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I wish there was a cool “About Us” story to tell. The truth is, I’m a salesman by day and a Vegas fan by night.

Growing up, my grandparents were Las Vegas enthusiasts and made places like Sands, Dunes, and Imperial Palace a second home. I distinctly remember the matchbooks and slot coin buckets they would bring home from classic properties and now enjoy their photos of classic Vegas.

Below is a photo of my Grandpa Ron ripping a royal at the Sands.

Image of a congratulatory card my grandfather recieved from Sands "Toasting his good fortune" with an image of him standing next to the winning machine

Vegas has so much history. For me though, it’s personal. I can stand on the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. in front of Cromwell and know, from photos, that my Grandpa stood in that exact spot looking across the street at Caesars Palace.

Caesars may have had a smaller footprint, Bellagio may not have been there and the scenery may have been different, but standing on that corner, I can feel the excitement he must have felt – I can damn near feel his presence.

Las Vegas is a special place.

I started this blog as an impetus to push me out of my comfort zone and experience restaurants, hotels, shows, and attractions that I normally wouldn’t. Exploring parts of the city that you can’t see from the craps table and sharing those experiences with you is something I’ve grown to enjoy

Ultimately, I just want to help people plan a better Vegas vacation.

If I think a topic will answer a question people have about Vegas – I try to answer it.

If you have something you’d like me to explore, drop me a line at Jake@LasVegasThenandNow.com.

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to come along for the ride!

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