Rat Pack Show

Rat Pack Show

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Frank Sinatra were back in town at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas and they wooed the crowds with their Rat Pack Show. Sandy Hackett is the writer and creator of the show and he co produced with his beautiful wife Lisa Dawn Miller. Lisa plays the one true love of Frank Sinatra and they sing a great duet together in the show, showing their love for each other.

                                         David DeCosta, Lisa Dawn Miller
The show starts with a video showing the Rat Pack in the old days of Las Vegas. It quickly gets you in the mood of how it was on the Las Vegas Strip. It was so good to see them in their shining moments of fame.

Sandy Hackett was hilarious and I couldn’t help but think of his father Buddy Hackett, who I adored and watched for so many years. Sandy rattled off one joke after another and it was funny and so entertaining.

 Sandy Hackett

Sammy Davis, Jr. was magical on stage with his singing and dancing. Bo Jangles did not let us down with his performance. His jokes added to his showmanship as he captured the audience with his talent.

                                                       Doug Starks

The Rat Pack all compliment each other in their interaction on stage as they dress up and have fun together. You can see how much they actually did like each other and were friends.

                                         Sandy Hackett, David DeCosta
When David DeCosta sings you will swear that you are hearing Ole Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. The best songs have been selected for the Rat Pack Show and Frank’s fans, won’t be disappointed.


The cast joined everyone at the after party in the lounge and they graciously posed for pictures with everyone on the red carpet.

                                         Lisa Dawn Miller, Nikki Artale, Sandy Hackett

Attending the show and the party was Greg London who also has a great show at the Hilton, with his manager Bob Byers Jr.

                                         Bob Beyers Jr, Nikki Artale & Greg London

Connie Stevens

Connie Stevens

Photos by Nikki Artale

Connie Stevens delighted the audience at the Starlite Theatre inside the Riviera Hotel & Casino last month, with her special guest John Byner. Connie’s daughter Tricia Leigh Fisher was one of the background singers along with Jessica Williams and Ray Ray Irwin.

We all had the opportunity to meet with Connie Stevens at a pre-show reception and spent a lot of time talking with Connie as she graciously posed for pictures and signed autographs. Mickey Silver, “The Hands of Las Vegas” was one of the local entertainers who attended the show, along with many others.

                                         Ray Ray, Connie, John Byner, Cadillac Jack

                                          Connie Stevens, Mickey Silver

Her beauty was astounding as was her lovely personality. Her beauty can be attributed to her personal line of beauty products “Forever Spring”. Over 3 million women across the country use her products which include skin care, hair care and makeup. I have some of her products and I will be using them.

                                         Nikki Artale & Connie Stevens

John Byner was a big hit on the show as he told a lot of funny stories that was reminiscent of his days on shows like The Ed Sullivan Show, Johnny Carson and Carol Burnett. He still has his lovable ways about him.

                                                       John Byner

Connie’s daughter Trisha Leigh Fisher performed a country song from her album with her husband Byron Thames and you could see the pride in Connie’s eyes. Byron is part of the band and it is a family affair with everyone on stage together.

A special part of the show was when Connie Stevens showed a video of her days entertaining the troops that included the Vietnam War to the Persian Gulf War. As she viewed the video and sang a dedication song, I had a lump in my throat from pride that I am an American.

It was very special to me because my Granddaughter Michele Owens joined the Air Force and is in boot camp as I write this and I am so proud of her.

                                                    Michele Owens

My son Pete Artale served 21 years in the Air Force and I am proud of him too.

                                         Pete Artale

Some memorable moments of the time spent with the servicemen on the tours with Bob Hope.

It was a great show and Connie Stevens and everyone on stage showed their deep appreciation for the reception that they received from the audience.

The Pointer Sisters

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Photos by Nikki Artale
It was a thrill and a joy to go once again to see The Pointer Sisters live in concert at The Orleans. We were not the only ones who were excited, the entire audience showed their love for the ladies with their thunderous applause. It was hard to keep seated because of their high energy singing and dancing and everyone was up and out of their seats. You had to stand and clap as people were flocking down to the stage just to be close to them. It didn’t matter what age they were, young and old, they were down at the stage. Video 92

Ruth and Anita Pointer are so beautiful and their energy is like a 21 year old and I don’t know how they do it. Ruth Pointer shared with the audience that they have been doing this since the 1900’s, which got quite a laugh because they do not look or act their age.

They had a string of hits through the 1970’s and 1980’s. I’m so Excited, Jump (For My Love), Slow Hand and Fire are just a few of the songs that every loves hearing over and over again. Some times other artists perform their songs and they are honored by that.

The Pointer Sisters are stars who have won two Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Soul Train Hall of Fame and received a Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako Johnson is the third Pointer of the group and she is absolutely stunning, talented and a delight to watch.

