Las Vegas’ most charismatic and popular mayor of the last two decades, Oscar Goodman, will visit the Las Vegas Tribune building on Friday, May 31, to appear on the Face The Tribune show, produced and hosted by newspaper publisher Rolando Larraz at radiotribune.com, to talk about his new book, “Being Oscar,” a book that came out on the 21st of this month and became the talk of the town even before it was launched.
The show, Face The Tribune, airs every day at noon and has hosted many local personalities, including Goodman’s wife, Carolyn, who succeeded him as major of Las Vegas.
Oscar Goodman was elected mayor of Las Vegas in 1999 after a very successful law practice where he earned the respect and admiration of most members of the Las Vegas – and the nation’s – legal community.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Goodman and his wife Carolyn and two of their four children moved to Las Vegas in the mid-’60s. After a short stint at the district attorney’s office, he went into private practice.
Among his first clients was Las Vegas show producer Pat Moreno, whose musical revue appeared at the old Thunderbird Hotel for a long time as well as at the old Mint Hotel in downtown Las Vegas.
In 1998, when Oscar Goodman announced his intention to run for mayor, the daily newspaper ran an editorial entitled, “Anyone But Oscar” due to the notoriety of some of Goodman’s old clientele, which the newspaper considered “individuals of ill fame,” yet who were part of our community and both deserved and were entitled to the same legal representation as anyone else.
Goodman has also represented priests and pastors of different denominations, as well as so-called regular, ordinary individuals in need of legal representation or advice.
After that newspaper editorial, the Las Vegas Tribune wrote an editorial entitled, “No One But Oscar,” and Oscar Goodman won the election.