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ROBERT FORMICA Robert C. Formica, an 18-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. "Bob" was born July 4, 1938, in New York, one of seven children born to a music conductor and professor father, Robert, and a political activist mother, Josephine, who once made an unsuccessful bid for the New York Legislature. After graduating from high school, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force. He began work in programming while stationed in Puerto Rico, and worked with the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network Services. Bob later earned a degree in telecommunications in Los Angeles, and studied at an acting academy there. In the early 1970's, Bob worked as a video cameraman at Universal Studios, followed by three years with the Burbank Police Department in California. He then resumed employment at Universal as show captain, overseeing production and performances of the theme park's live-action stunt shows, working at various times as a technical director, stage manager and stunt coordinator. He also enjoyed occasional small acting jobs, being credited with approximately 20 feature films and 50 television shows. Bob relocated to Las Vegas in 1994 and opened Boulder Station as the entertainment production manager. For many patrons, Bob was the face of the Railhead and often the face of Boulder Station generally. He was fondly nicknamed "Boulder Bob," and eventually became production manager as well for Santa Fe Station in 2009. He continued both production manager positions until late 2011. Bob was instrumental in Boulder Station's winning the Academy of Country Music's Casino of the Year award three times, a national award and an industry record. His treatment of the entertainers and their teams was stellar and earned him their admiration and respect. He is also remembered as the consummate best buddy to his male friends and the epitome of a gentleman to his female friends. Bob is survived by his sisters, Diane and Theresa; his brother, Dick; and countless friends and fans, including his dear friend, Anne Featherstone. Bob's final resting place will be Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Buchanan Blvd., Boulder City. Services will be private. However, there will be a celebratory tribute at 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, in the Railhead at Boulder Station, which is open to the public.

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