Nevada Day Open House Will Be the Last for Bizarre, Wonderful Hammargren House

In honor of the 150th birthday of Nevada, the state’s former Lt. Governor, Lonnie Hammargren, and his wife Sandy, will host an open house at their remarkable home as they have for the last 19 years.

The 19th open house, on Nov. 1 and 2, 2014, will be the last for this monument to Hammargren’s passion for preserving history, as well as his obsessive love of collecting that borders on hoarding, but in a demented genius sort of way.

Hammargren House of Nevada History

Hammargren House looks unassuming, but inside prodigious treasures await! Yes, we’re blogging drunk again.

The Hammargren home is the stuff of Las Vegas legend. Many visitors to the city often don’t even know it exists. We’re about to change all that.

Hammargren Home Nevada History

It begins.

We’ve put together a gallery of 100 photos of the Hammargren house, and even with that number of photos, we barely scratched the surface of the treasure trove within. OK, a lot of it is junk, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Hammergren Home Nevada History

Let’s begin by saying we would not want to be the one to dust all this.

One of the reasons the Hammargren home has remained such a hidden gem is it’s difficult to describe what it is. Essentially, it’s a sprawling estate (12,000-square-feet, actually three houses combined into one) where every room is themed and teeming with artifacts from around the world.

Hammargren chapel room

Yes, there’s a chapel, because why the hell not?

Many of the items in Lonnie Hammargren collection are related to Las Vegas, which serves to make it even more near and dear to this blog’s heart.

Hammargren Las Vegas signs

Lonnie Hammargren built the Neon Museum before there was a Neon Museum.

We can’t even begin to fully list the artifacts on display in the “Hammargren Home of Nevada History” (as it’s more commonly known than its proper name, Castillo del Sol).

Just for starters, there’s an Apollo space capsule, the above-pictured Batmobile, a life-sized T-Rex, a full-sized gondola and plane, a replica of an atomic bomb, a spare engine from Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, roller coaster cars from The Stratosphere, Sin City casino signs galore and thousands and thousands of curiosities and collectibles worth untold millions of dollars in WTF value alone.

Hammargren Home

There’s just no. You can’t really. Yeah.

As you make your way through our 100 photos, remember all the objects you see have been collected and displayed by one person, Lonnie Hammargren. A very, very tired person, we assume.

Lonnie Hammargren

You collect casino chips. Lonnie Hammargren collects everything else.

The sheer quantity and diversity of the objects on display are dizzying. Each time you turn a corner in the home, your senses are overwhelmed. Each item has a story. And every time you visit, you see something you missed the visit before.

Hammargren House

No matter where you are in the Hammargren House, you’re not done yet.

Whether you think Lonnie Hammargren (a former neurosurgeon) is an inveterate hoarder, or just a colorful eccentric, there’s no denying he has a keen eye for the offbeat and an exceptional sense of the whimsical.

Hammargren House

We’re pretty sure dinosaurs and trains never co-existed. Hey, this isn’t about history, it’s about, “OMFG! It’s a train and a dinosaur!”

It’s interesting to note that Hammargren has an Egyptian tomb beneath his house, and plans to be buried in it someday.

Hammargren tomb

Lonnie Hammargren’s Egyptian burial chamber and sarcophagus. He says he’ll be preserved in “absolute alcohol.” Or “Absolut alcohol.” Either way, we love this guy.

Here’s the man, the legend, the somewhat askew Dr. Lonnie Hammargren.

Health problems and complaints from neighbors (the Hammargren house is in a residential neighborhood, after all, and used to draw hundreds of visitors a day) have kept open houses to a minimum in recent years.

News that the 2014 open house is the last one ever should create a sense of urgency if you’ve never visited before.

Hammargren Home Robbie Knievel

One of Hammargren’s prized possessions is a suit worn by daredevil Robbie Knievel during an ill-fated stunt.

