Blaine C. Benedict (b. 1948) spent his early years in Philadelphia until the family relocated to
Las Vegas in the early 1950s. His parents, Alvin and Jayne Benedict, followed his paternal
grandfather, Meyer (Mike) Benedict, who was involved in gambling and liquor businesses.
Blaine attended Crestwood Elementary, had his religious education and bar mitvah at Temple
Beth Sholom, and graduated from Las Vegas High School. He attended Rutgers University
[1966-1970], where he major in agriculture, was in the US Army from 1970-1972, lived on a
kibbutz in Israel from December 1973 to May 1974—all before returning to live in Las Vegas
and work his way up in the gaming industry.
Upon returning to Las Vegas his parents urged him to learn the “business”. Went to dealer’s
school and worked his way up the management ladder to casino manager for Binion’s
Early experience working at the Garden Farm influenced his work ethic and even his major in
college would become important in his future “second career” as the operations director of Red
Rock Canyon Interpretive Association.
Benedict, Blaine. Interview, 2015 November 12. OH-02520. Transcript. Oral History Research Center. Special Collections, University Libraries, Univeristy of Las Vegas Nevada. Las Vegas, Nevada.
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