Look up to the sky
You’ll never find rainbows
If you’re looking down.
Swing High Little Girl, Charles Chaplin, 1969
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By The Last tear (Lou)
The work of destroying Michael Jackson’s reputation and life has begun in the last years of the 80’s and it continues even now, several years after his death. In the 80’s, his enemies knew that the task was difficult because of Jackson’s astronomical popularity and wealth of course. Several measures had to be taken in order to sully his name and destroy his business capacity.
In 1993, the first attempt to demolish Jackson’s business took place through the Chandlers’ case. At that time, Jackson had bought the ATV catalogue and with the help of John Branca and associate, he was trying to buy another famous catalogue, Jobete. And we know how that ended; although Jackson was open to share the management of ATV catalogue with some heavy people in the music industry especially with David Geffen, he still failed and had to walk away (Please read parts 1-3 and 5 of Michael Jackson, Captain EO and the business of conquering the world).
After “the 93 case”, it was obvious that the star was targeted and to save him from his adversaries, something had to be done. At that time (from the end of the 80’s to mid 90’s), the American music industry was about to change; new actors- the big foreign companies especially Japanese – had bought or were about to buy the music companies. Jackson who had already signed a mega deal with Sony in 1991, followed John Branca’s advice and merged his ATV catalogue with Sony’s songs and publishing rights in 1995. The merge gave enough power to Jackson to remain in the business and it shielded him for a while. During the second half of the 90’s and the beginning of the 2000’s, Jackson fought valiantly to protect his reputation and to expand his businesses while his opponents and their media used “the 93 case” and the false accusations to sabotage every step Jackson took to develop his business.
Despite all the destructive attempts used against Jackson, he did not give in. “To finish him up”, his opponents invaded his life using other methods. Several greedy people with questionable past surrounded Jackson and used Michael’s wish to develop his business to their advantage; they pushed the star to agree to suspicious and / or false deals and when Jackson found out the true nature of the deals and withdrew, they sued him. The myriad of “managers and advisors” and the growing number of the lawsuits against the star gave more food to the tabloids and the media; they tried hard to forge Jackson as “an unreliable and unstable person” who should be abandoned. And of course Martin Bashir’s treachery and the 2003 trial should be added to this list.
Besides Jackson himself, his adversaries had also targeted the successful collaboration between Jackson and John Branca not only in the 80’s and the 90’s but also in the 2000’s. Obviously, as long as the pair Jackson-Branca was operating, anything could happen: another catalogue acquisition, another mega merge or another gigantic deal. Jackson could not be destroyed!
Recently, the blogger VMJ (Helena) has published a well researched post, Defending John Branca ,with some examples which illustrate what I said above, about the methods used by Jackson’s enemies.
In Helena’s blog, Goldman Sachs, a big American company and their plan to acquire the ATV catalogue in 2002-03 is exposed. Goldman Sachs hoped to push Jackson to sell his catalogue by giving him a bad deal; they said that they would turn Jackson to the “next Bill Gates”. Probably Jackson did not buy entirely their “proposition” and after consulting Branca who was against the deal, Michael did not sell his catalogue.
Additional information about Goldman Sachs: Among all the assets owned by Goldman Sachs, we have seen their shares in the Australian Channel 9 which recently has broadcasted Conrad Murray’s interview with 60 minutes:
Channel Nine on brink as banks circle
Business National TV and Radio
Date September 26, 2012
 Nine’s heads are believed to have met with representatives of the key creditors – Steven Sher of Goldman Sachs, distressed debt specialists Ken Liang and Edgar Lee representing hedge fund Oaktree, and Asia Pacific head of hedge fund Apollo, Steve Martinez, along with his colleague, Kevin Crowe 
Goldman Sachs agrees to Nine debt deal
- by: John Dagge October 10, 2012 2:35PM
CHANNEL Nine’s junior lender Goldman Sachs has accepted a debt restructuring proposal, a move which boosts the broadcasters chances of staying out of receivership.
Goldman has agreed to accept a 7.5 per cent shareholding in the company, a further 12.5 per cent equity parcel if the broadcaster is sold for more than $2.3 billion, and up to $1 billion in debt.