If you need an official seal of approval from The Man, the Nevada Day open house at the Hammargren home is an official part of Nevada’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Nevada became a state on Oct. 31, 1864.

Hammargren Home toys

We could spend a week in the toy room alone.

As we said, the final open house at the Hammargren home happens Nov. 1-2, 2014. (Note: Making the 19th open house the last is really, really bugging this blog and our fellow OCD-sufferers right now, by the way.)

The open house is from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day. A $15 donation is requested.

The address is 4318 Ridgecrest Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121. Here’s how you get there.

Hammargren Vegas Vic

Of course there’s a giant Vegas Vic.

We can personally guarantee the Hammargren home is like nothing you’ve ever seen or imagined, and it’s certainly like no other attraction in Las Vegas.

Simply put, the Hammargren Home of Nevada History is the tchotchke mother lode.

Hammargren House Las Vegas

There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing in Las Vegas, but Lonnie Hammargren comes real, real close.

It’s not a museum. It’s human imagination made real through time and a compulsion bordering on an addiction of the noblest kind. We plan to honor Lonnie Hammargren’s noble compulsion by attending his open house, possibly on both days.

We promise you’ll fall in love with this magnificent maze, and once inside, you’ll never want to emerge.

Hammargren Nevada History House

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Pop Diva Jennifer Lopez Inks Planet Hollywood Residency Deal, Or Not

National treasure TMZ is reporting Jennifer Lopez has signed a deal to perform a multi-million dollar residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

TMZ says it got its hands on a contract showing Lopez will receive $350,000 per show, even more than Britney Spears, whose run has been a windfall for Planet Hollywood. (Spears recently got a bump in pay, a testament to the financial success of the show.)

Jennifer Lopez

When Jennifer Lopez performs onstage live, she’s compensated up front. In movies, it’s typically a back-end deal.

Lopez will supposedly perform a total of 72 shows, three times a week for 24 weeks (over a one or two year period).

The deal guarantees Jennifer Lopez will make $26.3 million for her shows at The Axis inside Planet Hollywood.

Planet Hollywood owner Caesars Entertainment, however, says reports of the deal are premature, something with which this blog is all too familiar.

An official statement said, “Caesars Entertainment is always engaged in blah blah blah, but at this time Jennifer Lopez has not been presented with any offer to perform at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.” So, what’s known in PR circles as “hooey.”

Our usual contacts inside Caesars are staying mum on this one, so even an off-the-record confirmation isn’t happening quite yet.

In another apparent confirmation, though, an insider told HollywoodLife.com, “Jennifer is looking forward to Season 14 and also anticipates Season 15 of ‘American Idol,’ and having those thoughts was an important negotiating tool when it came to her Vegas gig. There will be zero conflict and she is excited to do both gigs. She loves being busy and she is an amazing businesswoman, so this is just another piece to her brand.”

Since additional information is scarce, let’s enjoy some of Lopez’s recent work.

Amazing Johnathan, Longtime Vegas Magician, Says He Has One Year to Live

Amazing Johnathan, once a regular performer in Las Vegas, said at a public event he has just a year to live.

The revelation was made at a speaking engagement in downtown Las Vegas on Oct. 21, 2014, and was reported by John Katsilometes. Read more.

Amazing Johnathan

Amazing Johnathan has a huge following in, of all places, Australia.

Amazing Johnathan, whose real names is Johnathan Szeles, has struggled with cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle) for years, and has been ineligible for a heart transplant because of diabetes.

Szeles was saying he has a year to live as far back as March of 2014, so it’s difficult to tell where things stand or if they’ve recently gotten worse, but the prognosis isn’t good.

Szeles said he is retired, no longer able to perform due to his medical condition. He also said his final shows were at the famed Magic Castle in Los Angeles in July 2014.

His most recent gig in Las Vegas was a 13-year run at Bally’s Las Vegas (it ended badly and very publicly).

Our encounters with Amazing Johnathan have always been pleasant, and we wish him all the best.

