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14 explore The month’s event listings to help plan your day or your stay 19 devour Where to find some of the best eats, drinks and foodie happenings in the Valley 20 desire Sin City abounds in worldclass shopping ... these are a few of our favorite things 22 discover Hot spots to go, cool things to do, hip people to see—the Entertainment Capital of the World, need we say more? 23 mingle Snapshots of the latest, greatest Vegas events
28 know Vegas’ movers and shakers and other local peeps you really ought to know
42 Teenage Wasteland The Challenges of Stabilizing Our Homeless Youth
58 Brian Siegel: Head of School at Henderson International School The month’s spotlight on someone of interest
32 style A look at the latest trends in fashion, footwear and accessories from some of the world’s top designers, and where they can be found 36 taste Inside view of some of the city’s top restaurants, cafés, diners and eateries
46 Tech Ed The Impact of Technology on Education Today and in the Future 52 The Reality of Success Pawn Stars Cast Makes Television Their Business
on the cover The cover of this month’s issue features the colorful cast of History’s hit reality show Pawn Stars, which is filmed in Las Vegas, Nev. The photo was provided by History.
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Chad Plummer holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and has worked for 20 years in concert, radio and tv production, with the last 12 being at Las Vegas’ KTNV and UNLVtv. Plummer has taught K-12 at Clark County School District, Andre Agasssi Prep and Midbar Kodesh Temple and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in education at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. In his free time, Plummer performs volunteer work, and co-produces and co-hosts “Homegrown” on 92.3-FM.
Jaq Greenspon is a noted local journalist, screenwriter and author with credits on The New Adventures of Robin Hood and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also is a literary and movie critic, has taught and written about filmmaking but is most proud of his role in the film, Lotto Love. A Vegas resident for most of his life, his native language is Hebrew, but he doesn’t speak it anymore.
Brianna Soloski has loved to read and write since she was a kid. Today she can be found blogging at girlseeksplace. wordpress.com. She used to want to be the editor of Vanity Fair, but is pretty sure Graydon Carter is going to be editor forever. She also wanted to run the Library of Congress, but the same person has been doing it since 1982. So, for now, she writes.
Pat Teague has been a practicing journalist, manager and editor for international and regional wire services, and has worked for several metropolitan daily newspapers. He also has worked for one of the world’s largest corporations and was one of five Southern Californians in the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored in 2000 for career achievement.
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Cameron Rafati. Through Aug. 31, 10 p.m.-11 p.m. & midnight-1 a.m., free, 21+.
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A Bevy of Burgers Home to the Extreme Burger, LBS: A Burger Joint at Red Rock Resort offers up a great selection of burgers, salads and other sandwiches. However, LBS doesn’t just have plain burgers on its menu: housemade creations, such as the bacon ’n’ eggs burger, has smoked bacon and a fried egg atop the meat patty, or diners can come up with their own creation using the do-it-yourself portion of the menu. For those preferring to eat healthy, LBS features veggie, chicken and ahi tuna options. Open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. LBS at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-835-9393. lbsburger.com
Go Greek Petra Greek Taverna brings traditional Greek food to Summerlin with the opening of its new location at Tivoli Village. Offering stunning views of the Red Rock mountains, Petra has a variety of meat, seafood and veggie dishes based on favorite Greek recipes. With a menu ranging from appetizers, to salads, to main courses, there is something to suit every taste, especially if it’s your first experience with Greek fare. And, daily specials are available. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Petra Greek Taverna, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas. 702-534-0200. petragreektaverna.com AUGUST 2011 DAVID
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If you’ve been searching for hard-to-find music, especially on vinyl, Zia Record Exchange is the place to go. Zia not only stocks music in a variety of genres, from past and present, it also carries a large selection of albums, many of which are brand new. In addition, Zia has a trading program that allows you to trade your old records and CDs for different ones or cash. The shop also holds live music performances. 10 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Sun. Zia Record Exchange, 4225 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. 702-735-4942; 4503 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas. 702-233-4942. zianation.com
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Looking to get away from the fast pace of the city? Jazz on the Lake, which takes place at Lake Las Vegas every weekend this summer, provides a festive close-to-home getaway. The live music event brings both national and local jazz artists to the stage. So pack up the cooler, grab a blanket and head out to the water’s edge for a relaxing evening. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat., free. The Village Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa di Lago, Henderson. 702-564-4766. lakelasvegas.com
Vintage Values Located in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas, The Attic is perhaps one of the biggest and best vintage clothing stores in the city. Since its founding in 1989, the store’s notoriety has taken off so much, it has been featured in a VISA commercial and in Vogue magazine. The Attic uses a unique business model of buying clothing for pennies a pound, pulling what they want and then donating the rest to a shop in Panama. Offering everything from fashion, to shoes, to jewelry, The Attic is a great place to find an outfit for your next evening out. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. The Attic, 1025 S. Main St., Las Vegas. 702-388-4088. atticvintage.com 22
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Nevada Broadcasting Association president-CEO Robert Fisher (center) moderates a panel on Israel and Its Neighbors, The Changing Landscape.
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Hadassahâ€™s new national secretary, treasurer and board members are installed by Bonnie Lipton (at podium), honorary vice president, at Hadassahâ€™s 2011 National Business Meeting.
