Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I think Lexington has been calling me for some time now. There are Pasadena and California Streets and San Marino developement and the Palomar Center as well as the Palomar Hills developement.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
They loved seeing the different landscapes and finding the lowest prices for gas they could along the way. Wildcat has forgiven us all for that crazy trip.
Kathryn and Mom/Sherrill flew out of Las Vegas and met Lauren and Mark at the Louisville airport only to eat and send Lauren back to Vegas for a swim meet in California. That's our swimmer.
Our Ivybridge home was waiting for us but I don't think it expected us to fill every nook and cranny! We are quite the big group. The unfinished basement in a favorite romping ground for the 3 huge teenage boys and new friends already. Kathryn tried to boss them around but she'll have to keep up.
Most boxes have been organized or emptied and rooms are in some semblance of order.
Still lots to do but we'll get there by the end of next week, I think!
We miss our wonderful Vegas friends and love our new friends here. We feel really blessed. We hope you all keep in touch with us! Just place comments here or email us with all of your doings, k?
Our doors are always open.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
21 Months old. I think we have fared very well if this is her first owie requiring a bandaid (other than vaccinations)! She took a little spill running out to the car for church so we quickly found Lauren's Hello Kitty Bandaids and a little Neosporin and all was well!
The look on her face while she's showing me is a classic!
19 years after we got here. . . .
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
My father, Elmo H. Ellsworth, began to work for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in 1947. His personality and selling skills were so effective that he became the prototype for the famous "Vegas Vic."
A year later, when Ellsworth was made Director of Membership and Conventions, he set a goal that Las Vegas would become the convention center of the West. There were no conventions in Vegas when he began his work, but six years later, his dream of a great convention center was fulfilled, and Las Vegas was already one of the top 12 convention cities in the nation.
My father worked for six years as manager of the Convention Bureau and then moved on to the Hotel Riviera in 1957. In 1963 he became its Vice-President of Sales, and then Assistant to the President. I believe the Riviera was the first hotel to build its own convention facilities, and my father was the first administrator of that enterprise.
Always forward looking, Elmo Ellsworth saw great possibilities for a tradeshow industry in Las Vegas. Toward this end, he and friends organized J.E.E. and Associates. They were actively promoting this business when my father passed away from cancer on December 13, 1971.
Because I was his daughter, I got to travel with Elmo Ellsworth throughout the Western states as he met with executives of convention facilities from Spokane to Los Angeles. He wanted to know everything necessary about building a functional and successful structure. When he began his efforts, Las Vegas was full of visitors on the weekends and nearly empty during the other five days of the week. That all changed when the convention center was completed.
My father always told me there would be lights from mountain to mountain in this valley. This was his dream for the place he considered the most wonderful on earth. He promoted that dream, not himself. There is a popular picture of an unidentified horseman on a rearing palomino greeting the first United Airlines flight into McCarran Field. That man is Elmo H. Ellsworth.
At the time of his death, Ruth Deskin wrote, "We will remember him as a man devoted to his family and community. When a monument is erected to the real builders of Las Vegas, Elmo Ellsworth's name should be inscribed near the top." (Las Vegas Sun, December 14, 1971)