The Complete List of Everything That’s Changed in Las Vegas Since Your Last Visit

If you haven’t visited Las Vegas in awhile, a lot has changed. We’ve gathered all the changes that matter into one blog post because: 1) we’re awesome, 2) you have a short attention span.

We’ve selflessly explored the length and girth of the world’s most exciting city, so let’s see what surprises she has in store. Yes, Las Vegas is a she. (No Adam’s apple.)

Same Sex Marriage is Legal

It’s taken some time, but Nevada has gotten a clue and same-sex marriage is now legal. This means Las Vegas will open its arms to gay and lesbian couples, and by “arms,” of course, we mean cash registers. Because Las Vegas.

Purple Las Vegas sign

It’s about flipping time.

Bottles Are Banned on The Strip and Downtown

New ordinances now ban glass bottles on the Las Vegas Strip. Crazy, right? Well, not so much if you consider there have been dozens of incidents where bottles were broken and used as weapons on Las Vegas Boulevard. Bottles and cans have also been banned in downtown Las Vegas.

While safety concerns are a big part of these new bans, they’re also intended to help cops enforce package liquor laws. Banning original liquor containers helps the police discern between legally purchased beverages and those consumed illegally from package liquor stores. So, make sure your liquor is in a plastic cup.

Beer bottles

The Las Vegas party just got less shardy.™

Flamingo Has a New, More Awkward Wrap

Flamingo Las Vegas has a new building wrap, and it’s a doozy. The Flamingo has inadvertently blown up the ongoing Donny and Marie feud (they don’t speak offstage, unless they’re on camera), literally. The two barely interact during their show, and that distance is reflected in the Flamingo’s new building wrap. The siblings are on separate sides of the billboard, each doing their own thing, just as they do in their personal lives. Why do they still do a show together at all? It’s all about the aforementioned cash register, baby.

Donny & Marie wrap

Please feel free to cringe each time you pass by. We do.

There’s a New Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

A block off Fremont Street Experience, a new entertainment venue has opened, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The site is the former location of downtown’s courthouse, purchased by Derek Stevens, owner of The D Las Vegas. The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center has already hosted a number of events, including a displaced birthday bash (due to a hurricane) for Sammy Hagar.

filler

Early tests of the sound system at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center set off car alarms for several blocks. Earplugs sold separately.

Construction of the MGM-AEG Arena is Under Way

The site of the new arena behind New York-New York is bustling with activity. The arena will have 20,000 seats, will cost $350 million and is expected to create traffic jams lasting longer than the Pliocene Epoch.

MGM AEG arena

The MGM-AEG arena will host about 100 events each year. At the moment, all it could host is gopher races. Or something.

Here’s another bird’s-eye view of the MGM-AEG arena. The arena will be completed in spring of 2016. Right around 4:15 p.m. Or whenever all the union guys come back from their breaks.

MGM-AEG arena

The top of the New York-New York parking garage provides a great view of the construction site. Hey, it’s a lot cheaper than a drone.

Ditto the Site of Rock in Rio USA

Construction has also begun on MGM’s Rock in Rio open-air concert venue. Rock in Rio is one of the world’s largest music festivals. The venue is located at the corner of Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevard, across from SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara).

The first wave of acts at Rock in Rio USA have been announced, including Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Deftones and John Legend.

Rock in Rio

Rock in Rio is expected to bring 300,000 people to Las Vegas over a four-day period. Unrelated: Wouldn’t it be great if periods only lasted four days?

Rock in Rio takes place May 8-9, 2015 and May 15-16, 2015. Oh, and this is new since your last visit, too. There’s a giant guitar at the Rock in Rio USA site, so you sort of can’t miss it. Our friends at Vegas Chatter made an interesting discovery near the site, too.

Rock in Rio guitar

Yes, the tickets will go fast, but the venue holds 85,000 people, so don’t fret.