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he sound of music wafts through the air. It is a warm summer night in downtown Las Vegas, and the area is bustling with crowds. There are food trucks parked along the streets, each one offering something different, the unique smells melding together. Itâ€™s enough to make your mouth water just thinking about it. Weâ€™re talking about First Friday Las Vegas, the monthly event that brings a variety of artists together in one place for everyone to enjoy. And although the First Friday street festival is currently on a 28
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led to a stronger love for art, which she obtained through books, museums and hands-on experience. From there, starting First Friday seemed like a natural next step. It took a visit to her son and a big push from a few friends for her to take the leap of starting something as big as First Friday. “While visiting my son in Portland, Ore., he took me to First Thursday, which had been in existence for nearly 25 years at the time. “I didn’t see a reason why it wouldn’t work in Vegas, so many months later, after having convinced a few friends to help, we started the event,” Funkhouser says. Now, nearly nine years later, the event has blossomed into a monthly activity that people look forward to with great anticipation. When asked about the growth and revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, Funkhouser says, “It’s moving along at an incredible pace, particularly given the current economy. New studios, urban lounges, restaurants are still opening; more artists want to come to the area … .” It’s clear to anyone who spends time downtown that it’s growing and changing. There are many event happenings, besides First Friday. Additionally, the art galleries and restaurants seemingly are thriving, even in this struggling economy. “The corridor Mayor Goodman has created is still growing. We couldn’t have done all we’ve done without him, and we are excited to work with (his wife) Carolyn Goodman as the new mayor.” The future of First Friday is quite bright, and Funkhouser is doing everything she can to grow it into something that will make downAUGUST 2011 DAVID
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town a hip, happening spot. She hopes to bring more diversity and expansion to the program, with even more artists opening galleries and wanting to get involved. However, First Friday is not all fun and games. When asked about the hardest thing regarding the program, Funkhouser says “balancing the interests of the public with the requirements of the city” is probably the most difficult. On the other hand, “the look on an artist’s face when they sell a
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f designer Diane von Furstenberg was to use one word to describe this fall’s underlying fashion trend, it would be “fearless.” Her new collection, American Legend, is inspired by three of the most iconic female luminaries in fashion design—Millicent Rogers, Gloria Vanderbilt and Diana Vreeland. Flair, wit, eccentricity, strength and panache is the message this fall, and all this and more is being exhibited in Las Vegas, Aug. 2224, at the MAGIC trade show. MAGIC is the preeminent trade event in the international fashion industry, hosting global buyers and sellers of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing resources. MAGIC is where new trends surface and develop into what will be seen on consumers. And, the event shapes the way the world, and Las Vegas, experiences shopping. MAGIC, held twice a year, in February and August, has made Las
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hat’s your favorite pizza?” is a question that invokes unabashedly adamant responses. Pizza, although Italian by birth, gained popularity here in the United States and became a quintessential part of our culinary lexicon that’s as integral as hamburgers, hot dogs and apple pie. Everyone has their favorite, and the response to the question is largely dependent upon where you grew up. New Yorkers swear by their thin 36
crusts, whereas Chicagoans love theirs thicker. Buffalo natives prefer their crust somewhere in between and even New Havenites have their own, although New Haven-style pizza is not represented in Las Vegas. Therein lays the beauty of Valley pizza; as a population of transplants, we have an assortment of pizzas available to us in a myriad of styles. Vegas is not (yet) a great pizza city, but it certainly has progressed in the past decade. Use the information given here
not as the definitive list of best pies in town, but rather as a starting point on an expedition for tasty slices—no matter where you’re from.
Aurelio’s Is Pizza Childhood memories invoke a certain unforgettable fondness, and for all you Chicagoans now residing in Las Vegas, the pizza you grew up eating is available right in town at Aurelio’s.
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Aurelio’s is a nondescript restaurant adorned with all the trappings of its south suburb Chicago roots, although you may occasionally find a stray reminder of the Northside Cubs that wouldn’t actually be found in a Chicagoland Aurelio’s. Otherwise, it’s a replica of the beloved original Windy City pizza shop. The pizza tastes the same here as it does in Richton Park, and if you don’t look out the window at the desert landscape, you’d swear you were back on the South Side. That is because all franchisees are required to ship ingredients from Chicagoland, so you’re eating the same pizza they are in the 708. Aurelio’s offers thick and stuffed pizza, but the thin crust pizza is what it’s most famous for. The pizza is cut into squares rather than triangular slices, a standard of Chicago thin crust pies. Toppings are typical of a neighborhood joint, including
the standard variety of vegetables, but what’s special about Aurelio’s pizza is the sauce and cheese. The sauce is sweet but not overly so, while the cheese blend— think cheddar and mozzarella—is thick and consistently browned to perfection. The combination is masterful and is probably why Aurelio’s recently celebrated 50 years in business. Aurelio’s motto, “Tell ’em Joe sent me’” is a nod to its founder, Joe Aurelio Jr. Now when you visit, you can tell ’em “DAVID sent me.”
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Another pizza franchise in the Valley is Grimaldi’s, the legendary Brooklyn pizzeria. The first Valley location opened in 2007, on Eastern Avenue in Henderson, which until recently was its only local lo-
cation and a distance from the West Side. Luckily for Las Vegans, two locations have opened west of the Strip, making Grimaldi’s accessible to a larger portion of the Valley’s population. The beauty of Grimaldi’s is in its authenticity. Little expense has been spared to re-create the conditions from the original that made it famous. Each of the local outposts uses a charcoal-fired brick oven, resulting in crustiness imparted with deep undertones of smokiness. Grimaldi’s coal is actually anthracite coal brought in via rail from Pennsylvania coal mines— just like in Brooklyn. The coal is not the only constant, either. Grimaldi’s has employed a chemist to analyze the composition of the original shop’s water, so it can be duplicated for dough production at each location. While you might be drinking Lake Mead’s finAUGUST 2011 DAVID
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est at the table, the water in the dough is strictly Brooklyn born and raised. What does this all mean? It means the pizza you’re dining on tastes as close as possible to the original. I suggest a straight cheese, which arrives with dollops of housemade mozzarella and a scattering of basil to complement the sublime tomato sauce; its success is in the simplicity. The pizza isn’t overwhelmingly heavy, but a pie suffices most appetites. After trying some, you’ll understand why this is a New York institution.
Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana Settebello is the elder statesman of highend local pizzas, having introduced true Napoli-style pizzas to Valley diners in 2005. Napoli-style pizzas are considered the purest form of pie from the native land and maintaining that heritage is the charge of the Vera Pizza Napoletana organization. VPN is a prestigious certification with rigorous membership requirements. Settebello is one of only 54 pizzerias in North America certified as VPN and the sole VPN certified pizzeria in Nevada. As such, its dedication to the Napoli-style 38
pizza making is unsurpassed locally. VPN requirements impose two types of provisions: ingredient restrictions and how the pizza is made. Some of the VPN requirements include specific raw ingredients used in the dough preparation; the dough must not ever be worked with a rolling pin, only the hands; the dough must be cooked directly on the surface of a bell-shaped pizza oven using only wood as fuel, as gas, coal and electric ovens are not permitted; only specific tomatoes are allowed, and Settebello uses San Marzano tomatoes, which were first cultivated in the volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius; and only fresh or buffalo milk mozzarella is allowed. As you can see, there are some strict rules associated with VPN. The attention to these details is apparent in the final product, as Settebello is producing what many consider the best pizza in the Valley. The quality of the ingredients is immediately discernible, while the pizzas themselves are thin, they are both mysteriously chewy and crispy in every bite. The traditional method of serving Napoletana pizza is uncut, so I suggest ordering your pie in that manner for authenticity
sake. Besides keeping your pie warmer than those that are precut, there’s something visceral that cannot be denied about tearing apart pizza with your hands. The highlights of Settebello’s menu include the Margherita pizza, the simplest of presentations consisting of crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, parmigiano reggiano and extra virgin olive oil and the Quattro Formaggi, a Margherita with the addition of fontina and Gorgonzola cheeses. The former provides a hint of nuttiness, while the latter provides the pungent punch typical of blue cheeses.
