CBS Sunday Morning continued to propagate the myth that Bugsy Siegel was the father of Las Vegas and launched the city’s growth. The truth is that World War II, with military bases and the Basic Materials industry, helped make the city the gambling capital it is today. The Boulder Dam went unmentioned, as did the corporate investments and improved transportation that led to the Vegas booms in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s ad 90’s. The feature even mentioned the now well out of date “remaking” of Las Vegas as a family destination as “recent.” That was so 90’s!
Jennifer Lawrence in the independent film "Winter's Bone." (Roadside Attractions)