Harmon Hotel’s Coming Down

The ill-fated Harmon Hotel is being taken apart, piece by piece. Work stopped on the Harmon Hotel, part of CityCenter, in 2008 due to construction defects. Since then, it’s been a glorified billboard. The building’s windows have been removed, and now crews are dismantling the building.

Harmon Tower

The Harmon Hotel demolition will cost $11.5 million. That’s $3.8 million for each letter in the word “D’oh!”

Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops is Happening

The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas are nearing completion, and optometrists across Las Vegas are applauding the shopping center’s design. Because of the increased business. If you get our drift.

Grand Bazaar Shops

No, we didn’t Photoshop this, nor is it April Fools’ Day.

Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s is expected to open before the end of 2014.

Grand Bazaar Shops Las Vegas

We can’t not not look.

A Metric Ass-Ton of Restaurants Have Closed or Opened

There’s been a lot of activity in the world of Las Vegas restaurants since your last visit. Here’s a quick overview of the changes, which we’re betting is your favorite kind.

The  Perch has opened at the Downtown Container Park. It’s pretty good, even without the qualification “for being in a shopping mall fashioned from shipping containers.”

The Perch

We’re getting hungry just looking at a photo of The Perch, and it’s mostly chairs.

Martorano’s has opened at Paris Las Vegas. Rumors are that Rio Las Vegas (where there’s been a Martorano’s for some time) has either been sold, or soon will be, and this was Steve Martorano’s chance to jump ship before the sale is announced. Not that we’d ever share an unverified rumor, of course.

Martorano's

The pizza at Rio’s Martorano’s is some of our favorite in Vegas, so it’s worth a try here, too.

Fulton Street Food Hall has opened at Harrah’s Las Vegas. It’s better than your average food court, so it’s definitely worth a try if you’re at Harrah’s.

Fulton Street Food Hall

The ventilation’s pretty good at Harrah’s, so your food won’t be too tainted by the fragrance of nearby slot machines.

Yong Kang Street, an Asian offering, has opened at Paris Las Vegas, in a carved-off section of the hotel’s Café Ile St. Louis.

Yong Kang Street

“Yong Kang” roughly translates as, “We love wealthy Asian gamblers, so we must have a restaurant that caters to their culinary desires, although we don’t condone shark fin soup, because that’s a travesty, though most Las Vegas resorts have restaurants that serve it.”

Another Asian restaurant, Lao Sze Chuan, has opened at the off-Strip Palms. And, yes, we drove all the way over there to get a photo for you. And to donate our paycheck to a certain Top Dollar slot machine. But mainly that first thing.

Lao Sze Chuan

Lao Sze Chuan has more than 200 Chinese dishes on its menu, several of which this blog can pronounce.

If you’re looking for the Bally’s Steakhouse, you missed the boat. It closed and has been replaced with BLT Steak. The new steakhouse doesn’t have the charm of the former establishment, but it’s nearly twice as large as the Bally’s Steakhouse and has a full bar. The hotel was smart enough to keep the restaurant’s Sterling Brunch, so there’s that.

BLT

BLT’s Sterling Brunch will run you about $90, so start redeeming those aluminum cans. If that’s still a thing.

There are lots of restaurant changes on the horizon, too. Osteria del Circo has closed at Bellagio, and another restaurant we can’t afford, Lago by Julian Serrano, will takes its place in March 2015.

Also coming to Las Vegas are three Wahlburgers restaurants, as well as Ramsay Fish & Chips at the Linq shopping mall. Oh, and Uncle Joe’s Pizza has closed on Fremont East after 18 years. Read more.

Lion’s Share at MGM is No More

The most famous of all slot machines, the Lion’s Share at MGM, hit big since your last visit and the machine has been shipped off to the jackpot winner. The Lion’s Share jackpot was $2.4 million. Honestly, though, the value of the machine in Vegas lore value made it worth infinity.

Lion's Share

Cool for the already-rich folks who won, less cool for the rest of us.

