Gone, But Not Forgotten

A number of legendary figures who helped shape Vegas’ past, present and future died in 2015. To honor their work, we invited guest essayists to provide special insights into their personalities, their accomplishments and their legacies.


‘Quintessential Western Sheriff’

Ralph Lamb | April 10, 1927–July 3, 2015

BB King

‘One Kind Favor’

B.B. King | September 16, 1925-May 14, 2015

Betty Willis at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, she is the woman

‘A Badass’

Betty Willis | May 20, 1923-April 19, 2015

kerry simon

‘The Favorite Guest’

Kerry Simon | June 17, 1955-September 11, 2015


‘Master of the Deal’

Kirk Kerkorian | June 6, 1917-June 15, 2015


‘A Brand Unto Himself’ | ‘The Thoughtful Uncle’

Jerry Tarkanian | August 8, 1930-February 11, 2015