Photographer's Note


The classic 1964 French film "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") leaped to mind when I saw this unusual scene in the lobby of the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The film had starred the very beautiful actress Catherine Deneuve… unhappily nowhere to be seen in the lobby of the Venetian.

We had descended on Las Vegas with full team, not to partake in the defining industry of the city, gambling, but rather to attend the wedding of a nephew and his new bride, and to celebrate a family reunion.


The weather in Las Vegas during mid May was nothing short of sensational — blue skies, dry, and relatively cool. The one unpleasant experience was the flight from Washington, DC to Las Vegas. The Airbus A-319 in which we were flying had serious mechanical trouble. A monotonic voice from the cockpit announced, “We’ve lost the main electric generator… and we've lost the back-up generator. But we do have a second back-up generator. To be safe,” the announcer continued, “… we are going to land in Denver, so that we can sort things out.” It is quite rare for a generator to fail. It is much much rarer for two to fail. Suspecting an endemic problem that was shorting out the generators, I became worried about the last generator. At the very moment of the announcement the view from the window suggested that gliding down to the ground sans electrical power was not an option.

However, we did make a successful pit stop in Denver, where an identical plane had been prepared for us. And we continued onto our final destination, Las Vegas, in an otherwise seamless flight — just 2:15 hours late.

I dedicate this photo to nephew, Jay Ward and his lovely new bride, Danielle.

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