12 December 1973 – 27 November 2020
Tony Hsieh, Las Vegas Super-Businessman, Dies at Age 46
(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA)—Las Vegas lost yet another brilliant-minded developer. A man with a vision that changed the local scene in Downtown, Las Vegas.
Born in Urbana, Illinois on 12 December 1973, Tony Hsieh died on 27 November 2020 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Just two weeks and one day from his 47th birthday.
The Las Vegas legendary super-businessman is said to have lost his life from complications of injuries sustained in a Connecticut housefire on 18 November 2020.
Like many sudden deaths of people dying before their time there has been a rush of speculation, sketchy and inaccurate reporting with changes occurring frequently.
We need to wait awhile and allow the family time for healing and privacy. It may be sometime before we have the full, accurate detail of what really happened to Tony Hsieh to take him at such a young age.
Then we will learn the full story.
There are many news reports of the tragedy one can find by simple searches.
There is a lot to learn about Hsieh’s life. Just when he was retiring from Zappos, a company he was CEO at for 21 years, his life was cut short.
Zappos online shoe and clothing company, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, was sold to Amazon in 2009 for over one-billion dollars.
Hsieh stayed on as CEO until on 24 August 2020 when he abruptly retired.
Zappos moved from nearby Henderson, Nevada to Downtown Las Vegas moving into the former Las Vegas City Hall when city officials vacated it after building the new City Hall at 495 South Main Street, Las Vegas.
Smoke inhalation and complications from injuries from the housefire on 18 November 2020 is said to have taken his life. It is said he died peacefully, with his family at his side.
It is always tragic when family loses a loved one, especially during the Christmas season.
I lost nearly my entire family during the Christmas season or near then, and no matter how much time passes there is always memories and moments of missing all those who have since gone.
We pray for Tony Hsieh and his family.
Take a few moments and search the history of this young man who began brilliant financial and business moves from a young age and follow his life to the end.
He was founder and developer of the Downtown Project, a Las Vegas redevelopment and startup company.
Tony Hsieh had just moved to Park City, Utah before the tragedy occurred. He traveled with his brother to Connecticut to visit.
Downtown Las Vegas and the Vegas Valley will mourn and remember Tony Hsieh for a long time to come.
News & Research Links About the Life & Death of Tony Hsieh
The age-old hotel and casino was recently purchased by the owners of the D, the former Fitzgerald. Several commenters on the Las Vegas Review Journal thread mentioned they’d like to see the name “Las Vegas Club” stay, but that won’t happen. Derek and Greg Stevens owners of the D Las Vegas said they only purchased the real-estate and structure, not the business, the name or the player database. So that means the Las Vegas Club will open somewhere else and some other name will be attached to the new business when upgrades are completed.
The Stevens brothers also own 60% of the Golden Gate which is across the street, one of the original, if not the original casino in Downtown Vegas. The Stevens Brothers have renovated a few properties downtown and intend to continuing like transaction in the Fremont Street Experience area which has just had new rules put in place for the over abundance of street buckers that the City and casinos have been trying to run off for years.
Numerous complaints come in about the buskers, although for many we find them to be pleasant attractions. The city has been unable to drive the street entertainers out completely because the ACLU protects them for free speech. The Fremont Street Experience is private and public which makes it a complicated situation. But rumors have it that they will again attempt to drive off the buskers by creating expensive permits. When selfishness and greed dominates there’s little room for the little guy to survive. In the 86 years the Las Vegas Club has been running countless street performers made a living along its shadows. It wouldn’t hurt to just make some practical rules everybody can live with and then just get along. There is enough cash flow coming into town everybody can win. And the street buskers are like everybody and everything else, some people love them and some people hate them.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino as seen from the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown, Las Vegas. This image was taken in 2010 just before the closing for renovations. The Plaza has since reopened.
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley.wordpress.com)–Day Light Savings Time begins today. Did you remember to set your clocks ahead? For some of us we don’t have to, the electronics does it for us, such as the clocks in our cell phones. Put we are still surrounded with old-school technology which takes effort to “spring ahead” those clocks and get us ready for more SUNSHINE!
It was fun watching the computer clock move from 1:59AM to 3:00AM in less than a keystroke. WARP Speed ahead.
As a reminder, it’s always a great idea to change those smoke detector batteries too, while resetting your clocks. Twice a year we do this during “spring ahead” and “fall back” time changes.
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Eye-Opening Morning Headlines
Air force chief: Malaysia jet may have turned back KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Mar. 9, 2014 4:54 AM ET
Our heart & prayers goes out to the families and loved ones of all 239 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH370. It is tragic when any airliner is lost. It is even more tragic when an airliner vanishes without a trace leaving behind no factual explanation for its loss. We reserve conscious respect without speculation as we await actual discovery of evidence into the lost flight that went off the radar screen without warning. The mystery surrounding the fate of the passengers aboard flight MH370 is disturbing. Before commenting further, we will hold our thoughts, other than to say we are deeply sorrowed for the ones who lost someone on that flight bound for some unknown and unplanned destiny.
Why Malaysia Airlines jet might have disappeared Mar. 8, 2014 8:07 PM ET NEW YORK (AP)– The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth.
So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call.
It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing….
Related Resources & Information
Malaysia Airlines Plane, Flight MH370, Goes Missing (The World Post)
The Miracle of Flight 571 from JX Writings WordPress Blog
Duck Duck Go SEARCH: Malaysia Airlines MH370
Flight Radar 24 .com
On 1 June 1962, The Everly Brothers, under the Warner Brother’s label, released their song, Ebony Eyes. It was a story sang about an ebony-eyed love one lost in the dark skies during a tragic flight into an unknown destiny. Heartfelt, this song must reflect some idea of the chills that run through the human body when such fate is announced to the loved one waiting for their arrival. We pray, that somehow under the Heavens, these souls can find comfort and solitude for the agony they now endure while they and the world waits for the news of what happened to flight MH370.
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Pilot Killed in Fallon, Nevada Fighter-Jet Crash Is Identified (AP)
32-year-old pilot, Marine Captain, Reid Nannen, was flying out of Fallon, Nevada in a U.S. Marine F/A-18C fighter jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, according to the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, when it crashed a week ago, Saturday, 01 March 2014. Nannen was on a training exercise in the western Nevada region when the jet fighter went down. Weather and location delayed search & rescue operations for the downed fighter and its pilot. Rescue workers encountered a snow storm in remote, mountainous terrain before reaching the crash site where Nannen perished. The Navy range training complex where Nannen’s fighter jet went down is east of the Fallon Naval Air Station. Fallon is located in Western Nevada.