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Skip Towne
01-11-2007, 08:44 PM
I remember during the '85 World Series, I heard the mayor of KC went to his seat and Nick was sitting in it. Or does anyone know who Nick is?

dirk digler
01-11-2007, 08:49 PM
Did he change his last name to Athan? That Athan guy owes me some money so if you see him let me know.

DomerNKC
01-11-2007, 08:53 PM
I remember during the '85 World Series, I heard the mayor of KC went to his seat and Nick was sitting in it. Or does anyone know who Nick is?i Knew who he was. I believe he is deceased. I will say no more than he was a valuable member of the business community for fear of retaliation.

Skip Towne
01-11-2007, 08:56 PM
i Knew who he was. I believe he is deceased. I will say no more than he was a valuable member of the business community for fear of retaliation.
Hehe, you DO know who he was (IS).

dirk digler
01-11-2007, 08:59 PM
So who is he then? He is part of the mob or something?

DomerNKC
01-11-2007, 09:01 PM
So who is he then? He is part of the mob or something?STFU

dirk digler
01-11-2007, 09:04 PM
STFU

Is he dead?

WilliamTheIrish
01-11-2007, 09:04 PM
Nick died in 83. So maybe you're thinking of the '80 WS.

dirk digler
01-11-2007, 09:05 PM
If he is dead why should I be scared? Is his ghost lurking on ChiefsPlanet?

DomerNKC
01-11-2007, 09:07 PM
nope, he has "family". And they are all good people.

WilliamTheIrish
01-11-2007, 09:09 PM
If he is dead why should I be scared? Is his ghost lurking on ChiefsPlanet?

No need to be scared. He was a bad ass in his day though. Worked his way up through the ranks.

Like most bosses he got nailed for tax evasion and (trying) to bribe a Senator. I think from Nevada, as Nick had his hands in the casinos in the late 70's.

Or so it's said.

dirk digler
01-11-2007, 09:11 PM
No need to be scared. He was a bad ass in his day though. Worked his way up through the ranks.

Like most bosses he got nailed for tax evasion and (trying) to bribe a Senator. I think from Nevada, as Nick had his hands in the casinos in the late 70's.

Or so it's said.

Thanks. I just googled him. He was an important mob figure in KC along with his family.

I wonder what the mayor did when he found him sitting in his seats. He probably shit his pants.

WilliamTheIrish
01-11-2007, 09:14 PM
Thanks. I just googled him. He was an important mob figure in KC along with his family.

I wonder what the mayor did when he found him sitting in his seats. He probably shit his pants.

Urban legend. Nick was in jail in 80. Dead before 85.

People tend to embellish.

dirk digler
01-11-2007, 09:17 PM
Anthony Thomas Civella
Feb. 17, 1930, to Feb. 16, 2006.
(a.k.a. "Ripe Tony")
Anthony Civella began to move into the KC leadership as authorities moved his father Carl into a long prison stay late in 1984. Anthony was also convicted in the same casino skimming case, but he was sentenced to just five years. During his imprisonment, some believe he worked through acting boss William Cammisano.

Like his father and his uncle Nick, Anthony Civella was at home in gambling rackets and kept the Kansas City family a key player in nationwide illegal gaming. But, in 1991, three years after his early release from prison, he strayed from the "family business" and involved himself in the reselling of fraudulently obtained prescription drugs on the West Coast. The endeavor resulted in an extended jail term beginning in summer of 1992.

During Civella's imprisonment, his father passed away. Civella was released from prison in 1997. Due to a criminal history that dated back to 1952, he was placed on the Exclusion List of the Nevada Gaming Commission in February of 1997. He was similarly prohibited from involvement in any Missouri gaming.

Civella died in mid-February 2006.


Carl Civella
Jan. 28, 1910, to Oct. 2, 1994.
("Cork")
Nick Civella's brother and Anthony Civella's father, Carl took over day to day activities of the Kansas City underworld as his brother Nick faced increased scrutiny from law enforcement in the mid-1970s.

Carl became full boss upon his brother Nick's death. He did not last long in the post, as he was sent off to a 10 to 30-year sentence in prison in September of 1984. Another 10-year sentence was immediately added through another matter.

Carl died in 1994, while his son Anthony was behind bars.


