In our famously transient city, someone who remembers what the Strip looked like before Bellagio opened—or when the most famous Hilton in town was the hotel-casino instead of the spoiled heiress—is practically regarded as an old-timer. But leave it to Facebook to help separate the true Vegas veterans from the relative newcomers.
Numerous groups on the ubiquitous social media website have some variation of the title, “You know you grew up in [your city here] when …,” and our Valley is well represented. Las Vegas, Henderson and even Boulder City all have at least one page on which current and former residents reminisce about past treasures such as the Desert 5 Drive-In, Spring Fever, Vegas World, Roulette Rapids, L.A. Street Clothing, Vusic 21 and the Alpine Village Inn.
None of those ring a bell? Then you’re either not as entrenched here as you thought or you’re just not that old.
If you did grow up here, the Facebook posts can bring back a flood of memories, or just provide some comedic moments, such as the guy who recalled beating up Nevada Stupak in high school. Beware, though: Scrolling through the nostalgia can become addicting, and if you post something on one of the pages or respond to someone else’s entry, be prepared to get hit with an avalanche of e-mails from your old-school Vegas peers. No posts yet from Dan Tanna, though.
Don’t get the reference? The Vegas veterans do.