I find this a bit strange.
ShowTickets4Locals.Com just sent out a freebie offer for...tickets to Danny Gans' memorial?!?!? See below:
Isn't that a little odd and awkward? I mean, is someone concerned about the room not looking quite full enough? It's a memorial -- in fact, it's been referred to in various media accounts as a "private" memorial -- not a show or a popularity contest. They sent out all these invitations to friends, family, media folk, etc. It's nice that they're opening it up to the public, I suppose, but then they're not really. You have to have tickets. (Side note: It's kind of interesting that ShowTickets4Locals.Com would be the dispenser. Recall how they were forced to coddle Gans way back when.)
I had planned to attend and cover this, but I'm in Philly dealing with this family thing so I can't. But Alicia Jacobs of KVBC has reported on his Twitter feed that Oscar Goodman, Andre Agassi and Marie Osmond are scheduled to speak. (Fox 5, in a bit of competitive pique it seems, credited this to Norm Clarke's Twitter feed, but Norm clearly credits Jacobs.) It hasn't been reported yet, but I'd be shocked if Steve and/or Elaine Wynn don't offer a tribute as well.
The memorial may also be broadcast live on Las Vegas One. Anchor Jeff Gillan has been approaching Gans' manager Chip Lightman about providing that access. I'm not sure what became of that, but Lightman had told me a few days ago he was considering it. Unfortunately for you out-of-towners, I don't believe Las Vegas One streams online. But, hey, maybe some of those free memorial tickets will be available on Craigslist later today! I know a few memorabilia collectors who might find them valuable...