“The perfect expose…” Peter Martin
In this fast-paced, eye-opening, tell-all romp through 1970’s Las Vegas, Carolyn V. Hamilton’s social commentary names real names, real places, and real events. These true stories reveal keen insight into casino life in the Las Vegas of the era.
Fresh out of commercial art school, Hamilton has moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to join the newly-formed and short-lived Las Vegas International Circus. When she is hired for the opening of the MGM Grand, Hamilton quickly learns the ways of the casino world. Along with her fellow female workers, she battles sexual pressure from bartenders and the machinations of unscrupulous casino bosses who resent the tips players give to cocktail waitresses.
She also learns how government affairs really work as she deals with federal government job discrimination, a bigamist husband, and a 1974 crippling, city-wide Las Vegas Culinary Union strike that, while none of the cocktail waitresses take it seriously, proves to be an eye-opening political experience.
This is a highly personal, revealing and entertaining account of 3 years in the seventies in the life of a nice Lutheran girl from Seattle who finds herself making a ton of cash in Las Vegas’ newest, biggest, and most extravagant hotel/casino, the original MGM Grand.