Goldman, which had previously asked for a 30 per cent shareholding, said it was accepting the deal in order to keep Nine out of receivership.
The deal must also be signed off on by US hedge funds Apollo Capital and Oaktree Global Management, which hold more than $1 billion of senior debt in Nine.
Both have said Nine is not worth $2.3 billion and insist on taking full control of the company 
18 October 2012, 5.43am BST
Debt deal saves Channel Nine — for now
 The major lenders will convert loans to a dominant shareholding, owning a 95.5% stake in Nine. The Goldman Sachs-led second-tier lenders would get a 4.5% share, or about $100 million —a tenth of what they had initially invested 
As we know, after Goldman Sachs came other “savers” who wanted to “revive” Jackson’s business. We have mentioned several of them in our blog Some Dates and Names- Review 3- the Return of the King: The Bahraini Prince, Tohme Tohme and Tom Barrack of Colony Capital, Tom Burckle, Philip Anschutz, Paul Gongaware, Randy Phillips, … .
In the final parts of Michael Jackson, Captain EO and the business of conquering the world which will be posted during this month and the next one, we will study again the 80’s to understand the heart of the issue but also the 90’s and the 2000’s to see more examples on how Jackson was sabotaged and pressured to sell his assets and go away.
And what about Conrad Murray?
Two days after Michael Jackson’s death, Conrad Murray and his lawyer went to the police in Los Angeles to answer some questions. Nobody knew who he was and what he had done to Jackson. Soon after June 27th, people began to talk about Murray and more knowledge about this man came up.
It was during the manslaughter trial that we discovered most of the truth. The prosecutors called several doctors and specialists in the witness stand; they explained to the world how Murray killed Jackson. Every move of the felon was discussed and some of his tricks were revealed. Several of the doctors in the witness stand were in uproar because of Murray’s actions which had sullied the name of the medicine.
In fact, we have gathered here some pieces (from different sources) and have created Murray’s biography. Please, review this puzzle. The paragraphs in light blue are the acts that ordinary people could do in their lives. The dark red paragraphs show Murray’s troubles. The clear red paragraphs are related to the dark red parts:
Conrad Robert Murray was born on February 19, 1953, in St. Andrews, Grenada. His mother Milta spent most of her time in Trinidad and Tobago in search of better paying work; Murray lived with his maternal grandparents, two Grenadian farmers.
Conrad’s father, Rawle Andrews, was a Houston area physician who died in 2001. It has been said that Andrews focused his career on offering medical services to the poor. Conrad didn’t meet his dad until he was 25.
After high school Murray volunteered as an elementary school teacher in Trinidad, an experience he followed with work as a customs clerk and an insurance underwriter.
At the age of 19 he bought his first house, and then later sold it for a decent profit to support his university tuition in the United States.
1978 his first visit in US
1980 second visit in US and he met his father for the first time.
First marriage: 1984-1988
Second marriage: 1989 (we don’t know if he divorced his second wife)
1980-1999: he studied at Texas Southern University, African-American Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Murray enrolled for additional training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and then completed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. Other training stints followed; he studied at the University of Arizona on a Cardiology Fellowship, and landed back in California, where he eventually worked as the associate director for the interventional cardiology fellowship-training program at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.
1992: He filed for bankruptcy in California and had a string of tax liens in California and Arizona between 1993 and 2003.
1994: he was arrested for domestic violence against Janice Adams, who also mothered two daughters with him, while he was a cardiologist working at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
In 1999, Murray fought at the court over child support. Nenita M. (another of his women he has child with) won but Murray never paid for the child.
In 1999, Murray left California for a second time and struck out on his own, opening up a private practice in Las Vegas.
2003: for the first time, Murray met Bridgette Morgan a stripper from Cheetah’s (the club is ranked as $$$ = pricey) in Las Vegas. Their relationship continued until 2009. She was one the girls Murray called on June 25th while Jackson was dying in the bedroom.
In 2004: Murray bought the 5,268-square-foot home in October 2004 for $1.1 million. It has four bedrooms, three fireplaces and a pool, a luxury home at 2426 Grassy Spring Place in the Red Rock Country Club.
