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The Aku-Aku in Las Vegas
bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11003
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-12 11:27 am   Permalink

...but you are right, Rob. I have turned my back on that city, I never wanna go there again, I got to experience too much of it in its classic state, even still in the 80s it was there...

The evolution/devolution of the Aku Aku documented in these postcards and stills is amazing, exemplifying the "bigger is better" boom town policy of Vegas:

First (ca 1959) the small shield sign, that is in proportion to the giant Eli Hedley Moai...

...then, (not much later), comes the "hey we need a bigger sign!" crossed spear sign, dwarfing the Moai..

...then, in the mid-60s, it is "hey the STARDUST needs a bigger than big-ass sign, and let's expand and envelop the Aku Aku with more slots and money milking stuff!"

Though I really would love to see a close up of that 60s box sign, those Moai with the sun look great! Aaaaah, time machine, where are you!!!

Here's one for Eli:



 
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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2008-01-12 12:00 pm   Permalink

My first visit to Vegas would have been about 1973 when I was 8. I fondly remember gazing up at Vegas Vic, waving down at me. And I recall being at Circus Circus, looking down at the casino floor, wishing I was old enough to gamble. Then the next visit would have been the late 80s. The old hotels were still there, but had been expanded a lot. But they were still miniscule compared to what would come in the 90s. Since then, I've been two more times. I've been in most of the large themed hotels, but they just don't do anything for me. But, given the power to do so, I'd gladly turn back the clock to the Vegas of old when there was more desert than buildings and when the rat pack was playing the lounge!

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11003
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-12 12:58 pm   Permalink

Not to veer of the subject too much, but just to share my favorite Googie neon place that was still around then:


My dad, visiting from Hamburg, in front of Del Webb's Mint in 1985!

The Mint in 1957:


Now THAT was Vegas!

...sorry, one more pic:

Yours truly at the YESCO sign graveyard, 1995



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icebaer69
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Joined: Feb 03, 2007
Posts: 194
Posted: 2008-01-12 2:36 pm   Permalink

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r.i.p.





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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2008-01-12 3:10 pm   Permalink

Okay.... that was just depressing. Go back to the earlier post!

 
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icebaer69
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Joined: Feb 03, 2007
Posts: 194
Posted: 2008-01-12 3:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-12 12:58, bigbrotiki wrote:
Not to veer of the subject too much, but just to share my favorite Googie neon place that was still around then:


My dad, visiting from Hamburg, in front of Del Webb's Mint in 1985!

The Mint in 1957:


Now THAT was Vegas!


unbelievable
i just switched on tv ... and saw "the mint" !!!
in the 1971 James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever"


 
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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3769
From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2008-01-13 09:16 am   Permalink

[quote]
On 2008-01-12 14:36, icebaer69 wrote:
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Why did the Stardust change its logo? Should have kept the same signage - and the globe.
Such a shame.

I wish I had seen it back in the day, but at least the moai is still a silent sentinel at Sunset Park.


 
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2186
From: SoMass
Posted: 2008-01-13 7:07 pm   Permalink

Preach on brother Kelbo! I drive a 1959 Chev Impala!!!!

 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7418
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-01-13 7:19 pm   Permalink

Ya'll need to get that Stardust Memories book.

 
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Ojaitimo
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Joined: Aug 04, 2006
Posts: 1305
Posted: 2008-01-13 7:31 pm   Permalink

My brother had this painting in a show about twenty years ago. It was a scene of the ocean far below and a small island with palms.

A transport plane with its wing on fire is surrounded by P-38's and going down. To the right these cryptic letters in rows of 8 letters in a graph box.
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It took me a while to fiqure it out, it seems to be true.




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Jungle Trader
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Joined: Jan 04, 2003
Posts: 3729
From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2008-01-13 7:34 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-12-31 11:21, RevBambooBen wrote:
p.s. not to be vain, but do our profiles look alike or what!?!?!



Maybe I should change my name to Rev Aku Aku !!!




Maybe your brow and nose but the forehead.........you should sleep with a 2 x 4 tied to your forehead to help push it back.


 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-01-13 7:56 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-13 19:34, Jungle Trader wrote:
Quote:

On 2005-12-31 11:21, RevBambooBen wrote:
p.s. not to be vain, but do our profiles look alike or what!?!?!



Maybe I should change my name to Rev Aku Aku !!!




Maybe your brow and nose but the forehead.........you should sleep with a 2 x 4 tied to your forehead to help push it back.



JT,

Did they kick you out of Bali Hijinks?



 
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TikiPug
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Joined: May 14, 2003
Posts: 788
From: Den of Sin / Pug's Pair-A-Dice
Posted: 2008-01-13 9:43 pm   Permalink



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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2008-01-13 9:44 pm   Permalink

No.


 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-01-13 10:06 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-01-13 21:43, TikiPug wrote:


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Why?


 
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