                                            Sadako Johnson

                                         Ruth Pointer

                                          Anita Pointer

You could feel the love in the audience as the show ended and Anita, Ruth and Sadako shook hands with everyone that had come up to the stage. They truly appreciate their fans and their loves shines through to everyone too. The show could have been longer because people did not want to leave and wanted more and more.

After the show I went backstage with Linda Griner who is an old friend of the Pointer Sisters, going back to the days of Motown. They took the time to take pictures with everyone and catch up on old times.

                                          Sadako & Ruth

                                          Sadako, Ruth, Nikki, Linda, Anita

Anita’s granddaughter Roxie joined in the fun backstage with Linda and Anita.

As the evening ended we said goodbye and watched as Ruth, looking absolutely fabulous in her jeans and hat, said her good byes.

Touring is always on their calendar with visits to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They will be welcomed with open arms for they have well earned their place in Pop Music history and also won a place in our hearts. We love them and they made us feel like family being around them. I can feel the love, admiration and respect they have for each other. Sisterly love is the greatest love you can have and they have that with each other.

Dan Horowitz The Pillow Treatment

Dan Horowitz
                                                              The Pillow Treatment

                                                      Dan Horowitz & Bruce Merri
Photos by Nikki Artale

It is not often that I meet a man who makes an impression on me, but last week I met a gentleman that I was quite impressed with. He is Dan Horowitz who wrote a book called “The Pillow Treatment”, telling his life story about health, wealth, psychic encounters and how to please women sexually. It is a tell all book starting from his days in the 60’s as a swinger to his still full healthy active life style.

Dan has traveled all over the world with his sons Randy and Ronnie and on one fishing trip to Mexico he landed a huge fish. He caught it at 12:00 noon and finally brought it in 12 hours later and he proudly has it mounted in his great room.

                                                      Dan Horowitz

Dan believes in reincarnation. He had heard about a doctor from UCLA medical school who had regressed people back in time. Dan went to see him and while under hypnosis he had memories, as a nine year old boy, of being in the town of Lindos, on the Isle of Rhodes in the 18th century. He saw his Greek mother was his sister Leona. He could actually smell the ocean and feel the sea breeze. When he finally did visit Lindos, everything matched perfectly as he had seen it in his regression. Dan believes that we reincarnate to become wise and to learn how to be happy and live life to the fullest. He also believes that women he has met in this lifetime have been in his life in the past.

A positive look on life and attitude is important to Dan as he wakes up every day and looks forward to the day that he knows will be a happy day for him. He wrote the book “The Pillow Treatment” because he has been happy his whole life and he wants to teach the world to be happy too. His day starts off with stretches, a shower and breakfast which include 30 vitamins and minerals. He exercises 2 hours a day and is in better health than men half his age.

His other form of exercise is in his beautiful pool in a backyard paradise that borders a golf course in the back of his property and a private putting green. He also takes the time to go out to lunch a few times a week with his friends.When he finally comes home he is greeted by his dog Buddy who is happy to see him home.

It took 18 months for Dan to write his book and it is filled with a lifetime of fun that paints a picture of his colorful life that includes his many business ventures that made him a millionaire. He enjoys the Rolls Royce and Jaguar that is parked in his garage and the spacious palatial home that he lives in.

Dan is in his office in the morning, staying in contact with his friends and Bruce Merrin, President and owner of Celebrity Speakers Entertainment and Bruce Merrin Public Relations. Bruce has been in business for 38 years and has booked many famous superstars, entertainers and best selling Authors. Bruce is representing Dan and he recently booked Dan on the Playboy Sirius Radio Show where he talked about “The Pillow Treatment”

A lot of toys are present in his great room, three TV sets, game and pinball machines and high up on the ceiling is a miniature train that rides on a tract through the rooms. Dan enjoys all the pleasures of life and he describes it all in his book which is a must read.

One of the many pictures that are hanging in his home show parts of his life such as the Laughing Jackalope that he owned on the strip. He made up a story about the Jackalope, that if you see it you will have luck the rest of your life. He goes into more detail about it in his book, so you will have to read the book to get the whole story.

Dan said he thinks women are now more outgoing about talking about sex than they were years ago and he would know from all the experiences he has had with many women. He is enjoying the people he is meeting and he is having a lot of fun and looking forward to all the new things he will be involved in, having written this book. Dan shared that he has a beautiful girlfriend named Gina who he describes as beautiful, sweet, loving and caring and she is the only woman in his life now. That is so nice to hear him say this about his girlfriend and especially that he no longer goes out with other women as she is the one for him.

As I said before, I really enjoyed meeting Dan and interviewing him. He is a gentle, loving soul who is the picture of happiness and love. He has touched the hearts and lives of the people around him. Read his life story in The Pillow Treatment and add the technique in your life and experience happiness.

                                         Nikki Artale, Dan Horowitz