by Berl Colley

A New Tour

After visiting Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and seeing what it had to offer, we have added it to our tour schedule. We will be visiting this wonderful site on Monday, July 4. Madame Tussaud's has 100 wax characters on display. There are sports figures, actors and actresses, politicians and a few other notables. We will be able to touch some of the wax figures to get some feel as to how the real person must have looked. This is a little over a two-hour tour. While there, I saw Princess Di, Marilyn Monroe and George Bush. I am not sure which of the Bushes was represented there. A Change

We were unable to put together a strictly roller coaster tour, but we are working on an events tour for Monday night, July 4. This tour will visit several of the Las Vegas properties to see the special events they offer. There are things like the several-block-long light and sound show in Old Las Vegas, and the Stratosphere (which currently has three rides on its top, some 1,149 feet off of the ground; they claim that they will have a fourth ride by the time of our convention). Just riding the elevator to the top is a thrill, as it goes 21 miles an hour, which is three floors a second. Other places that may be included on this tour are the Eiffel Tower at the Paris, Star Trek exhibit at the Hilton, the fountain show at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage, the forum at Caesar's, etc. We will have a person on the bus to give us a little history and description of each property that we visit.

About Those Slot Machines ...

On Thursday, July 7, we are putting together a tour of the Bally slot machine manufacturing plant. We haven't received clearance yet, but the company's marketing department is working on it. What has changed this gaming device from an old pull-the-handle real spinning box to a computerized interactive machine? We will learn this and a lot more while touring the Bally plant.

All tours will leave the Riviera from the main convention lobby where the registration office, the information counter and the quick meals will be located. It is five or six steps down to the bus loading area after coming through the lobby doors. There is a wheelchair ramp to the left of the stairs which also leads to the loading area.

The hotel is filling up, so please call and reserve your room. Call the Riviera Hotel and Casino at (702) 734-5110. Be sure to let the reservation person know that you are attending the convention of the American Council of the Blind.

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