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I'm not a real historian.   I didn't grow up in Princeton.    I don't have an Ivy League education.   

I'm a total Princeton WannaBe. 

Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!




Today, Only FOREVER Ago


Today, onlly in 1946, mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel opened The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,  The grand opening  was a flop and the casino lost $300,000 in the first week of operation.  In two weeks, Bugsy had to shut the place down.  Later, he got more investors and renamed the casino "The Flamingo" after his girlfriend, Virginia Hill,  because she had red hair and long legs.


How does this relate to Princeton? 

Reason #1:  Victor Gambino lived in Princeton and was an investor in "The Flamingo"! 


Reason #2:  Warren Beatty, who played Bugsy in the popular movie, was best friends with Clinton Kimbrough, who was offered a Creative Writing scholoarship from Princeton University


Reason #3:  Melissa Darpino, the event planner of the Peacock Inn, planned Emmy events where Annette Benning and Warren Beatty were in attendence!






(I can't make this stuff up and if you don't believe me or you want to host an event with Melissa at the Peacock Inn, contact her at (609) 924-1707 or!)






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