge impact on the base’s future as an elite training facility.

Robert Broadbent

The man who brought McCarran International Airport into the modern age began his political career as a Boulder City council member and went on from there to the county and then the federal levels.

Elvis Presley

Rock ‘n’ roll’s monarch traded in his black leather jacket for a white spangled jumpsuit and ascended to the throne via the viva Las Vegas rocket, saving both himself and the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World.’

Ray Chesson

A Review-Journal writer found many of his subjects in the saloons and on the streets of town — many were unbelievable, but all were real.

Jerry Vallen

At a time when no one thought much of ‘Tumbleweed Tech,’ an educator found a niche the young university could fill more readily than any facility in the nation — hotel administration.

Mike O’Callaghan

A war hero who became a rough-and-tumble politician has not retired into anonymity; he keeps in the thick of things with his newspaper column

Jim Joyce

A gentle giant in the political world, he roamed the halls of the Legislature for decades, spreading his unique brand savvy by using ethical arm-twisting.

John Luckman

The how-to king of personal gaming brought the finer points of many games of chance to the people through his publications.