Probably in 2005: he met Nicole Alvarez stripper from Crazy Horse Too club (the club is ranked as a $$ = moderate) in Las Vegas. Alvarez started dating the doctor after giving him a private lap dance in her strip club’s VIP lounge. Her close friend Ben Harris said she later showed him a check worth $4,000 Murray had given her and said: ‘I’ve hit the jackpot.’
Until 2009, Murray paid $2,564 / month for Alvarez’s flat in Santa Monica, California while he lived with his second wife Blanche. During her testimony on day 6 People vs CM, Alvarez said they had lived together for 3 or 4 years in Santa Monica. Their son was born in March 2009.
In 2005-2006: John Thomas, distributor of a drink called Pit Bull, said that in 2005 and 2006 Murray had the rights to distribute the product in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean island nation where Murray lived and worked before coming to the United States in the 1980s to study medicine.
In 2005: Murray took several “girls” to Trinidad to do commercial for Pit Bull. About this trip, Geraldo Rivera said on his show: Murray as cavorting with Las Vegas models he flew to Trinidad to help him promote “a very unhealthy” energy drink. One of the models was Karen Chacon. For more information, search her on the Internet.
The drink never gained popularity in Trinidad. Murray paid his bill for a first shipment, then didn’t pay for three subsequent shipments said Murray’s business partner, John Thomas. [Thomas] claimed Murray owed him $68,000.
In 2006, Murray expanded his scope and returned to the city where his father had made a name for himself to open the Acres Homes Heart and Vascular Institute.
In 2007, Murray was sentenced to 25 days imprisonment.
Jeffrey Adams, a security guard who testified at Katherine Jackson vs AEG Live trial (August 21th, 2013) described how Jackson and Murray met the first time:
At the beginning of 2007: Murray’s friend, Jeffrey Adams, who had a security company and had coordinated some of MJ’s body guards, heard from Basheier Muhammad, one of MJ’s guards who knew Adams, that MJ needed a doctor for his children who were sick. The name of Murray came up and the body guards assured Jackson that “the Doctor was reliable”.
Adams’ testimony concurs with what we have written in our blog MJ’s Timeline Reloaded-2006 where we said that Murray could not have met Jackson in 2006 because the star lived outside of the US. Consequently, we came to the conclusion that Murray must have falsified several “medical documents” for AEG Live which was after getting insurance for the TII shows. Please read also Some dates and names: Review 1- Conrad Murray and more . During his testimony, Adams explained that he met Murray in the 90’s through mutual friends. Occasionally, Murray treated him and his father. After Jackson’s death, Adams moved to LA and lived almost two years with Murray to protect him until the end of the trial when Murray went to prison.
In February 2008: Murray met Michelle Belle a stripper from Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club (this club is ranked as $$$ = Pricey).
In 2009: Murray could evade prison and eventually paid up Nenita M. She claims that Murray  is way behind in child support payments. Nenita, who now lives in the … area, obtained a judgment last month in San Jose, Calif., for $13,311.47 from Murray.
In May,  Murray’s bleak financial picture threatened to worsen. He was under court orders to pay more than $363,000 for equipment for his heart clinic.
In April he was ordered to repay $71,000 in student loans dating to the 1980s.
Two lawsuits claiming he owes $240,000 more for unpaid equipment are pending in Nevada courts.
Murray’s 5,268-square-foot home near the 18th hole of a golf course is in “pre-foreclosure” after he failed to make payments on his $1.66 million loan, records show. He stopped paying the $15,000-per-month mortgage in December .
In Feb. 2009 Murray saw Sade Anding, a cocktail waitress who worked at Sullivan Steak House. Murray gave her his telephone number. They met and phoned and text messaged each other after that. In May 2009, Murray was in Houston and had dinner with her.
Once, Murray gave Sade a $110 tip for a $11 drink. ‘He told me he was very successful. He said the song ‘I’m Coming Up’ is the theme of his life – that he came up from nothing to where he was now. But he said nothing about a girlfriend and all these children.’ She said he later gave her a cash gift of $400 and a check for $480 on their nights out together. ‘Looking back I think he was hoping I’d join him on the bed but I said I had to go,’ she added.