Due Forni Pizza & Wine The literal translation of Due Forni’s name in Italian is “two ovens,” so appropriately you have the choice of two pizza types—Neapolitan and Roman—that come from a dual set of custom-made appliances. Due Forni’s Neapolitan pizzas are similar to Settebello’s in that it’s both chewy and crunchy. The Roman-style pizzas are practically paper thin and crunchy throughout. Which you choose is a matter of personal preference predicated primarily on how thick you like your slices.
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Interestingly enough, there are many similarities between the westside’s Due Forni and the eastside’s Settebello. Each uses buffalo mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes in their thin-crust oven-fired pies but differ slightly when it comes to style of preparation and ingredients. Firstly, Due Forni uses gas-fired ovens versus Settebello’s wood-fueled version. Secondly, Due Forni’s ingredients are different. Its Quattro Formaggi is a different combination of gooey four-cheese goodness, including mozzarella, ricotta, Parmesan and fontina, and it also offers the rather unique earthy Tartufo, which includes black truffle and an over easy egg for a more contemporary pie. Due Forni is a comfortable, modern space with a covered exterior patio that has the ability to be buttoned down on windy days with closeable windows. A relative newcomer to the Valley scene, it’s most likely this patio will see substantial use when the weather turns. There’s no doubt it’s an excellent new addition to the westside and a worthy competitor of Settebello.
Amore Taste of Chicago As Rat Pack great and frequent Las Vegas visitor Dean Martin sang, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” As far as we can tell, he wasn’t specifically singing about Amore Taste of Chicago, but who’s to really know? What can be attested to is that its offerings truly live up to the billing as a taste of Chicago and probably the Valley’s best representation of what most people recognize as Chicago-style pizza—the deep-dish. You have to bring your appetite, and some friends, if you’re going to tackle one of these beasts. Even Amore’s “small” is a massive undertaking. With that said, it’s absolutely worth every effort it’ll take to get through it and any suffering that may occur from it. The pie overflows with a bright, tasty sauce and an ample amount of cheese, needing the extra thick crust to hold everything together. A product of a city not known for temperance when it comes to food, Amore’s deep-dish pizza does not disappoint. While they’re cooked in a conventional pizza oven and made with conventional ingredients, it’s hits the spot when you’re just in the mood for Chicagostyle pizza. Nothing fancy, just good. The space, like the pizza, is also very
simple, with pictures of Chicago athletes adorning all the walls as a reminder from where the inspiration for your food came. Of course, there are a variety of Chicago foods available, along with thin crust pizzas, but when you’re at Amore, why do anything but deep-dish? This is but a small sampling of Valley pizzas. We could have filled an entire issue with a pizza discussion, if permitted. So what’s the 5X6 final verdict the question, Master Bottomon 3/18/10 11:07 AM “What’s your favorite pizza?” With the choices on our list, it’s most likely the slice that’s in front of you next! —Jim Begley
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The Challenges of Stabilizing Our Homeless Youth By Brian Sodoma
he football stadium bleachers at Chaparral High School are not known for comfort. But they did the trick in a pinch for one homeless youth several years ago. Jose Alcaraz called that very location home for five months before finding the help he needed to turn his life around. “I sort of slept on top of the bleachers, so that way, I could see if someone was coming,” the teen says. Meanwhile, he fed himself by stealing food from area convenience stores. Alcaraz, now 18, was nearing the end of his freshman year at the school when his mother, out of work at the time, decided it would be best for him to drop out and move to Colorado with her. Alcaraz would forego his studies in order to help take care of his younger siblings, his mother assumed. But the driven teen had other plans. Coming from a long line of family members who did not see their education through, Alcaraz wanted to at least finish high school, with or without his mother in the picture. “I like to learn from other people’s mistakes,” he adds. And when delving into his family history, Alcaraz had plenty of mistakes from which to learn. A brother and sister that dropped out of high school and battled substance abuse and parents who never came close to getting a high school diploma themselves were some of the big examples. After a teacher learned of his situation, resources were found to help the teen. Today, Alcaraz lives in the independent living pro-
gram overseen by the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. He graduated high school this past spring with an honors diploma, a 3.6 GPA, and with the help of various grants and scholarships, he will be attending Northern Arizona University to study biomedical science. He hopes to be a doctor someday. He has occasional contact with his mother, a relationship he shows surprising maturity toward. “I think everybody makes mistakes; she made a big one. … I’m kind of thankful she did it. If it wasn’t for that, I don’t know where I’d be now. … It’s crossed my mind how this really turned out to be a beautiful thing,” he adds. Alcaraz’s roommate, Corbin Davis, shares a similar story. After living out of the Shannon West Homeless Shelter in North Las Vegas throughout his high school years, a situation that required a two-hour bus ride to and from Valley High School where he matriculated, Davis persevered through school and finished despite a meager GPA. “I would get off work at the 24 Hour Fitness juice bar at nine at night, take that two-hour ride to the shelter, sleep a little bit, get up and start all over,” he said. “Unfortunately, there just wasn’t a lot of time to really study.” Davis’s homelessness traces back to his birth. At just three days old, he was handed off to an aunt, who battled financial problems. Since he was a baby and toddler, he lived in and out of cars, shelters and various temporary living environments in Chicago. There never really was a home to speak of.
