Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer, investigated the offerings by two tour companies in Atlantic City. These tours offer a glimpse into the past as visitors learn more about how 1920s Atlantic City operated under Boss Nucky Johnson, the inspiration for Steve Buscemi’s character in HBO’s critically acclaimed hit series Boardwalk Empire.
ATLANTIC CITY – Perhaps you’ve wondered whether there really were diving horses on the old Steel Pier or what the difference was between a rumrunner and a bootlegger.
Let Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, the 1920s political boss who is fast becoming to this seaside gambling town what Mickey Mouse is to Disney, be your guide to revealing those secrets and more about this fabled resort.
Atlantic City has been Nucky mad since the 2010 debut of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The series, which will return in September, follows one Nucky Thompson and was inspired by a book by Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson, of Hammonton, about the exploits of the real-life racketeer.