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Tom Gorman

Executive Editor

Tom came to the Sun after 32 years with the Los Angeles Times — as a reporter, national correspondent based in Las Vegas and assistant metro editor. He joined the Sun in 2005 as a columnist and asked to become an editor so he could park in shade. Now he's even got a reserved spot in the parking garage, as the Sun's executive editor. But he still enjoys writing.

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Columnist Tom Gorman: On his first experience with clubbing at Tangerine, where the booze flows not so freely and music assaults the ears
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005
I had my first Vegas nightclub experience last week, and now I understand what a marvelous, fantasy world it is.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On meeting the folks who prepare your restaurant meals.
Friday, Dec. 16, 2005
I stereotype way too much. For instance, I assume that folks who work in the trenches of restaurant kitchens, outside of public view, are in their 20s and don't speak English at home.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On those e-mails that ostensibly make him a millionaire
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005
Seems that I'm on the path to immense wealth, thanks to a handful of e-mails I've received in recent weeks.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On Charlie Bolin, a Baptist chaplain at the Riviera who helps casino workers cope during the holiday season
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005
If you work at the mall or in an office building, chances are you'll find signs of Christmas around you.
Columnist Tom Gorman: How the lovable Henderson Civic Symphony strikes a chord with its audience
Friday, Dec. 9, 2005
You'll love the Henderson Civic Symphony when you hear it. And when you see it, you'll love it even more, the way you might love a cute, bouncy three-legged puppy or a lushly decorated Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On the joys of model trains and the difference they could make for children in today's computer world
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005
It dawns on me, as we approach Christmas, that one of the things wrong with the world today is that children no longer play with model trains.
Columnist Tom Gorman: How Audra Danzak manages to keep things blooming at the Bellagio's botanical gardens
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005
Maybe it means putting the faded plastic pumpkin from Target back in the garage and fetching the dusty silk poinsettias from Michaels.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On the chilling experiences of Las Vegas residents whose first stop on the way to work is Fairbanks
Friday, Dec. 2, 2005
Some folks complain about their commute. They wince at the thought of Summerlin Parkway, the 95 and the Spaghetti Bowl at rush hour.
Columnist Tom Gorman: What would be his brand of justice in tree vandalism
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005
At the movies, I grieve more over the injured dog than over the wholesale slaughter of thousands of warriors.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Discovering the defining characteristics of Las Vegas' neighborhoods, including his own and yours, too
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005
Perhaps more than any other place in the country, we residents of Las Vegas find ourselves trapped in a caricature.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On Knowing all things Liberace
Friday, Nov. 25, 2005
Oh my, if the girls back in California could see Nedra now.
Columnist Tom Gorman: The closing of yet another Strip property witnesses the departure of one more Las Vegas legend
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005
Her husband, Norm Jansen, created the Boardwalk, with its roller-coaster facade and the big, looming clown's face. After Norm passed away eight years ago, his widow, Avis, continued to run her little gift store, selling exquisite dolls and refrigerator magnets, aspirin and bottled water and postcards and so many coffee mugs.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On an innovative program to convince youths the value of their education
Friday, Nov. 18, 2005
The judge is talking to a kid named Hugo, wondering what more can be done to keep him in school.
Columnist Tom Gorman: The lack of affordable housing in an affluent city
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005
We can build billion-dollar resorts to drive our economy, and now we're on a tear to build high-rise condos so rich people can buy second and third homes. And good for them.
Columnist Tom Gorman: A living time machine
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005
I visited the Clark County Museum the other day to brush up on local history, and for an added dimension I asked Vielet Tracht to join me. We paused at a display about the old mining town of Searchlight, birthplace of Sen. Harry Reid. "When my mother died," Violet said, "Harry Reid's grandmother cared for us for a couple of days."
Columnist Tom Gorman: On Stand Down for the Homeless helpers, who show that there is compassion in Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 11, 2005