By the time he was in elementary school, he and his sister were helping his mother with drug deals masked as delivering packages and running errands for her. At 14, Davis relocated to Las Vegas to live with his aunt again in order to get away from his mother. After his aunt informed him she no longer had the means to care for him, Davis was left to fend for himself on the streets of Las Vegas at 16. Now 20, he will officially “age out” of the NPHY’s independent living program this fall. He has been attending community college and will be pursuing a business degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next year. The NPHY program requires the participant to be college or military ready by the age of 21. “I’d say the end game now is just to live a comfortable life, to be able to provide for my kids, whenever I’m ready to have them, just to have some stability. … I feel kind of behind in the game. … Truth be told, it’s been a very humbling last four years,” he says. “Throw-Away” Youth Sadly, Alcaraz and Davis’ stories are also part of an emerging trend since the start of the current recession. Referred to as “throwaway” youth, a growing number of the homeless population under the age of 18 brings similar profiles. In these situations, economic distress forces parents or loved ones to confront the reality that they can no longer afford to care for their older children. Of the 18 youths living in the indepenAUGUST 2011 DAVID
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dent housing units under the auspices of the NPHY, almost half share this unfortunate background, says Kathleen Boutin, founder of the organization. NPHY has served approximately 10,000 homeless youths through its drop-in shelter at 4981 Shirley St., near the Thomas & Mack Center, and through various partnerships with local homeless shelters, health care centers like the Huntridge Teen Clinic and housing assistance programs, since it started 10 years ago. “You can never address homelessness without having strong collaboration. … You need people who understand the homeless issue, social services … coupled with experts in housing attainment,” says Kathryn Power, director of the Center for Environmental Health Services for the nation’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. For throw-away youth, couch surfing is the first option, Boutin explains. Desperate youths burn through their contacts, seeking out any sense of stability. It’s this group that NPHY targets closely. For its Friday night street outreach program, some 100 families are served with clothing, food or other resources. Usually, a few couch-surfing youths are found through these contacts. The nonprofit’s volunteers often set up near UNLV, as college campuses are popular places for homeless youth. Boutin believes it’s because the young students are more accepting and generous. She says older homeless people, 44
who congregate in urban environments, often can be cruel to scared youths on the street. “These (couch surfers) are not kids just going to the Boys & Girls Club. This is rock bottom,” she says. Another way NPHY finds couch surfers is through its Safe Place partnership with the Herbst family. The 85 Terrible Herbst gas stations in the Valley serve as temporary shelters for runaways. From the sites, NPHY can then work to channel teens in distress to the proper places for school registration, reuniting with appropriate siblings, longer-term shelter situations, health care and basic needs. The program sees two to six calls every night from the Terrible Herbst stations. Boutin also explains that getting couchsurfing youths into stabilizing situations is important for the process of identifying mental health or substance abuse issues. “If we can’t catch the mental health or substance abuse by 21, they will become part of the homeless population for good,” she adds. In a NPHY 2007 survey of the adult homeless population, 50 percent were homeless as teenagers, Boutin notes. Even more, the survey highlights that nine out of 10 respondents had negative experiences with Child Protective Services when seeking help. “Social workers have a case load of 80 to 100 children. … Unless it’s sexual abuse, these kids (teens 12-18) do not get the attention like a 4- or 5-year-old would,” she says.
The system’s stresses come from all levels. Appropriate living situations are not the easiest to find, social services are taxed, not to mention free health care services also are feeling budget pressures. Huntridge Teen Clinic executive director, Steve Williams, says the clinic has fallen on hard times. Due to funding shortages, it now only provides medical services to about 1,000 youths a year instead of 2,500 in past years. Its dental clinic sees about 900 annually. The clinic lost a $100,000 Clark County Health District grant; roughly $50,000 in Tobacco Settlement money evaporated after 16 years; and funding from the University of Nevada, Reno’s school of medicine that was as high as $120,000 in past years has dipped below $50,000. Private donors who gave $10,000 to $15,000 in the past are now giving half of their usual contribution, he adds. “We’re seeing as many (uninsured youths) as we can with our resource limitations. But there really is no end to the demand,” Williams says. The Recession About four years ago, NPHY saw a spike in youths needing service from about 150 unduplicated cases per month to 300. Today, the volume has dropped back to previous levels, and the organization’s $1.5 million annual budget has remained somewhat intact. Nationally, there are more than 1.6 million youths experiencing homelessness at some point in any given year. Last year, Las
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Vegas’ total homeless population was roughly 13,000. Some 3,500 homeless youth were recorded in the Valley in 2004, and today, looking to the school district can supply some answers on how many children are considered homeless in the Valley. Myra Berkovits, who heads up the Title One-funded Homeless Outreach Program for Education unit with the Clark County School District, says there now are just a little more than 6,000 children deemed homeless by the district, up from 1,200 when she started with CCSD in the late ’90s. Berkovits isn’t one to sound alarmist about the facts, but obviously the issue is still growing. “We are a much larger district now than we were then,” she clarifies. “We’ve had homeless kids in our school district forever. They are homeless not just because of drug abuse or sexual abuse. There is poor health, undereducated people, a myriad of reasons why people make bad decisions. And some people just have lousy luck.”
homeless students: awaiting foster care, those living in multifamily situations because of economic hardship, and those residing in temporary housing such as motels, weeklies and RV parks are some of the gauges. Whitney Elementary School, near Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue, is one school highlighted for a high homeless population. A recent CBS News report claimed an 85 percent homeless rate for the school. Berkovits says that while the school has its
share of problems like children living in nearby weekly motels, the information may have been exaggerated. The figure, she explains, is derived from the number of children on free or reduced lunch, a factor but not the only determiner of whether a child is homeless. Even still, with a tough economy and high foreclosure rate, the homeless advocate still picks up on today’s desperation. “Basically, if you don’t have three to six months rent or mortgage in the bank, you’re pretty much three months from homelessness,” says Berkovits. With Alcaraz and Davis, the common theme in their success was the desire to stay in school. Advocates for homeless youth immediately point to this as a differentiating factor between a positive end result and continued homelessness. And the connection goes far beyond academics. “It’s a very human desire to have a structure around you. … When you lose those parameters around you—the discipline, the support and security of life—it’s hard to bounce back. … Children can bounce back from a lot of things, but they have to have that structure,” adds Power. Boutin’s group also spends considerable time educating teachers and police officers on youth homelessness, because oftentimes troubled teens are seeing disciplinary action before the full story of their home life is known. “Sometimes people need to be reminded that these kids didn’t just wake up one day and decide to make bad decisions,” she says. For more information about the Valley’s homeless youth population or how to find services to help a homeless person under the age of 19, contact NPHY at www.nevadahomelessyouth.org or call 866-827-3723.
