Our company, Youth Systems Unlimited, and our great Inner Circle left Las Vegas in 1972 and moved to Lake Tahoe. Lenette and I went a bit earlier to do a study for the owners of the “Billy Jeanne King Tennis Club.”
We immediately saw the club as a great family resort. There was tennis, of course, but also winter skiing, summer golfing possibilities, and a youth program with Camp Shasta possibilities. With condos, a restaurant, and a bar, It offered tremendous potential for year-round use. And we were the one company that could provide it all.
Long story short, it rained every day during our first summer, and it was the driest winter in history, so there was no snow. We were sold out, but everyone canceled.
The land owner made us a remarkable offer, but interest rates were so high that investments completely dried up. The cost for the necessary improvements Lenette would make was substantial.
We were offered the money and a minor partnership role, but with the requirement that I remain its operations head for fifteen years. Lenette wisely refused the offer. She knew that I could never function as a tool. Youth Systems Unlimited closed its doors. We moved our Inner Circle into our home in Incline Village, where each of them could sort out their lives. Lenette and I left in our VW pop-top for a seven-month adventure—a healing, spiritual journey in Mexico.