Nick Civella
March 19, 1912, to March 1983.
During Nick Civella's reign, from 1953 to about 1977, the KC mob moved aggressively into Las Vegas casinos and reportedly had large interests in the Stardust (opened in 1955), the Fremont (opened in 1956) and later the Landmark Hotel (opened in 1969). The move west was done in concert with Mafia families from Cleveland and Chicago.

Kansas City-born Civella was closely tied to the Teamsters Union during Jimmy Hoffa's presidency and the later presidency of Roy Williams (1915-1988) and appears to have had access to the Teamster pension fund. (After the mob boss's death, Roy Williams told authorities that he was intimidated into doing Civella's bidding.)

Thanks to his skimming from the Stardust, Civella earned an early place on the Nevada Gaming Commission's Exclusion List. He, his brother Carl and nine others were the first to be named on the list in 1960.

Nick Civella is believed to have been an attendee at the 1957 Apalachin, NY, crime convention, though he was able to escape Joseph Barbara's estate without being noticed by authorities.

Cochise
01-11-2007, 09:22 PM
Interesting, I knew a girl who had that last name. Wonder if she was related.

Skip Towne
01-11-2007, 09:32 PM
Interesting, I knew a girl who had that last name. Wonder if she was related.
It's not a common name. So probably. I'm surprised you're still alive.

redbrian
01-11-2007, 09:33 PM
Interesting, I knew a girl who had that last name. Wonder if she was related.

There is a girl with that last name who is related, went to school with her and a few other members of the family back in the early 70's.

A friend of mine maried her and moved to Vegas, last I hear they split the sheets.

Cochise
01-11-2007, 09:37 PM
There is a girl with that last name who is related, went to school with her and a few other members of the family back in the early 70's.

A friend of mine maried her and moved to Vegas, last I hear they split the sheets.

This girl was about my age, so mid to late 20s now.

redbrian
01-11-2007, 09:40 PM
This girl was about my age, so mid to late 20s now.

No the gal I'm talking about would be 50 now, the gal you know could be a daughter of one of the boys, Nick had a couple of boys and I think Sparky also had a boy.

They lived over off of Floresant just North of Vivion.

Skip Towne
01-11-2007, 09:40 PM
Thanks. I just googled him. He was an important mob figure in KC along with his family.

I wonder what the mayor did when he found him sitting in his seats. He probably shit his pants.
I wasn't there but I would think he shit his pants. I think the mayor found another seat. Or so I heard. There was another story floating around KC about another mayor that desperately needed a heart transplant. Just before his demise a known gangster got killed by a clean shot to the head by the KCPD. Voila!! The Chief got a new heart.

DaneMcCloud
01-11-2007, 10:21 PM
I remember during the '85 World Series, I heard the mayor of KC went to his seat and Nick was sitting in it. Or does anyone know who Nick is?

This is a question that should not be asked. FWIW, much of the movie "Casino" was centered around the fact that Vegas was built through Kansas City.

As much as it pains me to say so.

Cochise
01-11-2007, 10:23 PM
No the gal I'm talking about would be 50 now, the gal you know could be a daughter of one of the boys, Nick had a couple of boys and I think Sparky also had a boy.

They lived over off of Floresant just North of Vivion.

That's exactly the right area. I never went to her house or anything, but she lived somewhere in the neighborhood of another friend I had, who lived right around there.

Uncle_Ted
01-11-2007, 11:07 PM
There's a History Channel show about Vegas and the KC mob too that I saw a few years back. Brought back memories (not that I had anything to do with it, just memories of hearing a lot about it as a kid growing up in KC).

cdcox
01-11-2007, 11:43 PM
That's exactly the right area. I never went to her house or anything, but she lived somewhere in the neighborhood of another friend I had, who lived right around there.

Yup. There was more that one wise guy who lived in that neighborhood. My cousin went to HS with one of the Civella boys, back in the day.

Inspector
01-12-2007, 05:51 AM
I worked at a disco on the Plaza in the 70's parking cars. Nick was a regular who would always show me his gun, slide it under the seat and tell me to leave it alone.

Not sure why he felt the need to do that. I wasn't going to touch it, that's for sure.

He always tipped well and never gave me any problem. Seemed like an alright guy - at least in the capacity that I knew him.