There are few cities as infinitely bright as Las Vegas, but there are also few cities as glaringly temporary. Every time the Strip gets a facelift, it loses one of its iconic neon signs, which for decades have lit up the desert like a giant welcome mat. Thankfully, a few stars of the city's Golden Age have been preserved. Lee Cowan visits the Neon Museum.
A Betsey Johnson fashion show can seem a bit like a three-ring circus with as much action behind-the-scenes as there is on the runway. And every show concludes with Johnson's signature move: A cartwheel on the runway. It's no small feat for the 74-year-old. Since the 1960s, the maniacally free-spirited designer's clothes have been the uniform for folks that didn't want to look like everyone else. Serena Altschul gets a glimpse into Johnson's world.
Architect Hugh Hardy has renewed and restored many of New York City's best-known landmarks and public spaces, from the New Amsterdam and New Victory Theatres near Times Square, to the fabled Radio City Music Hall. As he explained to Rita Braver, he did not try to alter the Music Hall's Art Deco-era design. "Nobody could be so arrogant as to think they can improve Radio City. It can't be done!" he said. Originally broadcast October 3, 1999.
The brilliant lights of Sin City have marked an oasis in the Nevada Desert since the 1930s, when Las Vegas first became synonymous with gambling, entertainment and nightlife. Correspondent Larry Bowen talks with architectural historian Alan Hess and casino owner Steve Wynn about the city that never stops reinventing (and rebuilding) itself. Originally broadcast on "Sunday Morning" on December 24, 1993.