Defining Homelessness Defining homeless youth can vary by region or metropolitan area. However, images of children sleeping under bridges are what seem to dominate the mind-set. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Berkovits says there are a few criteria in place, thanks to the Federal McKinney-Vento Act of 2001, that help the district identify AUGUST 2011 DAVID
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n today’s classroom, the question of whether old-school textbooks and oldstyle pedagogy should be scrapped for whiz-bang electronics and interactive learning is far from academic. Often, it’s economic. Many states, and countries as well, are moving gradually toward the day when heavy textbooks—which can cost $60 to $90 and more apiece—will disappear from schools, replaced by cheaper electronic versions that can be enhanced and updated. That is already the plan for all of South Korea, where the Education Ministry reportedly hopes to convert paper textbooks to digital versions by 2015. Such books could include supplementary materials and two-way study methods, and could be customized for the physically challenged. The Asian nation of nearly 49 million people, along with Finland, is perennially at the top of the world rankings of best educational systems. It reportedly plans to step up its online class offerings, starting in 2013 and continuing for three years. 48
It also intends to digitize all school subjects for elementary students by 2014, with migration to digital resources for middleand high-school students in 2015. In this country, West Virginia recently placed a moratorium on the purchase of social studies textbooks, preferring instead to reallocate $36 million for so-called ed-tech infrastructure. The state joins Texas, Florida and Indiana in encouraging, if not mandating, the move to electronic textbooks. The Sunshine State also reportedly has joined the Hoosier State and Louisiana in adding Discovery Education’s TechBook, a digital text for K-8 science classes, to a list of approved core curriculum resources for this fall. In Nevada, too, teachers and students are charging into a brave new whirl of education with confidence, savvy and lighter backpacks. Of course, technology has been in the classroom in some form since felt erasers, jagged chalk and cursive writing. Yesteryear’s instructional implements were as “simple” as manual and electric typewriters, overhead projectors, portable
TVs and mimeographs. Today’s are as “complex” as laptops, e-readers and electronic tablets. Have today’s digital natives—that’s educational speak for American kids who have never known a world without computers— become the masters of this new universe? Dr. Tammy Malich is the principal at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas. She straddles the old, simpler world of education and the new one inhabited by students deploying Droids and iPads, and a dose of insouciance. As she jokes, “ … Our kids are smarter, and they’re getting smarter—ask ’em!” Worldwide educational rankings for industrialized nations don’t justify the confidence some American students have about their performance. But comparing systems is difficult, given the U.S. philosophy of universal public education, the longer school days and school years of some nations, foreign cultural expectations, language hurdles and the antipathy some American teens have for schooling.
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Malich wants all her 2,800 charges at Legacy to succeed, of course. But she wants everyone else to understand that high school graduation, meritorious as it may be, should represent but a first step toward a proper college or university education. During the recent graduation season, Malich says, some families requested 50, 60, even 70 tickets, with relatives arriving from across the nation—ostensibly to celebrate a teen finishing high school. As for classroom technology, Malich says if it helps young people take a quantum leap ahead, prepares them in some way for jobs of the future, it should be exploited, not scorned or feared. “Technology in the classroom is, in my building at least, just (offering) more innovative ways to deliver instruction to students, in a format that they’re more accustomed to. “We currently teach a generation of kids who grew up with technology. They’re very comfortable with it. They’re very good with it. And they’re used to having information at their fingertips,” she says.
“ … I think we’ve made a shift, so that we embrace technology, encourage the use of it and then provide instruction in some technology-friendly formats.” For example, Malich says her school still has to buy heavy, expensive textbooks for her students. But the pupils also “get a password and a user ID to go online, where they have access to (a digital version of the) textbook.” Students who’d rather read the online volume can leave the weighty tome in their lockers, “so they’re not hauling the book back and forth,” Malich adds. The school district benefits, because there is “less wear and tear on the book,” Malich says, and it is “less likely to get damaged or lost.” “And for the students who prefer to view it that way, the textbook is at their fingertips, at home, (or) on their cell phones, for many of them. … ” She says some online books have a second-language option for students who need translation help and provide more problems to solve for those encountering a troublesome chapter.
The delivery system may have changed, she stresses, but the basic information hasn’t. Interactive whiteboards allow a teacher to project computer screen images onto something akin to a mobile movie screen, Malich says. “Students can come up to the board and interact with it. It has a touch-screen function, so they can manipulate items, or words or paragraphs, while standing at the screen. They are very cool instructional tools. “Kids like using those kinds of things. And, quite honestly, this generation is referred to by many as ‘the MTV Age.’ They grew up with the glitz and the glamor and the flash. “ … Gone are the days when the teacher can stand up in front of the room and talk at them and they listen to you because you (are) the teacher, and you have wisdom to impart upon them. “We’re vying for attention, and it’s in our best interest to be competitors and to deliver information in different formats. And the whiteboard is just one example. “There is also a technology that goes with
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the whiteboard as an option, (which) are responders. So each student would have an individual responder, which looks similar to a small remote control. And the teachers can post questions to prepare for a test, for example, or just to kind of ascertain where the class is with understanding. “And (the system) calculates how many have responded and what the answers (were) … and the class (and teacher) can see (the results). And so, (as) the teacher (I) get a real quick, easy determination (of whether) everybody’s with me. “Or they can do it competitively to prepare for a test, kind of play a … quasiJeopardy! game, if you will, with these responders. And the responders are such that they can set it to an ABCD answer choice, a yes-no, or agree or disagree.” Malich says her school, which is going into its sixth year, has a dozen rolling carts, and each contains 30 laptop computers, with wireless connectivity. Instead of sending the students to the two brick-andmortar computer labs at LHS, the “lab” essentially comes to them, she says. “Every student in the classroom can then have a laptop computer to do research live in the classroom,” Malich adds. She sometimes wishes students were a bit more discerning. “They don’t understand yet, that you can’t trust everything you read on the Internet. Just because it’s printed doesn’t mean it’s
necessarily information that you can accept with any confidence,” Malich says. “We also use a lot of web-based programs. Most of my career, technical courses have used completely web-based products. They try to stick to what business and industry are doing,” she adds. Such programs are ideal for teaching Legacy’s courses in accounting, sports marketing and auto shop, Malich says. One of the girls who recently graduated from Legacy took advantage of the auto shop offerings and is now “gearing up” for a new direction. The former ballet and classical music student will be attending a “NASCAR university” on a full-ride scholarship this fall, Malich says. Dr. Kendall Hartley used to teach highschool science in an Omaha suburb. These days, the father and volunteer coach is an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His most recent research there was focused on K-12 classroom teachers’ use of web-based technologies in support of teaching and learning, the kind of offerings Legacy provides. “What I’ve always emphasized with teachers and (with) people making decisions about them is to find those technologies that are well-designed, (ones that) work well for what teachers are trying to do,” Hartley says. Teachers get annoyed, he adds, when any kind of technology becomes a class-
room impediment: computers that eat up valuable instruction time while booting up, for example. As he puts it, “Good teachers are very sensitive to wasting time on things that aren’t getting them and their students where they want them to be.” As for specific classroom technology, Hartley says a “lot of people are interested in what the implications are for iPads and, really, iPod Touch(es), these smaller, cheaper devices that are easier to get into the hands of more kids. Because a lot of people believe that the true power of these things comes when each student has their own device.” He and others may find out sooner than they expect. Nevada is scheduled to get its first iSchool next year, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Students who attend the Explore Knowledge Academy charter school at Mountain Vista in the southeast valley, will receive new iPads and so will their teachers. Classrooms will have iMac computers and MacBook laptops, too, and a high-speed, high-capacity network to make it all work, the local newspaper reported. Apple, which makes the iPad, the iTouch and the iPhone, is not shy about touting all three devices as well-suited to teaching. The company claims its vast applets library includes vocabulary flash cards, math games and anatomy visualizers, enabling a student to learn far beyond the classroom.