Looking closer to this strange biography, it seems that we talk about two different persons. It appears that Murray has lived a double life; one – the paragraphs in light blue: “the Doctor and his clinics”- is only a cover to hide the other life, the red parts: the business of “topless girls”, the abandon of wives, lovers and all his children and other troubles! In truth, being doctor brought never the big bucks to the mediocre Murray. He had to do other things with bigger chance to get rich like investing in energy drinks and “the topless girls”.
When Murray met Jackson in 2007, he appeared with his false face of course: “his clinics for the rich and the poor patients”, his luxury home and his pregnant girlfriend Alvarez. During her testimony in Murray’s trial, Alvarez said how Murray showed her to Jackson who loved children. She added when the child was born, Murray and she showed the baby to the star to make Jackson believe their fake face.
Please let us take you to the world of the gentlemen’s clubs which was/ is Murray’s favorite place. Although these clubs have had different stories and owners, almost all of the tales go back to one person, Jack Galardi:
 Jack Galardi grew up in Trinidad, Colo.  He joined the Navy, then moved to California, tended bar and found his calling.  1967 through 1972, Galardi was either on the move or cooling behind bars.
He promoted an all-girl rock band on military bases across Vietnam (his one-word explanation: “Divorce”); opened a club in Alaska; and was convicted of stealing blank money orders from two U.S. post offices in California. The money orders were cashed, through someone else, for more than $160,000 on the black market in South Vietnam.
 Galardi moved to Las Vegas with a new wife and stepson and continued bar building. He got into strip clubs when he bought one that had been owned by a former nightclub partner of his in California  Galardi learned “that if you had booze and you had naked women, you could get more business,” says “Buffalo” Jim Barrier, a Las Vegas wrestling promoter and auto repair shop owner. His success swelled beyond the skin trade  
December 3, 2012 – 5:58pm
Topless club mogul Jack Galardi dead at 81
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Strip club mogul Jack Galardi survived scrapes with the law to build an empire of flesh that stretched from Las Vegas to Miami.
The owner of Cheetahs and eight other clubs nationwide died Saturday at his ranch in Georgia. He was 81.
Galardi was already an elder statesmen of Las Vegas topless bars when his adopted son, Michael, took the family name to prison and a whole new level of fame.
Galardi took over as the owner of the Crazy Horse on Paradise Road after the violent death of the club’s previous owner, Tony Albanese, in May 1981   At one time, Galardi owned 30 topless cabarets across the country. He eventually moved the center of his operations from Las Vegas to Georgia and other Southern states 
Jeffrey Adams owns a security company called Knockout Security. We found a Knockout Security in Las Vegas and another one in Texas but the name of the owner of the latter is not Jeffrey Adams. The one in Las Vegas works in multiple branches and the “Gentelmen’s club” is one of them. Several of the clubs mentioned on their website are the ones where Murray used to spend his time and which were owned once by Garaldi. We believe that “the mutual friends” who connected Murray to Jeffrey Adams, were some of the club owners.
In 2004 or 2005, Murray told Alvarez that he had “hit the jackpot”. What did he mean by that? In fact between 2004 and2006, Murray invested on the energy drink, opened his heart clinic, and bought his luxurious home. He borrowed heavily to do all of these things. Who had had his back? And what is the whole story between the security guard, the club owners and Murray?
In 2003-2006, did someone who was in entourage of Michael Jackson (close or far entourage) see / know Conrad Murray? In such case, did this person think that one day Murray could be useful?
As we said before, several facts about Murray came to the light during his criminal trial and even after that. Let us talk now about Katherine Jackson vs AEG trial. How was Murray described during this trial? Which side of him, the false one or the cover was presented to the jury? Almost none of the facts that we mentioned about Murray was said during the trial. On the contrary, AEG Live’s lawyers blamed the victim for causing his own death and consequently, they shielded Conrad Murray.
Unfortunately, Katherine Jackson’s lawyers failed to demonstrate to the jury the kind of “doctor” Murray was. Even if the judge forbade talking about the clubs and the topless girls, the finds from the criminal trial could be used in the civil trial. While the jury saw the evidence on how AEG Live hired Murray, they could not see enough of his criminal and unauthorized practice of medicine.
