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Imoni is Born!

Plus: Manny Oliveira, Greg Vaccarello, and more...

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Last Friday, I was all prepared to attend two new shows in town, one at Hooters and the other at Mandalay Bay. But I never made it! No, there was no accident, but a hospital did come into play.

See, I was made a great-grandfather for the fifth time. My granddaughter, Monica, who is the daughter of my youngest, Lisa (I was responsible for the birth of three little girls named Robin, Denise and Lisa), was taken to Summerlin Hospital on Thursday evening, around 5:30 p.m. On Friday (Nov. 13), I got a call from Lisa that Monica was going to have a “C-Section” birth. Well, there was no way I was not going to be there when the baby was born. Of course that’s also the time when the freeways are packed, so I did not get to the hospital until a little after 6 p.m.

Now the rest of the story.

I arrived and went to the second floor as instructed by my daughter. I was told the room number and immediately went to the room. It was empty. I looked around, up and down the hall, and saw nary a nurse, etc. Then at the end of the hall I spotted a sign—“C” Section Delivery. So I headed for the room, knowing that Monica was due for the procedure. The door to the delivery room magically opened for me and I walked in, seeing absolutely not a single person (no nurse on duty I guess). I noticed there were two delivery rooms, and one was being used. I squinted between the Venetian blinds and saw my daughter, Lisa, draped in a blue outfit standing inside. There was a lot of things going on. Just then another lady entered the room looking for her daughter. She was immediately followed by a burly female nurse who asked, “How and why are you in this room…You’re not supposed to be here!”

“Well, I came in looking for my daughter and my granddaughter,” I proceeded to tell her. “I kept saying hello, hello…hello” and never got an answer…So I took a look through the window.”

Would you believe this nurse (who must have been a drill sergeant in the Marine Corp) said we—the lady and me—didn’t belong here and we must leave right now. Well, to make a long story short, we both conceded that she just might call in the militia and we agreed to leave. I went to my granddaughter’s room and waited. I would periodically look down the hall towards the delivery room.

And, then it happened. I could see my daughter holding a little bundle in her arms. Lisa looked down the hall at me, held up the bundle and smiled.

Imoni, a baby girl weighing 5 lbs, 11 ounces was born. She had all her toes and fingers and was a beautiful and perfect baby (aren’t they all?). Within 15 minutes the baby and mother were in their room. After the nurse (a great one from North Carolina) finished checking Imoni, I got to hold this wonderful addition to the Johnson clan. My amazing friend, Nancy Barr, said that Imoni is a very exceptional baby—a Cherub. I know that this fantastic bundle of joy is a unique baby too.

One of the more popular comedians to appear at the Comedy Stop, located in the Congo Room at the Sahara Hotel, is Manny Oliveira. Producer Bob Kephart has brought Oliveira back to the Comedy Stop for the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 6. Appearing with Manny will be Karen Rontowski and Greg Vaccarello.

Manny Oliveira


Oliveira has been appearing professionally for more than thirty years, beginning as an actor in Boston and eventually moving into the world of stand up comedy. Manny has appeared on HBO, Showtime’s “Comedy Club Network,” and numerous comedy specials. He can also be seen on “Laffapalooza 2006” on Comedy Central and played the part of Father Cisero in the film “Crossroads.” Oliveira also has been a semi-regular on “Army Wives” on the Lifetime network.

Greg Vaccarello knew that he wanted to be a comedic performer the first time he heard Jackie Gleason say, “How sweet it is!” Years of observing people, combined with his acting ability, have helped Vaccarello craft a unique show. During his performance, you might meet a variety of characters: You may encounter Uncle Jack Mahoney, the obnoxious cop, and his drunk, kilt-wearing cousin. Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci may make an appearance as they audition for the Flintstones. Greg’s closing is his portrayal of a narcissistic magician which is considered a classic.

Karen Rontowski has worked with some of the greatest stars in show biz, including Bob Hope, Ray Charles and the Monkees. David Brenner says, “Even if you can spell Karen Rontowski, you’d better remember it, because she is great!” She has entertained the troops with tales of her Polish father, who once put a drawbridge on their house…actually he just installed the garage door upside down. But that’s Karen, always accentuating the positive.

Showtime for the Comedy Stop, inside the Congo Room, is 9 p.m. nightly. Tickets are priced from $24.95 plus tax and fees, with a special ticket for Nevada residents (with a valid drivers license) priced at $19.95 plus tax and fees. For reservations call (702) 737-2515


Pole Position Raceway, the number one Kart track in our little village (my opinion), has one of the most unusual offers of employment I have ever heard of. It’s holding a competition to find a full-time employee in its sales department. Officials will be accepting applications and conducting interviews beginning today (Friday, Nov. 20) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the speedway, 4175 S. Arville. The sales driver search contest is open only to those who are currently unemployed. After the first interview, 10 to 15 applicants will be notified to compete in the contest, which will last for a month. For more info call (702) 227-7223 or log on to

Rich Little has his star on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. Now his beautiful wife, a true humanitarian and a super nice lady, will join his star come Sunday, Dec. 13. Marie Little is receiving the honor for her many humanitarian efforts in our village and elsewhere. This reporter has known Rich for umpteen years and we have known Marie for another umpteen years. Both are wonderful people who care about their adopted hometown, Las Vegas, and prove it every day by extending a helping hand to those less fortunate than the rest of us. Rich never turns down an invitation to attend a local benefit (if he’s in town), and Marie can often be found downtown at one of the homeless sanctuaries providing help to those in need. Congratulations Marie Little.

Well, gang, that’s about it for this week. Nancy Barr and myself would like to extend to all our friends and readers a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday and may your turkey turn out to be perfect.

I’m outa here!


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