Topless Dancer World Championship November 1993 at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas – $20,000 First Prize 178 Contestants. I finished in the top 10 and as a finalist I was included in the production video of the even called “Perfect 10” as a featured dancer. Here are my videos from the competition.
THE 1ST ANNUAL GENTLEMEN’S CLUB OWNERS EXPO 1993
The Stardust Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
For the first three years of its existence, starting in 1991, ED Publications was simply the Annual Adult Nightclubs Guide (then dubbed the EXOTIC DANCER Directory). There were no bimonthly Club Bulletins and no Gentlemen’s Club Owners Expos until …
by Don Waitt
Publisher & Founder, Exotic Dancer Publications
In 1993, Michael J. Peter of the Pure Platinum, Solid Gold and Dollhouse chain teamed with pay-per-view video producer Ed Rasen to do a huge Topless Dancer World Championship contest at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas. Since there were going to be entertainers and some club owners at the showgirl competition, I talked to Peter and Rasen about doing a small convention at the same time, and the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO was launched November 19-21, 1993.
The entire show—panels and exhibit booths—all fit into one room at the Stardust. We had about 300 attendees and 27 exhibitors. There were no feature showcases, no off-property parties and no ED’s Awards Show, but the panels and tradeshow were well attended and that first EXPO set our course for the next 20 years of providing club owners with their very own convention to hear professional speakers address topics specific to our industry, to rub shoulders with other adult nightclub owners, and to see the latest products and services for the industry.
That year the entire ED staff was myself and Jim Hayek, who at that time worked with me on a concert industry magazine that I was also publishing. I couldn’t have done the show without Jim, and I like to think that the true pay-off for his help was that at that EXPO he met feature entertainer Lauren Foxxwho later became Mrs. Ann Marie Hayek, and together they established the successful Pure Talent Agency. Also chipping in from a concert industry magazine that I was also publishing at the time was Terry Lowe who helped organize the panel sessions.
The first-ever EXPO panel session was “Promoting Your Club” with Michael J. Peter, Dawn Rizos of The Lodge (then of Caligula in Dallas), Ed Rasen of Showcase Media, Phil Johnson of Bailey’s 20/20 in Los Angeles, andRalph Alden of Babe’s in Scottsdale. Next up was “Staying Open In A Hostile City” with attorneys John Westonand Luke Lirot, and James Greer of National Beverage Law Services.