Normally, Cathy Pizzo would have been at her desk in Summerlin, selling insurance for AAA.
Columnist Tom Gorman: On getting some value out of life during retirement years and not just sitting around getting bored with it
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005
I met another neighbor the other day, a fellow named Chick. He came over to introduce himself while we were having a garage sale. He was quick with a smile and handshake.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Service organizations such as Key Clubs can unlock much potential happiness for youngsters across the land
Friday, Nov. 4, 2005
One of my strongest memories of going to high school in Laguna Beach, Calif., was driving a big Cadillac convertible in the town's President's Day Parade.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Living the good life in the slow lane
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005
Frankly, I'm not a fast-lane kind of guy. The only things I've added to my four-cylinder Camry are a couple of license plates. Superchargers, spoilers and soft suede seats are lost on me.
Columnist Tom Gorman: How to build great tennis courts and maybe great players
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005
I never lost a match point because of a crack. (What's really maddening is the mesh fabric that runs across the middle of the court.)
Columnist Tom Gorman: Clashing lifestyles that look good together
Friday, Oct. 28, 2005
On one side of this particular fence are the Popes, George and Barbara, who moved here from Ventura, Calif., to retire. They're a very nice couple, as Californians go, cheery and friendly. Even though they're in their 70s, they put up Halloween decorations for the neighborhood kids.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Shop talk with one of the least notorious or nefarious wise guys in Las Vegas, 73-year-old California fugitive Sid Soffer
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005
Sid Soffer?
Columnist Tom Gorman: Why stats don't tell the whole story of homelessness
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005
Sounds like the kind of person who could most easily find a job and a place to live.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Watching to see if Wynn art gallery closes shop
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005
It's his hotel, so he'll do what he wants.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Lawyer finds reward in standing in for judges
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005
Or he would like to work for a day in a hospital emergency room -- not as a doctor, of course, but just to be someone's assistant and personally witness the beat-the-clock efforts to save lives.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Finding a neighbor in the Las Vegas Valley he can really get to know
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005
I only see the fellow across the street when he pulls into his immaculate garage and pulls golf clubs out of his trunk. I'm jealous.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Not wedded to high-rise chapel idea
Friday, Oct. 14, 2005
For centuries, folks have lived above blacksmiths, butcher shops and bakeries. Much of that occurred before zoning laws were conceived, so there were no grounds to complain to the local king.
Columnist Tom Gorman: More finding that Hill's concoctions are not your average Joe
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005
About 10 days ago, a Starbucks replaced an old Chevron gasoline station at the corner of Flamingo and Sandhill roads.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Joining the scavengers for a peek inside the ruthlessly capitalist world of a Las Vegas storage auction
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005
And when they end up financially busted -- by misfortune, broken relationships, job loss or pathological self-destruction -- they discover that Las Vegas still isn't done with them. This town will try to wring every dollar from them, like some hungry vulture efficiently picking every last morsel off road kill.
Columnist Tom Gorman: The persistant crawl of suburban sprawl
Friday, Oct. 7, 2005
But to me, the growth is defined by the cinder block walls behind streets such as Black Elk Avenue and Grand Canyon Drive -- masonry demarcation lines that separate new subdivisions north of town, along U.S. 95, from the undeveloped desert that eventually reaches the Nevada Test Site.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Trying to make sense out government's plans for Yucca Mountain
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005
But after sitting in on an Environmental Protection Agency hearing this week up in Amargosa Valley, I'm now a real cynic. The only optimistic news to come out of the hearing is the government's technical assumption that, a million years from now, there will be something around here to protect.
Columnist Tom Gorman: Trying to fit in as a Las Vegas newcomer
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005
Ireceived lots of unsolicited advice. "Introduce yourself," someone said. So I could mention that Jeanne and I lived in Vegas for three years when I was a national correspondent during my 32-year career with the Los Angeles Times. But that sounds rather pompous.

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