|From left to Right:
Oscar Goodman, Paul Muggleston, Brad Collin, Carolyn Goodman, Swami, and of course John Schwabe.
I was privileged to perform for the "Sin City" Las Vegas Chamber of commerce hosted by my very good friend and lawyer John Schwabe.
It was an incredible night that featured "Smooth as Silk" a Motown group formed from the Temptations and The Flamingoes. Also featured was my dear friend "Brad Collin" as Elvis and I singing Roy Orbison and Neil Diamond renditions.
It was a night to remember and trust me, when John Schwabe puts on/hosts a party it parallels only to anything Hollywood can turn on with his efforts to make everything perfection, from his magnificent residence, the sound system and lighting, to the food and beverage service with numero uno security guards, it can only be described as par perfecto!.
Oscar was a lawyer for the mob in the early days of Las Vegas. During his career as a defense attorney he represented defendants accused of being some of the leading organized crime figures in Las Vegas, such as Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, Herbert "Fat Herbie" Blitzstein, Phil Leonetti, former Stardust Casino boss Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal, and Jamiel "Jimmy" Chagra, a 1970s drug trafficker who was acquitted of ordering the murder of Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. His most notorious client was reputed Chicago mobster Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro, who was known to have a short and violent temper. In the semi-factual 1995 movie Casino, the character of Nicky Santoro was based on Spilotro and was portrayed by actor Joe Pesci. Goodman had a cameo appearance in the film as himself while defending "Ace Rothstein", a character closely based on Lefty Rosenthal and played by Robert DeNiro. Goodman also represented former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, who was convicted of accepting illegal campaign contributions and eventually forced to resign. Hedgecock was later cleared of all charges on appeal.
Goodman was a senior partner in the law firm of Goodman & Chesnoff. Goodman currently serves as Of Counsel to Goodman Law Group, a Las Vegas law firm formed by his son, Ross C. Goodman. Goodman was elected mayor of Las Vegas on June 8, 1999, receiving 32,765 (63.76 percent) votes while his opponent, then-Las Vegas City Councilman Arnie Adamsen, received 18,620 (36.24 percent). Goodman was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2003, defeating five opponents and receiving 29,356 (85.72 percent) of the votes. On April 3, 2007, he was re-elected to a third and final term with 26,845 votes (83.69 percent), again defeating five opponents. Las Vegas law prevents the mayor, who has been called the town's "most popular mayor", from serving more than three terms.
Goodman was a member of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority before being elected mayor.
My thanks to John B Shwabe 11 for allowing me to print this photo and tell the story.