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But Malich and Hartley remind us that there can be serious life obstacles for some students to overcome, before technology can play any significant role in their learning lives. Malich says she has a fairly large group of homeless students, as well as children who spend their evenings alone at home, while their parents work. The principal also says the “work ethic” of some of her students is insufficient to the academic tasks at hand. Hartley, who worries about Las Vegas children who are blithely shifted from school to school by their transient parents, says, “in general terms, I am excited about the potential for technology, especially when it is well-designed and focused on a specific topic and is well-presented.” He acknowledges that technology is not always an equal opportunity aid, that there are haves and have-nots, particularly in the home setting. His own children spend some of their time online at the free Khan Academy website. It is offered by a nonprofit educational organization that New Orleans native Sal Khan, who holds three Massachusetts Institute of Technology degrees and a Harvard Master of Business Administration, started in 2006. It features Khan on more than 2,400 micro-lectures on an array of topics, including physics, math, history, finance, astronomy,
economics, computer science and biology. It famously was begun as an online tutorial he did to help his cousin Nadia, who was struggling with her math lessons. Today’s technology has led to a proliferation of “virtual classrooms,” where students can engage in so-called distance learning. Critics say to be successful, a distance learning student must be self-motivated and self-disciplined, and must accept that there will be little interaction with other humans while taking a course. Often, say experts, group learning is optimal, and some subjects are mastered best when there is hands-on experience, which virtual classrooms cannot provide. And those who tend to procrastinate may suffer when there is no traditional school structure, say some analysts. They also cite the difficulty with such settings when the technology fails—the Internet connection is bad, or the learning software doesn’t work. For all its potential downsides, Malich believes classroom technology is inevitable and unstoppable. And she says her students want it that way, and that colleges and universities increasingly will find it economically advantageous to provide distance learning rather than purchase land and erect buildings. “Kids, hands-down, want to be in teachers’ classrooms that use technology,” Malich says. “They do not want to be in teachers’ class-
rooms that do it the old-fashioned way, or the old-school way. … for this generation, there is a greater need to be interactive with them and to engage them. “And it’s much more difficult than previous generations, where people sent their kids to school, and you listened to the teacher because a) she’s an adult; and b) she’s the teacher and ‘that’s why I sent you there.’ “That was good enough. We all went to school under those rules and we did it. Whether the teacher was boring or exciting, that’s kind of what we did. “Now, we’re appealing to, or educating, a group of kids, (and) they didn’t grow up with that. They didn’t grow up with stagnant information. They grew up with real-time information, changing even faster than … I can even imagine. “We’re educating a generation today for jobs that don’t even exist yet in many cases. But I think, from a preparation standpoint, that’s the huge advantage, in that online learning—by far, futurists would say—is going to outweigh teacher-led post-secondary classroom settings.” After all, says Malich, “It’s cheaper for them to put a teacher behind a screen and shoot it out to 50 people wherever they live, to watch and interact in an electronic format, than it is to have everyone drive to a community college or a college classroom at 9 a.m. to get the content face-to-face.”
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as Vegas is, without question, the Entertainment Capital of the World. Its shows, nightclubs and other nocturnal diversions are without peer. But the daylight hours, filled with sweltering heat in the summer and closed swimming pools in the winter, long paled in comparison. That all changed more than two years ago, in July 2009, when a show called Pawn Stars debuted on History (previously known as the History Channel) and changed ... well ... history. “It is now the No. 1 show on cable,” says Rick Harrison proudly. “A lot of Monday nights, I am the No. 1 show, including networks. I’m on in 130 countries, and, I think, 30 different languages. All that in two years.” Harrison is the co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, where the show takes place. The premise of Pawn Stars is simple: Someone has something to sell, and Harrison, along with his father—Old Man—and son—Corey “Big Hoss”—want to buy it from the individual. This is how the show differs from PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, one of the other television shows to which it is often compared. On Roadshow, people scour their attics, garages and grandparents’ trunks to see if they can find that one-of-a-kind artifact and get a possible value on it. At Gold & Silver, Rick has no problem telling you how much the item might be worth, but then he takes it a step further and offers the cash right then and there to take it off your hands. Of course, in today’s world of unscripted television, there’s a little more to it than that. Chumlee, Corey’s boyhood friend, is a surrogate son to Rick and a solid fourth member of the TV staff. The interactions between these four, as well as their specific knowledge of the
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products coming in, have made this show one of the biggest hits on television. “The Harrisons (are) special in that they’re like a living, breathing Trivial Pursuit board game,” explains Brent Montgomery, whose Leftfield Pictures produces the series. “They just know more stuff about more stuff than anyone I’d ever been around, and they could easily take an item and tell you all the interesting stuff about that and then go off on a tangent. They can give you the macroand the micro-history around something. If it is a World War II weapon, they can tell you why the weapon was created initially, and how it changed the war. It became a very organic way to do the show and (a way) to make it right for the History Channel.” Montgomery had come up with the initial idea for the show in late 2008, while visiting Las Vegas for a bachelor party. “We drove by a pawn shop, and I said, ‘That must be a really cool world.’” Upon his return to New York, Montgomery asked his development person to see if she could find some great characters, hopefully a family, involved with Vegas pawn shops. “She came back and said, ‘I could only find two families: One is a Greek mother-daughter who I couldn’t understand on the phone, and the other are these wild characters.’ They already had a clip on YouTube, so I watched it, and they were very entertaining.” At the same time, Harrison had been trying 54
to get a show off the ground on his own. “I’d been on television a lot of times. It seems like, at least once a month, some film crew from another country was coming in and doing a story on me, because they found me really fascinating. I got a few national spots, I got PBS to do a documentary on me, and it was really great for business. Really great. So I figured, ‘Hey, we ought to get a reality show.’” Of course, getting a show on television is never easy. Harrison had been at it for more than four years, even shooting a pilot for another network, but nothing ever came of it. “Quite frankly,” he says, “I just got tired of dealing with Hollywood and started dealing with New York. It seems like everyone in Hollywood was, ‘let’s take our shoes off, smoke some pot and talk about it.’ “That was so much like their attitude, and when I started dealing with people in New York, it was just ‘Let’s do business’—a completely different mind-set there.” Montgomery, back in New York, understood completely. He and Harrison had a fateful meeting of the minds. “While they were in that ‘wanting to be on television mode’ (and) that’s what we do, we come up with creative ideas to make unscripted TV shows.” Coming quickly to an agreement, Leftfield headed to Vegas and shot a presentation tape, a ‘sizzle reel’ in
