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Oral History RecordChristensen, Paul J.
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Project: Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project
Content: Personal history of Las Vegas through the eyes of a public servant. Growing up in Las Vegas during the 1940s. Education history and childhood memories. Downtown. Experiences in the US Air Force: flying B-47s loaded with nuclear bombs; training. NV Test Site. Family jewelry business in Las Vegas. Election to the board of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Election to the Las Vegas City Council and the beginning of a career in politics. “Jam auction.” Tussle with the Clark County Commission over wastewater in the valley: details of the dispute, extended to the state and Environmental Protection Agency. Move to the County Commission and why? The Mob during the 1950s and 60s. The Mormon community in Las Vegas. Howard Hughes. Experiences sitting on the County Commission. Chairman of the Convention Authority. Remarks on Las Vegas’ future water supply. Election defeat. Corruption on the County Commission (Erin Kenny). “Distinguished Nevadan” award. County Hospital. Quick Care Centers. Opinion on the growth of Las Vegas. Speedway Children’s Charities. Dina Titus. Experiences with African Americans. Lucy Stewart. Beaver, NV.