Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Guest Post written by Kraig Saunders
Pawn Stars, now in it's fourth season on the History Channel, is one program I make certain not to miss on my satellite tv that I got after seeing this. It revolves around the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. Owners Richard Harrison and his son Rick have operated the business since 1988. Rick's son Corey (Big Hoss) also works at the shop, along with Corey's boyhood friend, Chumlee. The program follows the day-to-day operations of the shop, the unusual characters and items that come in every day, and the "experts" the pawn shop calls in to evaluate the items.
The Old Man (the elder Harrison), is a grumpy, tight-fisted businessman, who is frequently exasperated by Rick, Corey and Chumlee's antics. Rick is the "brains" of the organization, while Corey, who's worked at the shop since he was a teenager, quite often upsets both his dad and granddad with some of his questionable purchases. Chumlee is the target of all the others' jokes due to his (perceived) slow-wittedness. Chumlee is also the shop's "guinea pig", drafted to "test" almost all the guns and dangerous items the shop takes in.
One of my favorite episodes involved a customer bringing in what he claimed to be a signed contract of The Who's appearance at Woodstock. Corey and The Old Man bought it, hoping to surprise Rick (a big Who fan) with it. However, when they presented it to Rick, he informed them that the contract was inserted into the Who's album, "Live at Leeds" and was worth maybe $25.