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When Merv Griffin owned the Atlantic City casino (05/26/93)

A few days ago, we shared an iconic photo of the Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City that hadn’t seen the light of day in 44 years.

Today, thanks (again) to photographer Gregg Kohl… we unveil another iconic photograph from the 15th anniversary of the Resorts Casino Hotel… when it was owned by the legendary Merv Griiffin.

I worked for Mr. Griffin for two years. He was a true gentleman, a wonderful owner and a wonderful, kind and decent man.

This photo, taken on May 26, 1993 by Kohl, is filled with national celebrities and local, county and state elected legends.

Here’s the lineup for this incredible shot from front and center, then left to right:

  • Steve Lawrence
  • Merv Griffin
  • Senator Steve Perskie
  • Senator Bill Gormley
  • Atlantic City Mayor, future Assemblyman and Senator Jim Whelan
  • Atlantic County Executive Dick Squires
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor

“By the time 15 years had passed at Resorts Casino Hotel, The Atlantic City Press was a full-color daily and doing well,” Kohl said.

Kohl also shared with us that the Resorts Casino Hotel’s 15th anniversary special event on the Atlantic City Boardwalk didn’t attract the mainstream media that covered the first day of play on May 26, 1978.

The iconic photograph Kohl took on May 26, 1978 was the first color photograph to appear in Atlantic City Press.

If you missed our in-depth Day 1 coverage at the Resorts International Hotel and Casino, here’s a link:

Read more: The story behind the iconic Atlantic City photo hasn’t been seen in 44 years

It was now 15 years later and The Atlantic City Press was a color newspaper.

According to Kohl, “Color print film was the status quo for all assignments in 1993. The press had purchased a full range of the most modern equipment at that time to develop film and make prints.”

“Digital photography wasn’t there yet and we were still making contact prints (an 8 x 10 sheet of paper with 36 small images on it), from there the editors circled the images they wanted to enlarge to enter in the actual paper,” Khol said.

Kohl could see that times were changing in his business.

“I was always running all over Atlantic City and South Jersey covering all types of events. The only difference was that around this time I was beginning to see minor changes in the inner workings of the newspaper and had already begun planning my exit (from The Atlantic City Press) which would come in 1996,” Kohl said.

Since then, Kohl has operated his own thriving photography business.

Today’s modern equipment has completely changed the game.

“When I walk into a job today, we have the latest digital cameras and lenses that make my job so much easier with instant autofocus and the ability to let the camera do all the work. job, my job now is to focus on the best image to select after the event is over,” Kohl said.

As always, a picture is worth a thousand words. As pictured above, with Steve Lawrence re-enacting the iconic Resorts opening day craps scene… 15 years later.

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