Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, who was a legendary Las Vegas odds maker, would frequent the Reading Room. He was a very entertaining person to me. He was always known to be a colorful, brash and sometimes controversial man. He didn’t disappoint during his visits. I remember how he used to complain about the size of our pancakes. He would say “these aren’t meant for a big man!” due to the thinness of them. Funny thing was, he would order them every morning he showed up.
World famous jockey Angel Cordero and his family would sit at the big round table in the center of the porch. I enjoyed taking care of him and his family. He used to flash that big smile and was always very pleasant.
These high-profile sports celebrities were all just a part of the experience that made my job at the Reading Room so delightful. Each day you would have the opportunity to engage, get to know and enjoy prominent people like the ones I mentioned. From one day to the next you would be amazed at who you would see right before your eyes. I loved working there. Oh yeah, I can’t forget to mention it again. The tip money continued to be awfully good!
For the next installment, chapter four, we'll meet "The New Breed"
Jimmy "The Greek"
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