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Nevada Historical Society presents High Noon with Neal Cobb Fall Series: Dempsey in Nevada
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Nevada Historical Society presents High Noon with Neal Cobb, a wonderful history series that delves into fascinating Nevada topics with local experts. Neal Cobb is a passionate historian and honorary curator for the Nevada Historical Society. He loves all things Nevada. Join Neal Cobb and our monthly speakers as we explore interesting topics and join in the audience conversations.
Jack Dempsey left footprints all over Nevada. From the rough-and-tumble mining camps of Tonopah, Goldfield and Ely to a whore house in Wells to the mansion district of Reno and the luxury resorts of Las Vegas, Dempsey’s life story from hobo kid to heavyweight boxing champion to beloved American icon can be told in his forays through the Silver State in the first three-quarters of the 20th Century.
Journalist and author Guy Clifton spent years researching Dempsey’s travels in Nevada, using photo archives, newspaper accounts, oral histories, interviews with those who knew him and Dempsey’s own words to tell a remarkable chapter of a remarkable life.
September Speaker: Guy Clifton
Guy Clifton is an award-winning journalist, author, and Nevada history buff. Raised in the central Nevada Gabbs and attended Gabbs schools before attending the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Reynolds School of Journalism.
He started his professional career as sports editor of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza in 1986 before serving as editor of The Record-Courier in Gardnerville. His 30-plus-year newspaper career is perhaps best known for the 22 years he spent at the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Clifton is the author of eight books, all with Nevada themes, including the popular “You Know You’re a Nevadan, if…” series. In 2022, he was honored as a Distinguished Nevadan by the University of Nevada system for his contributions to the Silver State.