National Affairs: Wilbur's Dream Joint

Nevada's wide-open Las Vegas (pop. 26,000) had seen a lot of memorable gambling joints—the opening of the late "Bugsy" Siegel's flamboyant Flamingo in 1946 had closely approximated bank night in a Turkish harem. But it had never seen anything quite like the uproar that rose last week when Wilbur ("God, how I hated that name when I was a kid") Clark threw open the doors of his sprawling $4,000,000, Bermuda-pink Desert Inn, invited the world to come in and help him get rich.

The town had figured that Wilbur was crazy when he set out to build his dream hotel three years...

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