Some photos from a recent assignment for The Celveland Clinic' s Geriantric Times of Battista Locatelli. Locatelli, founder of the Las Vegas landmark Battista's Hole in the Wall, was recently treated by the Cleveland Clinic for some very serious health problems. The magazine asked me to show Locatelli's active lifestyle and positive outlook on life. We decided to meet at his airplane hangar in Utah, where he now lives. Locatelli came to Las Vegas to be a famous singer and instead bought a restaurant behind the Flamingo. He opened his restaurant there in 1970, serving affordable and tasty Italian food and wine with a great atmosphere that made everyone who came through the door feel like part of the family.
Les Grossman is a longtime concert promoter and entertainment executive who has worked with acts like The Who and Led Zepplin. He is such an interesting guy that he is portrayed by Tom Cruise in the movie Tropic Thunder. He lives on the edge of Vegas, so I decided to meet him at his home for the photo. I took a bunch of photos, but liked these the best because of a the great light you get at night in Las Vegas when the city's lights bounce off the clouds.