Dim-Witted People Can Register a .Vegas Domain Name

You can now register domain names with a .vegas extension. Like most novelty “top-level domains,” registering a Web site with a .vegas extension is sort of dopey and useless, but it’s something new, so we sort of had to include it here. Journalist Steve Friess did a great job of explaining why the whole thing is a racket.

.Vegas domain name

Just don’t.

Wow, you’re still with us. Maybe your attention span is pretty good after all. Moving on!

Pure Nightclub is Gone, Omnia Nightclub is Coming

Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace was the hottest night spot on The Strip for a few minutes, but like most things in Vegas, it was time to upgrade. Pure has closed, and is in the throes of a major renovation. A new nightclub is in the works, and the name will be Omnia. Omnia will be operated by the folks at Hakkasan Group.

Ask your doctor is Omnia is right for you.

Omnia

In our book, the best kind of nightclubs are the ones that are closed and under construction.

In other nightclub news we don’t care about, Haze nightclub closes at Aria on Nov. 1, 2014. The club’s operator, Light Group, says a new club concept is coming in 2015, which means it will be a dramatic departure from Haze, specifically, the name will probably be different by several letters.

The Quad Resort and Casino is Becoming The Linq Hotel & Casino

The Quad has changed a lot since your last visit, and as of Oct. 30, 2014, it’ll change so much it won’t be The Quad at all anymore, but rather The Linq Hotel & Casino, not to be confused with The Linq outdoor shopping promenade. Possibly.

The new Linq Hotel is getting a fresh coat of paint, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t recognize it at first. (Flourishes left over from the Imperial Palace should help with your disorientation.) Read more about The Quad’s transformation into The Linq Hotel.

Quad exterior

If the Linq Hotel and Grand Bazaar Shops ever copulate, the offspring will be a Pantone color guide.

The Quad’s Dealertainers Have Left the Building

The Quad’s “dealertainers” (blackjack dealers who also performed songs), a holdover from the aforementioned Imperial Palace, are now a thing of the past. A couple of the dealertainers found their way to the Ellis Island casino (they’re being called the Ellis Icon Dealers), but, yeah, this one doesn’t have a happy ending.

Dealertainer

You can be a great blackjack dealer, and you can be a great entertainer. Sadly, the dealertainers were sort of not great at either.

The Kardashians Have Been Given the Boot

You’ll be broken-hearted to hear the Kardashian store at The Mirage, Kardashian Khaos, is closing Oct. 30, 2014. Thankfully, there are lots of other places to get overpriced crap in Las Vegas. That’s why they invented bottle service.

Kardashian Khaos

The last time Las Vegas got it this right O.J. Simpson ended up in jail.

There’s No More The Hotel

Blink and you’ll miss it in Las Vegas. The sister hotel of Mandalay Bay, The Hotel, has disappeared. The Hotel has been rebranded as Delano, a non-smoking (yay), non-gambling (boo) hotel that is said to have cost $100 million to make over.

Delano Hotel

The Hotel is now the Delano, because dumb names need to be killed off eventually. Right, Terrible’s? (Terrible’s Hotel & Casino is now Silver Sevens, by the way.)

Downtown Has a Grocery Store

Yes, downtown finally has its long-awaited grocery store. Who cares? Lovers of produce, that’s who.

The Market

It’s called The Market, and it’s on Fremont East. It has upwards of 14 items. But we may have counted a couple of items twice.

Las Vegas Has Two Zip Lines

There’s a chance that during your last Las Vegas visit, the city had zero zip lines. Now, it has two. The VooDoo Zip Line at Rio Las Vegas and SlotZilla, at Fremont Street Experience, have both opened in recent months.

VooDoo Zip Line

The VooDoo Zip Line runs between two towers at Rio Las Vegas.