Why did AEG/AEG Live choose to blame the victim rather than his killer? Why did AEG associate itself with Murray, a criminal? Why Murray was/is a better ally than Katherine Jackson? Obviously, AEG wanted to win the case and not pay damages to the plaintiffs; additionally, the plaintiffs have to pay the trial costs (Putnam and Co have filled paper demanding the plaintiffs pay them $1, 2 million); finally, AEG wanted to clear its name and reputation.
As we know, Randy Phillips was recently replaced by someone else. Obviously, Anschutz was not very happy with Phillips’ behavior in the both trials. In the second one, he acted like a clown! We do not know what Phillips’ future plans are; he will probably keep a low profile for a while and then reappear somewhere.
About the new people in charge at AEG Live, Billboard says:
The Company said in a statement that it is “restructuring the management of that live entertainment subsidiary” and that Jay Marciano, Chief Operating Officer of AEG, has been appointed Chairman of AEG Live and will assume a more active role in the management of that division. In his new role, Marciano will oversee an LA-based executive team led by Paul Tollett, John Meglen, Shawn Trell and Rick Mueller.
Tollett was named CEO and President of Goldenvoice; Meglen as named President of Global Touring for AEG Live; and Trell has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer, AEG Live, taking over for Tom Miserendino who recently relocated to London to assume the role of President and CEO, AEG Europe.
We do recognize these names: John Meglen, Shawn Trell and Rick Mueller. Meglen was the one who during his testimony laughed at Jackson, compared him to Celine Dion and said that “Dion was bigger than Jackson”. Clearly, Anschutz is happy with Meglen’s behavior in Court! We know of course why Meglen and his kind use to say things like that! It’s the old trick!
Surely, you do remember Shawn Trell and Rick Mueller! They are the people who called Jackson “a freak”! That is how you can get promotion! Apparently, Trell who “was suffering” from “the amnesia” during his testimony played smarter than the other AEG people during the trial!
But all of these are one side of the coin. The fact that AEG found in Murray a natural ally and the fact that both of them deny any responsibility in the death of Michael Jackson say a lot. And what is that? Can you answer this question? We have already answered it in one of our blogs “A cry for help”-“Where‘s my house?”
Imagine that Michael Jackson did not die on June 25, 2009, that he survived miraculously Conrad Murray and “his treatment”. What could have happened next? Jackson would probably have taken the reins! His team, especially John Branca would have helped him to put things straight between the star and AEG-Colony; Murray would have to leave and destroy the secret tape(s) he made in fear of being sued by the star and his legal team; Jackson would have made a lot of money, paid his debts, bought a home for his children and lived his life quietly; he could have done some films and written some music if he had wished to!
But would his adversaries let him achieve his goals this time? Would they let him be and live his life?
Insurers Breath A Sigh Of Relief After Jackson Verdict
Carl Cristie October 14, 2013
Insurers were expecting to receive claims of up to $US500 million from Anschutz Entertainment Group Live ‘AEG Live’ had Michael Jackson’s family been successful in their lawsuit against the tour promoter over his 2009 death.
(Newswire.net — October 14, 2013) Brisbane, QLD — Insurers were expecting to receive claims of up to $US500 million from Anschutz Entertainment Group Live ‘AEG Live’ had Michael Jackson’s family been successful in their lawsuit against the tour promoter over his 2009 death.
The Jacksons wanted AEG Live to pay $US85 million ($A90.9 million) to each of the star’s three children for emotional loss, and an unspecified amount for economic losses, estimated at up to $US1 billion ($A1.067 billion).
Tim Kelly of RGIB Insurance Broking said “Insurers have already paid out more than $US50 million to refund tickets and losses of deposits paid to venues and service providers booked for the Michael Jackson concerts, so a hit to the market of that magnitude might have led to an increase in ticket prices worldwide”.
Special Event insurance is dominated by Lloyds of London with annual premiums of expected to reach $US1 billion ($A1.067 billion) by the end of 2013.
Pre sales of tickets months ahead of a tour puts the tour promoter at risk if something goes wrong and the tour can’t proceed. With huge infrastructure costs paid in advance, the tour promoter rarely has sufficient funds left to refund tickets hence their reliance on insurance.
