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Armed only with a Master's degree in psychology, I got the job doorman at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas.

Background Information

Jay grew up in Hollywood during the seventies: sex, drugs and rock n roll were the sub-culture of the time.

Jay decided to go to college and received his B.A. in Psychology. He later received his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in family counseling as well as addiction counseling. He also worked as a probation officer for Los Angeles County. Jay brought with him a very unique perspective when he landed the job as the late night doorman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The job gave him the insider’s view of real Vegas life, the grit behind the glitz.. Jay reveals a Vegas few people know exists.

In his position as a doorman, Rankin found himself at the intersection of two worlds: the flashy, electric exterior of the Las Vegas strip, and its gritty hidden infrastructure. Surrounded by hordes of visitors whose singular goal was often to cross lines.




Birth Place
Los Angeles, CA USA

UNDER THE NEON SKY....A Las Vegas Doorman's Story received the 'Finalist' award at the National Indie Excellence Awards AND Best Books 2010 Awards in the Autobiography/Memoir category.

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All articles, reviews and TV interviews can be found on Jay's website:

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Under the Neon Sky - Official Website
Under the Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman's Story When you think of Las Vegas, chances are you picture slot machines, card tables, casinos, showgirls, and maybe even Elvis. Yes, those things can all be found in abundance on the Strip, but take it from someone who's lived and worked in Sin City: that's just the tip of the iceberg. In his riveting debut, Jay Rankin presents the true story of a Vegas few people know exists.

Under The Neon Sky
Please see reviews, press releases, radio, magazine, and TV interviews by clicking on the 'media' tab on the website.

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