Gordon Horsley, pictured at the right below, is a Reno guy, pure and simple, all over the place all the time, Reno High Alum Association, Harrah Auto Museum trustee, great taste in columnists. And drives a classic Dodge with an old Harrah license plate. He took the time to send this:
Boy you really hit home on the Sunday column. I could write a book report on my ties with this one but I promise not to.
Don “BoomBoom” Burke I first met when he ran the Reno Chamber office in S.F. and got the fun train started.
Jud Allen, (who hired Don), his widow Glenda and my wife are the best of friends.
When the RSCVA was formed Roy Powers brought Don to Reno to be a sales manager for him
As time went by Don later came to work for me at the Kings Castle as a sales manager and was my best man when I married my wife in Virginia City. His wife Carol and my wife were business partners in Convention Activities, a convention services company that my wife and I took over and ran for 30 years. Don’s widow Carol is still living in Reno and another of my wife’s best pals.
The fun train is still in operation run by Key Tours out of Walnut Creek but not anything like what you wrote about. They charter buses from us now and then to get the people from the train station to the various properties.
Boy what a event when you got Don Burke and Don Manoukian [at left] in the same room or on a golf course. One a 49er and the other a Raider. It was a cherished part of my life I will never forget.
As always Karl….many thanks for the memories..