Some bands are notorious for their unreliability whereas the Rolling Stones have never failed to play a concert in their almost 50 years of performing but, as one international underwriter recently quipped at an RGIB conference on special event insurance, “Mr Jagger isn’t getting any younger, something has to give”.
One of the busiest artists in the world Andre Rieu takes a massive entourage of leading performance artists with him all over the world which presents a unique set of risks for insurance underwriters; especially in circumstances where a concert is held outdoors and subject to the whims of whether.
Pluvious insurance (rain insurance) is one of the oldest forms of cover for the entertainment industry; and with open air concerts planned for the summer months anything can go wrong and spectacularly so.
According to statistics Michael Jackson’s death has been a wake up call for tour operators with the number of operators seeking special event insurance more than doubling since 2009.
RGIB Insurance Broking is one of Australasia’s leading insurance brokers for special events handling everything from local tours to international concert events. Tim Kelly says’ “the trend is to ensure policies cover ‘consequential losses’ in case something pops up down the track like it has in the Jackson matter.
UPDATE March 5, 2014
Before finding information about apparent connection between Jack Galardi and Conrad Murray in the business of clubs and women, I found several articles about Terry Gordon called Las Vegas ex king of sex, who is Jack Gordon’s brother. Yes, Jack Gordon or Latoya Jackson’s ex husband and one of Michael’s attackers. It is indeed an alarming mixture of people who were seemingly in touch.
|1/3/99||Crazy Horse Saloon Closes Doors
The Crazy Horse Saloon, the ‘not quite a historical landmark’ strip club, which was located at 4034 Paradise Road by Flamingo, closed it’s doors officially January 3, 1999. Although the club was considered an eyesore to some, it was definitely a local’s spot with a lot of character and individuality. Rich in history and home to countless stories, we’re sure the memories will live on with the hundreds of thousands of visitors it must have had over the last twenty years. We’ll miss the ol’ Crazy Horse, and wish all of the dancers and management good luck wherever they may go.
The Crazy Horse Saloon was owned by the same owners as Cheetahs, however the building was leased from none other than Terry Gordon, an icon or dictator of Las Vegas adult businesses depending who you talk to. There will not be another strip club opening at that location, since the city code will not permit re-naming or re-opening another club at the location once the original tenants moved or closed. Their license and permits, which were non-transferable, had all been grandfathered since new laws were passed regarding zoning for adult clubs.
Currently, the city is only issuing permits for strip clubs in commercial zones, and has not allowed another topless club which serves alcohol to officially open since Club Paradise. Although Play It Again Sam’s, a topless supper club which serves alcohol, owned by the same owner’s as Kiefer’s on top of Carriage House, has opened recently, it has skirted the standard rules most of the other clubs need to follow by operating as an adult dinner theater rather than a topless strip club with an alcohol license. What’s the difference? We’re not sure, but the Spearmint Rhino, another club which has been open for over a year, is still having a hard time getting their alcohol permits approved, and thus is still operating as a nude soda/juice club.
Sunday, September 19, 1999
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal COLUMN: John L. Smith
`Terrible’ Terry car bomb message clear, messenger uncertain
When a firebomb barbecued “Terrible” Terry Gordon’s late-model Thunderbird in the driveway of his Las Vegas home around sunrise on Nov. 29, 1998, there was no shortage of potential suspects.
Terrible Terry is a man with enemies. Open the phone book to any page, and you might find a person angry enough with the exiled king of the Las Vegas sex-tease racket to roast his flashy Ford.
The Thunderbird did not rise from the ashes, but Gordon was unharmed. He had been sent a message, but from whom? It’s a question neither the cops nor Clark County Fire Department arson investigators appeared motivated to answer, so Gordon hired his own expert to attempt to solve the mystery. The private investigator quickly discovered that the firebomb was not some slipshod Molotov cocktail but a relatively sophisticated device.
“We discovered that it was not something that the average guy on the street or even the average guy who would do car bombs would know how to do,” Gordon attorney Allen Lichtenstein says. “It was not designed to harm anyone.” Just to scare someone stiff.
It turns out the device was one favored by professionals often associated with organized crime. (Insert “Goodfellas” soundtrack here.) Probably just a coincidence, but it made me wonder whether there were other bombs, bullets or threats to life in the West Coast adult racket in the past year. Turns out there were. It also makes me wonder whether the FBI is intrigued by Terrible Terry’s auto arson.
