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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Slick's Family Album

Slick's daughter, Betty, brought over some old photos the other day.

The top left and bottom left photos show Slick with ex-mobster, Henry Hill, at Borders Books, McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. One of Border's ever helpful employees joins the pair in the lower photo.

Yep...that Henry Hill. Here's what Wikipedia online dictionary has to say about Hill:

Henry Hill (born June 11, 1943) is a former American mobster, Lucchese crime family associate, and FBI informant whose life was immortalized in the book Wiseguy, written by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi, and the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, in which Hill was played by Ray Liotta. He was the owner of a restaurant called The Suite. Another film — a Steve Martin comedy titled My Blue Heaven — was influenced by Hill's story.

Apparently, Hill took a liking to Slick (what's not to like?) and invited Slick to do a joint book signing event in the future. We'll let you know when and where.

The upper right photo was taken sometime in the 1980s. From left to right: Slick, his girfriend at the time Leslie Chow. (The pair made a great team as blackjack cheaters.) Next is Slick's daughter Betty, then Danny, Betty's crap dealer husband.

The lower right photo shows Sam Raguso who was Slick's shift manager when Slick ran the Landmark Casino poker room. Slick's at right pointing to one of the many poker room promotions that made the room so popular. In fact, the Landmark poker room was the very first to have televised poker tournaments, all due to Slick's amazing marketing skills. No kidding.


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