Was Vegas better when it was run by the mob?
"I think that's subject for debate... It was a different town."
However, Goodman says he misses the colorful characters of the mob era. "I see these people different than law enforcement did," he recalls. "With me, they came to my office and said hello, which a lot of the law enforcement people didn't do. They'd say thank you. They'd say please. They were very kind to my staff. They were very sensitive to women. Maybe it's better in the old days than it is today -- they treated women with respect. They wouldn't use foul language around women. They paid me very well and were grateful when I worked hard for them. They were great clients"
Goodman points out that back in the ’70s, there was no corporate ownership of the casinos like there is today. "They were basically run by mob families around the country who had front people here." When they got caught hiding revenue from the IRS, it was the beginning of the end.
So is Vegas a little too corporate now? "Oh I think it is," says Goodman. "When we start charging for parking, that's not the Vegas I remember."