Alas, research only narrowed Gordon’s list of suspects to half the Yellow Pages.
As an operator of massage parlors and jiggle joints, Gordon survived some of the most treacherous years in Las Vegas history. He once operated carnival midway games at Circus Circus when Anthony Spilotro ran a gift shop there and Jay Sarno paid homage to the Chicago Outfit.
In the 1970s, Gordon’s ownership of a Lincoln County brothel was secretly influenced by Palm Springs mobster Jimmy Caci, currently under federal indictment. Could Caci or one of his friends have misplaced Gordon’s phone number and decided to send a message another way?
Recent events have made it clear that adult businesses in Southern Nevada have become anything but tame in the corporate ’90s. Not with hitmen flying from Florida and driving from California to complete contracts on outcall service operators. Not with wise guys such as Vinny Faraci slumming in close proximity to local topless cabarets.
Gordon’s expert was probably right. Jilted ex-employees and legions of frustrated customers, their credit cards maxed over minimal sex, were unlikely suspects. The deputy district attorney and Metro detectives who despised him had already beaten him in court.
It was a mystery, to be sure.
Closer to home, Gordon was waging a pitched legal battle with longtime real estate developer Renate Schiff over building space located at 3344 S. Highland Drive. The landlord-tenant dispute manifested itself in a slander and contract interference lawsuit filed in April on Gordon’s behalf by attorney Dominic Gentile.
Gordon claims he has a valid lease contract for the location, which he has maintained since March 1989. Until recently, he also operated his adult novelty Night Gallery Shop there. Schiff claims he forged the contract, according to court documents.
The location is now the home of the Spearmint Rhino adult cabaret, which takes up doors 3344 and 3346. The Rhino maintains an adult cabaret license through K Kel Inc. and lists owners as attorney Kevin Kelly, Thomas Nabarrette and Mumtaz Ali. All of which might lead some skeptics to question whether separate and distinct adult business licensees claiming the same address violates the county’s much-politicized 500-foot separation rule. But while county commissioners gnash their teeth over expanding the 500-foot rule to 1,500 feet — an obvious attempt to prevent adult business zoning from being approved for the Sporting House on Industrial Road — it appears two adult business licenses exist just inches apart on Highland Drive.
Given the circumstances, litigation appears to be the least of Gordon’s worries.
After all these years in the neon love racket, someone is really carrying a torch for “Terrible” Terry Gordon.
LV sex czar weighs
It’s been a few years since Terry Gordon has made any news in these parts, but for decades he was considered the sex king of Las Vegas. Gordon has owned swingers clubs, sex tease clubs, you name it. More recently, he was pursuing a deal to buy the venerable Palomino Club in North Las Vegas, a totally nude jiggle joint of some repute.
Gordon called Knappster the other day to relate a not-so-funny story about his attempted purchase. It seems that bad luck plagued the deal before it could be consummated. One of Gordon’s partners turned up dead. A second partner disappeared, he says. And then Gordon received an ominous phone call in which he was told to get out of the deal or else he could expect “a visit.” Chances are it wasn’t the first such threat he’s ever received, but considering the circumstances he took this one seriously.
While Gordon has long been viewed with suspicion by law enforcement folks, he didn’t hesitate to take this information to the FBI. He also brought it up in a legal action he’s filed, alleging a breach of contract. He is also vowing to open a huge, stinking can of worms concerning longstanding cozy relationships between the Palomino and various officials in North Las Vegas, past and present. (He tells an interesting tale about how he’s been received by licensing officials, for example.) If anyone can ferret out the dirt, it’s Terry Gordon.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
JANE ANN MORRISON: Gordon’s family leaves the skeletons in his closet and out of his obit
Jack Gordon’s obituary would have been easy to miss.
The name isn’t distinctive. There was no photo. On the first quick read, I wasn’t sure it was “that Jack Gordon.”
Gordon, who died at 66, was described vaguely as “a retired entrepreneur in various industries.”
Nowhere did it say he was once married to LaToya Jackson, whose brother is on trial on child molestation charges and whose sister is renowned for her Super Bowl flash. Also missing was how, in 1978, Gordon tried to bribe Harry Reid, then the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, now the Senate minority leader.
