Native Nevadan John L. Smith is a Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist.

Strip Legend

You’ve probably never heard of him—and that may be just how he wanted it. How Kirk Kerkorian overcame powerful enemies, became a billionaire, and still waited in line at his own hotels.


The blues legend’s daughters say he was poisoned to death and have accused his longtime manager of elder abuse. Her team says the claims are just a cheap money grab by disgruntled kin.