The Pain Behind The Smile – Goodbye Robin Williams

RIP Robin Williams - LasVegasNewsBlog.comRobin Williams, Academy Award-winning Actor and Grammy Award Comedian, Died Today, August 11, 2014 of Apparent Suicide.

The following content between the dotted lines were written by a very good friend. I saw her post about Robin Williams on FACEBOOK and asked if I could repost here on LasVegasNewsBlog.
Written by Elizabeth Taher Kovic
It’s always so jarring when someone like Robin Williams dies. Particularly because like many of my peers, we felt like we almost knew him. His familiarity was like one of the kids you went to high school with. The one that was ways doing something when the teacher’s back was turned. The one that said everything cleverly. All the things you thought, that flew out of his mouth so brilliantly.

Probably the one who went home at night and cried in the darkness. The one who never, ever let his guard down. The one who hid behind the funny man mask. Busy parading around with a clown nose and a lampshade hat. Not sure which demons he was fighting. We all have our share. His brand of humor was delicious, like Shakespeare’s Puck. A mischievous imp who gets the love in the end.

I am so saddened to see him go. He gave his audiences so many gifts. Rip Robin Williams. Just one more gone before you had the right to go.
As I read my friends post on FACEBOOK, Elizabeth expressed what I was thinking. He touched so many peoples lives in a rainbow of ways. Thank you Elizabeth Kovic for allowing me to use your post about Robin Williams.

– Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you are making too much money.- I went to rehab in wine country just to keep my options open.

– Jonathan taught me that the world is open for play, that everything and everybody is mockable, in a wonderful way.

– Comedy is acting out optimism.

– See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.

As an Actor he had over “102 Movie” Credits! Not to mention Voice-Over Work, Writing work, Producer,Director…

– Good Will Hunting
– Patch Adams
– Mrs. Doubtfire
– The Fisher King
– Dead Poet Society
– Awakening
– Good Morning Vietnam
– Moscow on the Hudson
And TV Show  – Mork & Mindy!

The Following Statisitics Were From

Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.

  • Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.
  • There are twice as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
  • Over half of all suicides occur in adult men, ages 25-65.
  • Over half of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully.
15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide.
The strongest risk factor for suicide is DEPRESSION.
Depression and Suicide Is Serious. It Can Happen To Anyone at Anytime. Get HELP. Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hrs. a Day:

In the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255


Thanks For The Memories and The Laughs,
Robby LeBlanc


What is Vertigo?

Brain Werner and VickieWhat is VERTIGO? Vertigo is a sensation of spinning, whirling and loss of balance. One often feels sick to their stomach when a vertigo event occurs.

Vickie Pieper’s Vertigo Story…
On March 3, 2014 I took Vickie Pieper to QuickCare in Las Vegas because we thought she had a concussion due to bumping her head on a shelf. It swelled up like a golf ball. Plus, she was extremely dizzy and could not keep her balance.The doctor at QuickCare said Vickie needed to go the the emergency room immediately due to the severity of the bump.

 Turns out she did indeed have a severe concussion and a bad case of “VERTiGO”. The hospital tried treating the vertigo to no avail. Then we heard about Brian Werner from “FYZICAL Therapy & Balance in Henderson, Nevada. Vickie had 3 session with them. All was well.

Last week, out of the blue, without warning, the VERTIGO returned. Vickie struggled for 6 days. Then Brian recommended his last resort, The Epily Chair. After one session the VERTIGO was GONE! I saw this with my own eyes. The session in the chair was rough on Vickie, then watching the monitor with Brain Werner, we saw the vertigo STOPPED! No more spinning or dizziness! It was truly amazing.

Watch the video below to see the HEALING in progress.

Barry Meyer President of Tuff-N-Uff Passes Away

Barry Meyer - President of Tuff-N-UffBarry Meyer, President of The Mixed Martial Arts Organization Tuff-N-Uff, Passed Away on  Wednesday, October 15, 2013 After a Long Battle With Depression.

Barry’s brother, Jeff Meyer, Vice-President of  Tuff-N-Uff confirmed during a conversation with that Barry Meyer had passed away and taken his own life.

“Barry fought valiantly against depression for several years,” Jeff said. “Today, unfortunately, he lost that battle.”

Tuff-N-Uff was founded in 1994. The purpose was to promote combat sports. In reality, what Barry Meyer did over the past 20 years, along with his brother Jeff was help young fighters to realize a dream. The dream to compete in Mixed Martial Arts. Some wanted to fight just to do it, while others trained  with the hopes that maybe someday, they may be good enough to fight in a big show like UFC. And some of those Tuff-N-Uff fighters have realized that DREAM. Those UFC fighters include Ronda Rousey, Ryan Couture and Jon Fitch, all of whom have competed in a Tuff-N-Uff event.

I met Barry Meyer in 2009 at the Orleans Hotel Casino at a Tuff-N-Uff event.This was my first MMA event. I took hundreds of photos of the event. Then created a short video over from all the photos which I posted on Youtube. I created the video for  A few short days later I received an email from Barry Meyer saying, ” Great Video! Hope to see you again at the next Tuff-N-Uff event.” To which I responded, ” Get me Press Credentials  and I’ll be at every fight.”

Sure enough, the next Tuff-N-Uff I had my own seat ring side with my name on it and I’ve been attending ever since.

Barry Meyer was a DREAM BUILDER, Great Friend and Very Kind person. He touched and inspired the soul and spirit of thousands of MMA fans and fighters over his 20 year career.  Barry Meyer will be greatly missed in the MMA community. I will miss my friend.


WHEN: Friday October 18, 2013

King David Memorial Chapel
2967 E. Eldorado Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada 89120
Phone: 702-464-8570

Depression and Suicide Is Serious.It Can Happen To Anyone at Anytime.
Get HELP. Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hrs. a Day:
In the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255

Rest In Peace Barry Meyer…

Thanks For Sharing Your Passion Barry,
Robby LeBlanc


Understanding Obamacare – HELP!!!

Local Las Vegas Attorney Bob Massi put on a seminar Wednesday evening, May 22, 2013 at the Oquendo Center called “Understanding Obamacare”.

Bob Massi, a TV Personality, Author, Spekaer and Legal Analyst for FOX News has been in Las Vegas practicing Law since 1975. He has seen all the changes in Nevada over the years. Obamacare is another change…a HUGE CHANGE!

Love it or HATE it, Obamacare is here and it will effect everyone to some degree or another. There were about 150 people in the audience listening to Robert Massi and one of his insurance associates filter thru the “Obamacare Plan”. (I got to the seminar late and didn’t get his associates name.)


LIFE LESSON #13 – Learned on Mount Kilimanjaro

by Robby LeBlanc

“Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me”. –Anonymous

Treking on a Mountain like Kilimanjaro brings with it the opportunity to express one’s best and worst qualities. Las Vegas Guitarist Robby LeBlanc learned some valuable lesson while climbing this bad boy in July 2012.This was a FIRST TIME Kilimanajaro climb for everyone in our group with the exception of Werner Berger and our guides and porters. So it was only natural that nerves and energy levels varied, depending on the what aspect of the climb we were experiencing.

Tempers can run short for anyone when stress levels are pushed and physical and mental boundries are pressed.

For Instance:
On this adventure Werner Berger and our Master Guide Michael Kamilli led our group up Kilimanjaro.We truly had the best of two worlds from a GUIDE standpoint.