TSS BOOK REVIEW: Ex Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman Dishes On Tyson, King, More

MayorGoodmanIt’s not uncommon to see former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman out in public with a martini in hand, flanked by two glowing showgirls in glitzy costumes.

The former attorney-at-law, actor, activist and ambassador of Las Vegas is much like the silver-haired gentleman in the beer commercial depicted on television. But this gentleman recently had his life chronicled in a book called “Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer To Mayor of Las Vegas.”

Most people take the path of least resistance and work toward living comfortably, always striving for financial mobility. Very few people choose the rocky road filled with hidden minefields and other booby traps in life.

Goodman is one of those few.

Though born and raised in Philadelphia, the son of an attorney ended up in the casino capital of the world in the early 1960s when it was experiencing a growth boom. Goodman set up an office and was immediately called upon to represent the accused.

Among the first to beckon Goodman was a person named Mel Horowitz, an underworld figure whose case would open up the door to many more alleged mobster and gambler cases. Those following would be many of the most colorful figures in mobster history such as Meyer Lansky, Ruby Goldstein, Nick Civella, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, Joe Agosto, “Little Nicky” Scarfo, Vinny “The Animal” Ferrara and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro.

It’s a who’s who of the underworld and led Goodman to be dubbed “the mob lawyer.”

Spilotro was a Las Vegas figure whose life was depicted in the movie “Casino.” Actor Joe Pesci portrayed Spilotro and Robert DeNiro portrayed Rosenthal in the 1995 hit. Goodman also appeared in the film.

As a criminal attorney representing the Spilotros, Civellas and Scarfos, the Las Vegas lawyer ran into many wiretapping situations involving the F.B.I. and other law enforcement organizations. They didn’t always play by the rules and Goodman has harsh but truthful opinions on that topic. Ironically, the same issues of privacy invasion are now being debated on the public forum today with the National Security Agency and C.I.A. accused of abusing its power.

Goodman was always interested in the Constitution and defending it. Justice under the law is the main constant in the book. Regardless if it was for major figures or regular Joes, due process is an important theme for Goodman.

If you’re an attorney in Las Vegas it’s inevitable that boxing will knock on your door. Among those represented by Goodman were the “Brown Bomber” Joe Louis, Frans Botha, promoter Don King and “Iron” Mike Tyson.

Goodman represented Tyson during the ear-biting incident with Evander Holyfield in 1997. Following the suspension of the Las Vegas-based fighter, it was Goodman who managed to save the fighter’s career during the Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing. He also represented King many times.

Eventually the bon vivant ventured into politics and gambled he could win. Goodman became mayor of one of the most vibrant and colorful towns in the world. And with his leadership the town thrived and grew even more. His personal goal was renovating the downtown area and it proved successful. For 12 years he served as mayor until he was termed out.

Now, it’s Goodman’s wife Carolyn Goodman who leads Las Vegas as its mayor. Maybe she’ll share her view on the rise of Las Vegas.

I’m positive that everyone will be as captivated as me when reading this biography. It was written by Goodman with assistance from George Anastasia. If you have any interest in the history of Las Vegas, this book is for you. It’s like a movie. It should be a movie.

What’s that saying in the commercial?

“He is the most interesting man in the world.”

That’s pretty much Goodman.

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deepwater :

This guy is as honest as a loaded pair of dice. The most interesting guy in the world? Why do some men put pieces of $%$% on a pedestal? some guys got some weird fantasies . The government can spy on the people if they get a warrant, no warrant no spying. The rotten spying has nothing to do with keeping us safe from terrorists, it has to do with building a database of political dissidents that don't agree with the regime. the east German stasi would have a boner with the currant state of affairs. If the spying on 300,000,000 legal innocent people works it would of stopped the Boston bombers, you know the ones that the Russians even warned us about.


dino da vinci :

I love Oscar Goodman. And what's not to love? Man got things done while most people are content just talking about [I]maybe[/I] someday doing something.


deepwater :

