Transcript of interview with Roosevelt Toston by Claytee D. White, July 11, 2006

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ohr000150
Title
Transcript of interview with Roosevelt Toston by Claytee D. White, July 11, 2006
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Interviewer
White, Claytee D.
Description
Interview with Roosevelt Toston conducted by Claytee D. White on July 11, 2006. Toston grew up in Epps, Louisiana, and came to Las Vegas in the 1950s as a teenager. He describes his experience at Las Vegas High School and the first jobs he held at the Fremont Hotel and the Nevada Test Site. Toston honed his skills at Dana McKay's School of Business, Bell Telephone of Nevada, and in the military. A correspondence course in broadcasting led to jobs at television stations 3 and 8, and ultimately to a position with the Convention Authority in the area of tourism marketing.
Abstract
Roosevelt Toston describes his first 15 years in Epps, Louisiana, and his migration to Las Vegas to live with his brother after his father's death. He details his experience at Las Vegas High School and the first jobs he held at the Fremont Hotel and the Nevada Test Site. Roosevelt also recalls how the Westside and Las Vegas appeared in the late fifties and early sixties. Attending Dana McKay's School of Business changed the course of Mr. Toston's life, and he used the skills he developed there at Bell Telephone of Nevada and in the military. A correspondence course in broadcasting led to jobs at TV stations 3 and 8, and ultimately to a position with the Convention Authority in the area of tourism marketing. Roosevelt details the many aspects of his work with the Convention Authority, names people and organizations that helped further black participation in the Las Vegas tourism industry, and his transition from tourism marketing to bringing conventions to Las Vegas. He shares his informed opinions on room taxes, the global market, and the future of Las Vegas in a world market. He also gives suggestions on how black entrepreneurs might get involved in dealing with different aspects of the convention business. Today Mr. Toston continues to deal with visitors to Las Vegas through his consulting business. He is involved with fundraising projects, exhibits honoring African Americans in the gaming and hospitality industry, and golf tournaments in conjunction with conferences, among many other endeavors.
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Westside
Neighborhood City / Town
Source
CT247 .T67 2007
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Original Date (interview)
2006-07-06
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This material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction; but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission. For further information please contact Digital Collections: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/contact. This document is an oral history. It is a spoken account of certain events and phenomena recorded at one particular moment and filtered through one individual's life experience, sensibility, and memory. As such, it should be considered a primary source rather than a final, verified, or complete narrative of the events it records.
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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2340 x 3198 pixels; 7.8 x 10.7 inches; 22,759,128 bytes; 55 images
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24 bit color; 300 ppi

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