Each of the Las Vegas zip lines offer a different experience. Both provide thrill seekers a chance to get their adrenaline pumping. The SlotZilla zip line has two levels, a lower “Zipline” and upper “Zoomline,” where riders go superhero-style. Our day job involves marketing SlotZilla and Fremont Street Experience, so please tell them we sent you so we’ll get a private office, company car and Jacuzzi someday.

SlotZilla

On SlotZilla, you can take the Zipline at showgirl level, or the Zoomline at “What in the holy hell am I doing up here?!” level.

Shows Open, Shows Close, There’s Drama

Nobody can keep up with all the changes in Las Vegas shows, but here are some highlights.

Frankie Moreno’s show at The Stratosphere will be closing Dec. 20 after three years.

Frankie Moreno

It wasn’t our thing, but it was somebody’s. A three-year run in Vegas is nothing to sneeze at.

Big cat magician Dirk Arthur will be coming back to the Las Vegas Strip with a show at Riviera starting Dec. 1, 2014. Read more.

Dirk Arthur

It’s animals. There will be drama.

“Raiding the Rock Vault” is leaving the Westgate Hotel (formerly LVH) and moving to Tropicana starting Nov. 1, 2014. Oh, yes, lots of drama.

Magician Jan Rouven, who has performed at Riviera since 2012, is also moving to the Tropicana starting Nov. 28, 2014.

Shows moving into the Tropicana means magician Murray Sawchuck, known mostly for people not recognizing him on red carpets (oh, and for his wife, a performer in “Fantasy” at Luxor), is moving out. His show will be closing up shop at Tropicana on Oct. 30, 2014.

“Purple Reign,” the Price tribute show, is no longer at The D Las Vegas, but has moved to Westgate. There will be a quiz.

Purple Reign

The Price dude is really good, no matter where he’s playing.

A well-received show, “Limelight,” is playing at The Plaza through Nov. 1, 2014. Get details.

The multi-talented Eric Jordan Young, formerly of the excellent “Vegas! The Show,” has opened a new show, “Shakin’,” at the Sin City Theater inside Planet Hollywood. Learn more.

Rounding out our list of show-related things that have changed since your last Las Vegas visit: The Blue Man Group pre-show parade at Monte Carlo has had its plug pulled. This was a fun way to spend 3-5 minutes on The Strip, and the procession will be missed.

Blue Man Group parade

We complained about the end of this parade until we were blue in the face, but to no avail.

So, that’s about everything that’s changed in Sin City since your last visit. It’s a lot of news to take in, but trust us, it’s even more challenging to gather and ineptly regurgitate.

There’s always something new in Las Vegas! What changes surprise or dismay you? We’d love to hear. Especially the dismay. That’s usually funnier.

Today’s Security Breach at Paris Las Vegas

We never met a construction wall in Las Vegas we didn’t like!

There’s a little work going on outside Paris Las Vegas, on the north side of Sugar Factory.

Paris construction

Construction walls are the ultimate Las Vegas tease.

A peek over the wall shows some work-in-progress. Small-scale Vegas newness on the way.

Paris construction

Climbing the stairway to bottle service.

It appears there’s a new staircase going up to Chateau Nightclub, specifically, to The Deck. The Deck is the outside (terrace) part of Chateau Nightclub. Read more.

Not the most earth-shattering Las Vegas news, but if we don’t breach security every so often, we start experiencing withdrawal symptoms including nausea, dizziness and vomiting. So, sort of like being in a nightclub.

Mob Museum Wedding, Officiated by Oscar Goodman, May Be the Best Nuptials, Ever

Rachel and Scott were recently wed. Beyond offering our condolences, we have to say, of all the possible weddings one can or must have in Las Vegas, Rachel and Scott’s may have been the best one, ever. Here’s why.

This charming pair was wed in the Mob Museum, a vital thing to do in downtown Las Vegas, even if you’re not getting hitched.

The Mob Museum’s official name is the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, or NMOCLE for short. (Actually, no one’s ever used that initialism, but let’s not get bogged down by “facts.”)