I love Oscar Goodman. And what's not to love? Man got things done while most people are content just talking about [I]maybe[/I] someday doing something.
what do you love about him, what did he get done that you love?


deepwater :

the only thing that I can say he did right was tell off Pres O in 2010. Besides that defending mob rats and being on the take from the construction unions is nothing to be proud of. defending the aids victim child molester scarpa is nothing to be proud of. fat *** dominic barbara wouldn't even touch that case. or maybe he would but he is a pos too.


deepwater :

[QUOTE=deepwater;32005]the only thing that I can say he did right was tell off Pres O in 2010. Besides that defending mob rats and being on the take from the construction unions is nothing to be proud of. defending the aids victim child molester scarpa is nothing to be proud of. fat *** dominic barbara wouldn't even touch that case. or maybe he would but he is a pos too. I am biased because I grew up around this so I know first hand stories, my best buddy is Orena's nephew and Howard beach hates scarpa, really hates him for being a rat while trying to run the show. The mob turned into a bunch of rats except for 1 and 1 man only.


kidcanvas :

go deepwater lmao i agree with everything u said on the spying and Ojackass but Characters like goodman are the ones that gets **** done. what would america be without interesting cads like him ,the mob , promoters etc... boring


dino da vinci :

@Deep. Let's have some fun with this. Your thoughts on Mike Tyson.


deepwater :

@Deep. Let's have some fun with this. Your thoughts on Mike Tyson.
Loved watching him fight. Not sure he should of been convicted of rape. He didn't grab a girl into an alley. The girl admitted to blooow him then who knows ? Rapist nah , assh8le yes. not that funny in the movies. If Tyson was a lawyer he wouldn't of defended scarpa. Goodman worked for Tyson at a time


dino da vinci :

...and he used to rob little old ladies when he was old enough to know better. Biting an unsuspecting opponent's ear off, all in a days work. Your opinion on Ruben "Hurricane" Carter?


Radam G :

The Hurricane Carter was a killa, a thilla and a chilla. And eyewitnesses -- not earwitnesses -- say he used to beat "Night Train" Sonny Liston like a gorilla. Those selfish collectors with the films of the sparring sessions ought share. Put the stuff on Youtube. Holla!


deepwater :

...and he used to rob little old ladies when he was old enough to know better. Biting an unsuspecting opponent's ear off, all in a days work. Your opinion on Ruben "Hurricane" Carter?
I like watching some of his old fights just like I like watching Valero. I like to watch boxing . I don't worship these guys or care for them in their personal lives. I only care about my life and the circle of those around me. If I saw Tyson mug an old lady I would shoot him with my mossberg . If I saw Valero killing his wife I would shoot him too, .. just yesterday A block from my house I saw two guys screaming at an old Asian lady, they had a fender bender ,looked like nothing serious , but these clowns were screaming at a Lil old lady , might be her fault but they had a crap car anyway and she probably did them a favor. Anyway a crowd gathered looking on. I pulled right over ,walked into the middle of it and stood in front of the crying lady. The two guys shut up and looked at the floor. Both bigger and a lot dirtier then me. Hey ,you guys are bitch3s yelling at old old lady, go back to your crap van and get a tire iron then come back here and lets have some fun ,your worse then woman. They waited in their crap van,The cops came and I left. All the clowns watching clapped . One guy said wow that was impressive, I said their problem is they didn't have a MAN with them . One MAN can do that if there was 100 of those types on their side. I don't respect goodman, a politician plus mob rat lawyer.If goodman got in the ring I would watch him because I like boxing . if goodman loved the constitution he would be defending the attacks on the constitution righ now because it's about to go bye bye forever. Obummer just signed away more blood and treasure to maniac Al quida rebels that eat organs and wipe out Christian towns in Syria without going to congress like the constitution says. a MAN lawyer would be standing up for the constitution. Just writing about this puts me on a political dissident list as everyone now knows. So goodman earned no respect from me ,unless you can tell me why you love goodman and change my mind.