13 March 2007
Another one bites the (Star)dust.
The Stardust was one of the first casinos I ever stepped foot into as a kid. Way back when Bobby Berosini was performing. At 02h30 this morning I woke up to what I thought was thunder...but when I drove to work at about 05h00 the dust was so thick, there was only about 15-20 feet visibility on the Strip. Then it clicked.
I remember watching the Landmark and the Dunes go down. I remember that when the Desert Inn went down, there wasn't an implosion party because it was only a month of so after 9/11, and out of respect they kept it low-key. I even remember Castaways (formally the Showboat) going down at 08h00, and how bizarre that seemed to me, until I remembered it was in a residential area. But now the Stardust, making way for Echelon. 50 years of Vegas history...it's actually pretty sad. And hate to say it, but when we were building the Wynn, I walked past the Stardust everyday on the way to my car, and I remember thinking, "I wonder when they'll tear this eyesore down?"
So for those of you out there that want to see it, here's the Stardust implosion.