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From: "Gallaher, Brenda ." <BGallahe -at-> Subject: RE: [WHITNEY-L] Interesting Obituary Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 09:33:28 -0600 It just goes to show that the Whitneys are still fighting this countries wars and not just the American Revolution. Brenda (This interesting piece was in the LV Review Journal 6/28/03. I am copying it as it appeared, but there is also a nice photo of the man. If anyone is interested I'd be happy to send the clipping. Marion Whitney Martin) LEW WHITNEY Lew Whitney, 88, of Las Vegas died June 25, 2003. He was born in New York City, at age 17 he went to Los Angeles, where he became interested in playing the Harmonica. He was a protege of Larry Adler. After 2 years he entered the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, and won. He then joined the Harmonicats and toured all over the country on the National Theater Circuit. In 1934 he settled in Santa Barbara, where he became a Maitre D' at Ronald Coleman's San Ysidro Ranch and during his tenure he encountered many of Hollywood's most famous names including, Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable, Lew Ayers, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Ronald Coleman, Jean Harlow, and many more. Then World War II came and Lew entered the Navy as a volunteer, he was sent to radar school and became a Radar Operator in Naval Air Reconnaissance. He was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He flew over 25,000 air hours. At the end of 1945, he was discharged at the San Francisco base, as a Chief Radio man. At age 31 he was ready to meet the real world. He returned to Santa Barbara where he worked at the famous Biltmore Hotel until opening his own restaurant called "The Talk of the Town" where he remained for several years. In 1949 he got tired of the glitz and glamour and headed for the quiet and serenity of old Las Vegas. He worked as a bartender at the Last Frontier, where he was a charter member of the Bartenders Union. He got to know everyone of the entertainment crown appearing on the Strip One of the famous patrons was Howard Hughes. At this time he had had his fill of the service and catering part of his life. He met Bud Bodell, who had been in charge of all the security during the building of Hoover Dam, plus a business of his own called "Merchant Patrol", he offered Lew the business and Mr. Whitney became a detective and held detective badge #6 in the state of Nevada. Lew went to Los Angeles and learned the alarm business, where he worked for free. He worked from a small shop in his home on Las Vegas Blvd. South next to the old Sands Hotel. He installed his first alarm in the Thrifty Drug Store on Fremont Street. In the beginning he was a salesman, installer, bookkeeper and ran service at night. He also made most of the alarm components since alarm suppliers were few and had a very limited inventory on a very small amount of items. The company was started in 1950 as Merchant Patrol and Alarm. Lew met Ethel, owner of the "Telephone Answering Bureau", they married and together they formed Alarmco's Central Monitoring Station. The corporate name Alarmco, Inc. was initiated in 1964. Alarmco has grown into a thriving business with over 97 dedicated employees, many of whom have been with the company for 15-30 years. He treated everyone at Alarmco with respect and was never offended by any employee calling him by his first name. He was an active member of the Las Vegas Executive Association. Lew Whitney is survived by his wife Ethel, his sister, Bea Baum and his extended Alarmco Family. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Viewing will be held today, 6/28/03, 4-7 p.m. at The Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main Street. Services will be held Sunday, 6/29/03 at 1 p.m., also at Palm Mortuary. The family suggests donations be made to the "Make a Wish Foundation." (I have transcribed this exactly as it appeared, commas and all.)

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