But when the obituary listed his brother as Terry Gordon, onetime king of tease, I knew it was the same Jack Gordon. Terry Gordon’s claim to fame was that girls in his Las Vegas clubs suggested that sex would be forthcoming with the purchase of overpriced nonalcoholic drinks. Patrons, usually unsuspecting tourists, were 86’d if they dared complain.
At the time he tried to bribe Reid, Jack Gordon and another man were seeking approval of new gaming devices, Flip-A-Winna and Penny Falls, two games reminiscent of Gordon’s origins in carnival life.
During his three-week trial in federal court in 1979, which it was my pleasure to cover as a reporter, Gordon boasted that in two years, he’d be making $116 million on the games. To get licensed, he offered a paltry $12,000 to Reid.
We know this because Reid promptly went to the FBI and reported the bribe and agreed to be videotaped during the payoff.
Knowing he was being videotaped, after FBI agents moved in for the arrest, the usually mild-mannered Reid yelled, “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me.” Then he tried to choke Gordon before agents stopped him.
When he testified on his own behalf, Gordon said the truth was that Reid had solicited the bribe and that he actually gave Reid marked bills and was going to report Reid, not to the FBI, but to the most notable criminal defense attorney of the day, Oscar Goodman. Gordon hadn’t bothered to tell the FBI about his crime-fighting plan and, when he was arrested, initially told the FBI that he had paid Reid $12,000 for legal advice.
When federal prosecutor Larry Leavitt (now a federal magistrate) tried to get him to admit he lied about hiring Reid, Gordon offered this memorable explanation: “I can’t say I lied. I can’t say I told the truth. I can’t recall making the statement.”
The jury didn’t believe him and, despite the best efforts of Gordon’s defense attorney, Richard Wright, convicted Gordon and his co-defendant, Joe Daly, of conspiracy. They received six-month prison sentences.
Wright spoke to Gordon not long ago. His client was writing a book about his life and wanted to check some dates for accuracy. “He was an eternal optimist,” Wright said. “You couldn’t keep him down. He was effervescent and a nice guy to be around.”
Wright remembered visiting Gordon in a jail in San Diego where Las Vegas prisoners were kept because of overcrowding. As he was escorted in, the guard was exceptionally courteous and friendly, asking if Wright wanted water and ending, “Will that be all, sir?” When Gordon entered, Wright mentioned the guard’s behavior.
“Jack rubs his thumb against his finger, indicating he was giving him money. I went ballistic,” Wright said. “You’re telling me you’re taking care of the guards in here? Knock this shit off!”
After he served his time, a slimmed-down Jack Gordon returned to Wright and asked for the gold jewelry he’d left in his attorney’s care. Gordon unbuttoned his shirt, put on the gold and was ready to return to the life of the opportunistic promoter.
He met LaToya Jackson, became her manager and, in 1991, married her in Reno. When she filed for divorce in 1996, she accused him of beating her to force her to dance topless.
The lesson here is that when a family writes the obit, there are things they quite rightfully don’t want to remember. Obviously LaToya Jackson and Harry Reid are among the names Gordon’s family wants to forget. Reid and Jackson probably would like to forget his name as well. But one wonders how they are portrayed in his book.
By Dana Gentry
Thu, Jul 31, 2008 (5:30 p.m.)
He was the king of Las Vegas sex clubs until the feds pounced in the 1990s. Now, Terry Gordon makes his living as the landlord of the local sex scene. With Clark County cracking down on the industry, are his days numbered?  
Posted July 13, 2008
Adult club fights for its license
 The Libertine’s situation is made more complicated because its landlords are Biloxi Investments and Terry Gordon, the reputed “king of tease.” Gordon also is the landlord for the Green Door. His brother, Jack Gordon, notoriously tried to bribe Reid’s father, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, in 1978 when Harry Reid was the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Terry Gordon said businesses like the Libertine are easy targets for county officials because sex-oriented businesses are generally unpopular. Gordon is also named in the county’s complaint.
He said the county is engaging in harassment. What consenting adults do in private shouldn’t be the government’s business, he argued.