First full-time job at the Helena, MT Independent-Record 1964 as a sports writer
Interviewing the great Casey Stengel at an old timers game in Cincinnati, 1973
Trailing daredevil Evel Knievel after his 1975 bus jump at Kings Island, Ohio
Tagging along with golf great Jack Nicklaus who was caddying for his son
Marquette coach Al McGuire broke down in tears when Marquette won the NCAA Final Four in 1977. That’s Norm Clarke, then with The AP, seated behind him
Was interviewing 1976 World Series MVP Johnny Bench when NBC’s Tony Kubek jumped in.
My ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ Vegas Confidential Billboard, 1999
Muhammad Ali eating an apple at the premiere of “Ali” at the Palms
Hanging out with Hefner and his blonde bunnies, early 2000s
Ringing in 2004 with Anna Nicole Smith
Chatting with film legend Tony Curtis in 2009 before we did a Q & A session that led to my interview series “Conversations with Norm” five years later.
On KTNV-TV’s ‘Morning Blend’ with Pia Zadora
With the King of Comedy, Shecky Greene, a true Las Vegas icon
Somebody photoshopped my eyepatch on the wrong eye for a speaking appearance at Madame Tussauds.
Legendary drag queen Frank Marino in the Mob Museum courtroom with KTNV-TV meteorologist, Bryan Scofield, and I to promote Frank’s “Nothing But the Truth” appearance on “Conversations with Norm.”
Washington Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper at a downtown event in his honor after winning National MVP
Shaq told me his first trip to Las Vegas was as a 19-year-old with LSU and he claims he hit the gaming tables.
Ventriloquist and “America’s Got Talent” winner Terry Fator was my first guest on “Conversations with Norm” and he had a jaw-dropping story: he grew in a Texas commune with a father who was a tyrannical religious zealot.
Pete Rose and I’ve had some tense times but they were outnumbered by good times and great quotes.
The definition of great company: Olivia Newton John, Marie Osmond and Leeza Gibbons at the Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Woman of the Year Black and White Ball.
My first interview with fiery chef Gordon Ramsay, who was on his best behavior, I swear.
On the wall at the Palm restaurant in 2012
Donny Osmond surprised me at my 2004 book launch of “Sinsational Celebrity Tales” at the Playboy Club at the Palms in 2004.
My wife Cara and I met Mariah Carey in July 2015, the night she thanked billionaire beau James Packer from the stage for the huge diamond necklace she was wearing. They split a year later.
There’s nothing quite like the grand entrance as ceremonial mayor for the Hofbrauhaus’ kegtapping event during Oktoberfest. Did it 10 years in a row and it never got old. No busted knuckles either. Mayor Oscar Goodman bloodied his.
Frank Marino wowed as one of the best storytellers we’ve had on “Conversations with Norm.”
Wedding day: Oct. 6, 2012 with Rumor, in tux, and Scandal. (Adam Frazier photo)
Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux had Cabaret Jazz roaring with laughter during a 2016 “Conversation with Norm.” Google his name, mine, and Arnold Palmer for one of the most hilarious sports stories ever.
January 2017: starting a new chapter. Thanks, Elite Media and Chad McCullough!
With Mark Evans, my videographer and web designer
Norm and Carrot Top having fun at “Conversations With Norm”. (Photo credit: Jerry Metellus).