industry parlance, during the course of a weekend. Montgomery had hopes of selling the show to an entertainment driven network, A&E or TRU, but set up a pitch meeting with History as well. Then something strange happened. “They walk into this guy’s office (at History), and his DVD player breaks,” explains Harrison. “So they start walking down hallways, sticking their heads in doors (saying,) ‘Hey, you got a DVD player?’ “Then they walked into the vice president’s office, and he says, ‘Go ahead, use mine.’ They play the DVD, he looks over and says, “I like that, order a pilot. Usually that’s a month-ortwo-long process. (Leftfield) filmed the pilot, they showed it (to History) in late March, three days later, they ordered a season.” The show premiered on July 19, 2009, three months before its originally scheduled date, due to poor ratings of another show on the network. Pawn Stars hit the ground running. Its initial broadcast drew 1.3 million people, and the numbers have been growing steadily ever since. Suddenly, the pawn shop that almost hadn’t been was an overnight international sensation. Founded in 1988, Rick Harrison beat the system when he opened Gold & Silver. The Harrison family had moved to Vegas in 1981, and the Old Man—yes, that’s really what people call him—had the dream of opening a pawn shop. Unfortunately,
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that was impossible. There were no pawn licenses to be had. The ‘good old boys’ in town had passed an ordinance back in 1955 that the city only could issue one more license once the town’s population reached 250,000, which seemed impossible at the time. In 1987, then-22-year-old Rick wanted to know the full reason why his dad couldn’t fulfill his dream. “So I went down there and read the city code. That was in ’87, and I realized when the city’s population is a quarter million, we get a pawn license—it’s got to be close. So every week I started calling the city statistician and, in April of ’88, he said, ‘Yeah, we now believe it’s a quarter of a million.’ Literally, 15 minutes after he told me that, I was at the city business license office saying, ‘Give me my license.’” From the beginning, though, Harrison wanted Gold & Silver to be different. To start with, he placed his shop directly on Las Vegas Boulevard, halfway between the famed Strip and downtown. He was able to get the tourists. But that’s not what separates him from the rest and why he has his own show. That honor belongs to his inventory. “I was bound and determined to take that expensive, obscure, high-end stuff, the stuff (other pawn shops) would not take. They have a business model that works for them, and they take power tools, they take basic jewelry, they take basic instruments.
They have a computer database. Someone walks in there with a Bundy saxophone they can type into their computer, and their software will tell them what to pawn it for. If you walk in there with an 1830 Death Clock, their computer starts smoking, and they just go, ‘Go down the street to Gold & Silver. They take weird stuff like this.’ I developed a reputation for taking the odd and unusual stuff, and it grew and grew and grew, so instead of competing against 43 other pawn shops in Vegas, I had 43 other pawn shops sending me merchandise.” “It’s the reason why the Harrisons can’t franchise their pawn shop,” adds Montgomery. “All of this is appraisal. That’s how every deal starts. And if they can’t appraise it, they have to go and find somebody who can. The fact is, they can appraise stuff. If there’s a million items in the world, and a normal pawn shop can appraise 100 of them, these guys can appraise 50,000. So it’s their knowledge of history and appraisal that allowed them to do that, and that’s what made it an awesome show. We couldn’t have done this show for the History Channel, if all they could do was the run-of-the-mill stuff.” Of course, having all that great stuff around—including, since 1996, a required original Picasso on the wall—does not a TV show make. The production needed people to bring in items to sell. Brent Montgomery
knew they were going to have to be creative, at least to start. “The first season … was a little bit more of a waiting game. We made the cast part of the process, (telling them) when people bring stuff in, you can’t buy or sell it without our cameras rolling. Sometimes our crew is on lunch break, and a Colt revolver walks in, and we have to end lunch early and go shoot with it.” Of course, anyone coming in to the shop to sell something must sign a release. For all intents and purposes, the shop itself is a constantly shooting film set, like a stadium or concert. Even if you’re not there specifically to be on camera, there are signs everywhere indicating that, by stepping inside, you are consenting to be filmed for television. This doesn’t seem to stop people from showing up, though. A busy day of 200 to 300 people a few years ago now seems like a relief compared to the 5000 who come by daily to catch a glimpse of the stars and hopefully sell their wares. Sometimes, the producers even have to stop people from entering in order to make sure they get their shots without bystanders jumping in front of the cameras. Even though the shop is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the production schedule usually runs Monday through Friday, when the four leads are working. The 10-hour days are relatively short for a nonscripted show, but with two episodes AUGUST 2011 DAVID
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you need to have interesting items,” adds Murray SawChuck, one of the experts Rick consults with if an item is out of his normal purview. SawChuck, who hosts the Harrisons’ live appearances across the country, was first brought on the show to authenticate a set of Houdini’s shackles. “Because it’s a show on the History Channel, this is a really cool way to learn about history. That’s the greatest thing about this show. “So when I come in, I talk about an item, I try to have three major points that are really intriguing about the item. I usually come in with five or six, and then they edit it down to two or three.” The Harrisons also do this, which, according to everyone involved, is a primary reason for the show’s popularity. “The reason I think people like the show so much is it’s different every week,” says Harrison. “It’s Pimp My Ride one week; it’s American Chopper one week; it’s Antiques Roadshow; it’s different every week. People really enjoy the history lessons. “For some reason, people just love to watch Chumlee, I don’t know why. And they
“Rick Harrison ended up calling me and wanted me to restore a pump in an old gas pump,” recalls Rick Dale, owner of Rick’s Restorations and the star of the Pawn Stars spin-off, American Restoration. “Next thing you know, a couple weeks later, here comes a Coke machine and then boom, boom, boom, we did like 10 of them for him, 10 different things. It was fun! “During all that, the History Channel and the production crew came to us with an idea: they’d like us to be on our own show.” Dale, 52, has been in the professional restoration business for almost 30 years but now, he’s having more fun than ever. He, business partner-fiancée Kelly Mayer and their crew keep themselves busy by finding the challenges inherent in every piece the restore. And it’s not easy; it isn’t Ikea, where everything has easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and the only tool you need is an Allen wrench. Dale explains the process he and his team go through: “When it comes in, the customer usually has some kind of an idea what it is; it’s not like they just picked something up. “And the other thing is, they’ve looked around, they’ve tried to find somebody to do it; nobody else has been able to, so the challenge is there. Kelly, who is my research team, she ends up going online, researching where it came from, what it looked like in the day. ... Then, when we tear 56
love my dad, who really is that grumpy old guy, old navy veteran. I think there are a lot of reasons people watch the show.” They don’t just watch, they also want to participate. On weekends, the four fly all over America to do live appearances and appraisals, and the shop in Vegas is thriving. As Montgomery points out, “They’re one of the top destination spots in Las Vegas. The great thing for fans is you go there, and these guys actually work there. If it’s Monday through Friday, they’re probably going to be at the shop. “It’s not like you can go to the set of Grey’s Anatomy. Or even Deadliest Catch; you can’t go out to the Bering Sea.” At the end of the day, though, it’s about the people and the items they bring in. And those things that make the show interesting. “I hear from moms all the time that it’s the only show the entire family can sit down and watch,” says Harrison. “There’s a few bleeps during it, but I don’t ever let it get beyond that. I’m not there for drama. If they want to film me doing my job and get a history lesson, I’m more than willing to do it.” And we’re more than willing to sit and watch. And learn.
