with launching the modern dining era in Vegas when he opened Spago at the Forum Shops in 1992. On August 5, 1966, Sarno welcomed Batman, Jimmy Hoffa and about 1,000 other guests to an orgy of excitement inside Caesars Palace. Rusty Erickson, who was questioned by state gaming agents after his 19-year-old son won 1,061,811 on a Million Dollar Baby slot at Caesars Palace. But when the Forum Shops opened at Caesars, decked in marble and statuary and topped with a cloud-covered ceiling that changed before your eyes, the proof was in the emptying shelves. I miss that motion of having your hands raised. You fight in Vegas, Caesars Palace in particular, and youve made. Ill never forget it, and Ill never forget how jazzed I was and how jazzed the crowd was and just the electric feeling that you can only get at a great championship fight. We did wild numbers in the early days, Robins says. photo: unlv Special Collections/Courtesy, the Bacchanal Room, circa 1970. The next year:.4 million. It took more than a decade for Robbie to get permission to try the jumpand rider Gary Wells suffered his own brutal failure in the intervening yearsbut on April 14, 1989, another red, white and blue-clad Knievel revved his engine and faced the Caesars fountains. day 1 employee Jim Dunbar spent 21 years as the graveyard shift valet at Caesars Palace and met plenty of the casinos celebrity guests on the job. As the New York Times reported on August 8, 1966, Guests checked into assigned rooms only to find that carpenters, plumbers and carpeting crews were still at work in them.