Mob Museum

Here, you can go from “Married to the Mob” to “married surrounded by the mob.”

The Mob Museum is truly one of the gems of Las Vegas. The museum is in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse. The building was erected in 1933 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

A visit to the Mob Museum is an eye-opening experience, and one could spend the better part of a week exploring all the exhibits. One of our favorites is the wall from the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, a landmark event in the annals of mob whackings.

Mob Museum

Nothing says “til death do us part” like a wall full of bullet holes.

The former courthouse is also notable for having been one of the locations of the Kefauver Committee hearings which gave organized crime a serious smack-down in 1950 and 1951.

But back to the wedding.

Until Rachel and Scott’s wedding, we honestly had no idea one could get married at the Mob Museum. For Vegas lovers, it’s hard to imagine a wedding venue steeped in more Sin City history. The Mob Museum was decked out in full wedding regalia, which mainly consisted of flowers and places for wedding guests to sit.

While the location of the wedding made it incredible to begin with, the real shocker was the officiant at these nuptials, none other than former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Mob Museum

The moment of truth approaches. Wait, it’s a courthouse. So, maybe “truth” should have quotation marks around it.

Before Oscar Goodman became the coolest mayor in the entire history of politics, he was known as a “mob lawyer,” representing some of the most colorful organized crime figures in Las Vegas back in the day. His list of seedy clients made Goodman unpopular with some, but for those who understand the way our American legal system works, he was a hero of sorts, a staunch believer in the right of everyone to get a fair trial, with passionate advocates on both sides.

Mob Museum Oscar Goodman

We weren’t kidding. It’s flipping Oscar Goodman.

Do yourself a favor and get his book, “Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas,” and you’ll quickly figure out why he’s greatly admired by this blog and his legions of fans and admirers.

Also, read our list of 15 Fascinating Things We Learned From Oscar Goodman’s Autobiography.

So, Rachel and Scott’s wedding was a confluence of both a one-of-a-kind venue and a personality whose storied career had often taken him to that very building to plead the cases of guys with nicknames like “Ant,” “Lefty” and “The Animal.” Amazing. (Goodman also represented Mike Tyson, but nobody’s perfect.)

Mob Museum

It is scientifically impossible for anything to get more Vegas than this.

The wedding was especially remarkable because it was the first time we’ve ever seen Oscar Goodman without a martini in his hand.

“Hizzoner” kept the ceremony mercifully brief, and made sure he didn’t upstage Rachel and Scott on their special day.

Mob Museum

Successful marriages don’t just happen, they’re (wait for it) made.

The whole proceeding was surreal, especially when, after the ceremony, Oscar Goodman began filling out the paperwork necessary to make the knot-tying official.

Mob Museum

This blog nearly asked Oscar Goodman to autograph its boob, but we didn’t want to spoil the moment.

A perk of attending a wedding at the Mob Museum is everyone in attendance gets a wristband allowing them to explore the Mob Museum at their leisure after the ceremony concludes.

In the case of Rachel and Scott’s wedding, everyone filed outside for a group photo in front of the historic building.

Mob Museum

The first of what we suspect will be many unforgettable weddings for Rachel and Scott. We kid.

It was a magical day few on either side of the aisle will soon forget.

We don’t know all the details of how Oscar Goodman ended up officiating the wedding, but from what we’ve heard, a friend of the bride just asked, and Oscar Goodman said “yes.”

In case you wondered, weddings at the Mob Museum start at $1,000, and no, Oscar Goodman isn’t included in the wedding packages. That part’s up to you.

Wedding packages at the Mob Museum have names like “Married to the Mob,” “Dressed to Kill” and “Luck Be a Lady.” Find out more about Mob Museum weddings on the official Web site.

Our best wishes for a long, happy marriage go out to newlyweds Rachel and Scott! If things ever go south, they’re already ahead of the game. At least one of them is going to have a really great lawyer.