it apart, it’s very important that you ‘reverse engineer’ it. If it doesn’t work, you have to make it work before you tear it apart. If you don’t, and you get it into a million pieces, when you’re putting it back together, you don’t know how it worked. We take pictures and write a lot of things down as we’re tearing it apart, and as it goes back together, we use those pictures and what we wrote about them as a manual. For Dale, the older pieces have a more appealing aesthetic. They give him the feeling that he’s giving to his customers a piece of their history. “Somebody brings something in that came from their grandparents, and they remember it as a kid. The look on their face when they come in—they’re so happy, I made them cry—it’s incredibly emotional! So that’s what’s driving me now to do this stuff.” The smile is evident when he talks like this; he’s truly found his calling. But then, that may have something to with the fact that Dale feels like he’s a part of the pieces he is restoring, like he remembers them. “It’s weird. It feels like I’ve been reincarnated. It feels like I’ve worked on it before. So it’s not unfamiliar when I see something, and I work on it. When I tear it down and put it together, I get this strange feeling like I’m in the ’40s working on this. I can feel the history, the different guys who’ve worked on it. I get this—I don’t know what it is—but that’s what I mean, I feel like I’m reincarnated from the ’30s and ’40s. It just feels like that’s where I’m supposed to be.”
airing every week—two half-hour episodes air back-to-back on Monday nights at 10— the show is a “marathon.” For the guys, especially Rick, the show is a full-time job over and above the running of the shop. Actually putting the shows together also requires a bit of juggling. “Stuff is usually shot within the same few weeks,” explains Montgomery, who serves as the show’s executive producer. “We think the bottom line for the show’s success is variety. If for some reason, Rick did most of the scenes one week, we want to make sure we get the Old Man, and Chumlee and Corey in there as well, so we may use something from the week before. “In the same way, we want variety within the guys; we want variety within the items, so if some weeks they get all weapons, we would probably hold one of those weapons and insert something that might be literature, or art, or something else. “(The show) is shot scattered, as opposed to a lot of shows that are shot in a linear fashion. We think that’s a big part of the success, that we can kind of pick and choose the variety of the shows.” “When you’re producing a TV show
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grill Brian Siegel Head of School, Henderson International School Brian Siegel began his career in education at a private school in New York City. In 1989, he came to Las Vegas, where he worked for more than 13 years at The Meadows School. Initially, Siegel was the athletic director, but he eventually took on numerous academic positions. After moving to Tennessee and then Florida, Siegel was contacted by the Meritas Corp. and asked if he would be interested in returning to Las Vegas as to run the Henderson International School. In his role as head of school, Siegel deals not only with the daily operations of the institution but also construction, contracts and more. DAVID: Any role models or inspirational influences that helped determine your career path? SIEGEL: I’ve been lucky to work with several great mentors during my career, and (newly elected mayor of Las Vegas) Carolyn Goodman would definitely be among them. She taught me a lot about how to handle all the problems that go with running a school, how to deal with parents and be classy. DAVID: What do students get out of private school as opposed to public school? SIEGEL: Private schools deal more directly with the child by being involved in the child’s testing and keeping class sizes small with a 20:1 student-teacher ratio. And, since we’re a voluntary situation, behavioral issues aren’t a problem like in public schools. DAVID: Any suggestions for improving the current condition of our state’s educational system? SIEGEL: The solution to improving the state of education is hiring teachers who make the child the focus and raising the standards, not lowering them. The best thing I ever heard Mayor Carolyn Goodman say was, “Whatever you pay a good teacher isn’t enough; whatever you pay a bad teacher is too much.” DAVID: How do private schools compare to public schools in Clark County regarding curriculum and enrollment retention? SIEGEL: Compared to the school district, our curriculum is a year ahead, because we do more than the standards. As far as enrollment retention, being a k-8 school, our parents are 58
emotionally and financially invested in their children’s education. DAVID: As an authority figure in a school, how do you bridge the generation gap, so that you don’t appear “cluelessly unhip” in front of the kids? SIEGEL: My kids are 11 and 13 years old, so I live the life of adolescence at home. I still play ball with students and bring my dog to school with me daily, which the kids love. So to be a strong administrator, you can’t take yourself too seriously; you have to be able joke around and talk to the kids. If you do that, they’ll open up and give you real feedback. DAVID: Since parents are responsible financially for private-school enrollment, do you find they have greater student-performance expectations than parents of public-school kids? SIEGEL: I don’t see the parents’ expectations as just wanting to see where their money is going; they come from being emotionally invested. If a kid isn’t meeting expectations, the communication needs to be there to ascertain why. It really comes down to “taking a village to raise a child”—we can’t do it without the parents. DAVID: Describe what you believe the future of education will look like in Clark County.
SIEGEL: There is a broken paradigm, not just in public or private schools. For a long time, Vegas was a city where you could make a decent living with an advanced education. So many people look at the job market in this town and think, “Why should I get a master’s degree when I can make more money parking cars, serving drinks, dealing cards, etc.?” We have to explain to the kids the importance of not just getting a job but also an education; not only so they possess critical thinking skills and be more complete people, but so they can compete financially in the long term when they get older. DAVID: How are schools adjusting their curriculums in preparation for future employment trends? SIEGEL: The old ways of memorize and regurgitate are over. Sure, you have to know math and spelling, but critical thinking is key. Its not enough to get information from iPhones and iPads, but you have to know what to do with it once you have it.
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