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 March 14, 2018Charles Ramos JrBlack holescosmologistEinsteinmemorialnewsOxfordPhysicistProfessorStephen Hawkingtechnologytheory



In what is seemingly a strange and bizarre twist of fate that surely Stephen Hawking the Professor would find amusingly ironic, the iconic theoretical physicist has passed away today in the U.K. where, for us here in the United States, it is actually tomorrow.

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, it has just been announced on the newswire died Wednesday due to the progressive complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,  He was 76 years old.

Born on Jan. 8, 1942 in war-torn Oxford, England, to Frank, and Isobel Hawking on the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo. Stephen and his three younger siblings grew up in the town of St. Albans, just north of London.


Professor Hawking will best be remembered for his work on black holes in space. Flying in the face of the popular scientific beliefs of the day that held black holes were inescapable to all forms of energy and matter, Professor Hawking theorized that black holes actually emitted their own form of radiation which is now known by the name of Hawking Radiation. He also played a vital role in the scientific effort of mathematicians to unify Einstein’s general theory of relativity with the fledgling science of quantum physics.

He gained public prominence in 1988 by publishing his first book for laymen titled,  A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. To date, the volume has sold as many as 10 million copies worldwide.

He was just 21 years old in 1963 when he was first diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Although Professor Hawking’s doctors gave him little more than two years to live at the time, Hawking went on to survive for another 52 years past his given expiration date and quite likely he outlived the doctors who gave him that prognosis in 1963.

Longer perhaps, than any other ALS patient in the recorded history of the disease. Professor Hawking spent most of his remaining years using a motorized wheelchair to move around, and a sophisticated computer system to speak for him when he could no longer do so for himself.


At the St. Albans School, Hawking was an indifferent student.  Nonetheless; he was admitted at the age of 17 to his father’s alma mater, University College at Oxford University, in 1959. While he rarely attended lectures and has been quoted as saying that he spent no more than 1,000 hours studying during his three years at Oxford. Just about an hour a day, his innate brilliance began shining through during his time as an undergraduate student. After graduating from Oxford with first honors Hawking enrolled in graduate school at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1962, where he studied under physicist Dennis Sciama and the world-renowned astronomer Fred Hoyle. He became interested in the budding study of black holes and singularities, the existence of which was implied by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

While studying at Cambridge, Hawking met Jane Wilde, a fellow native of St. Albans who was a student at Westfield College in London.  Before they began dating, Hawking collapsed while ice skating and was unable to get up. His mother took him to the doctor, who diagnosed him with ALS and told Hawking that he had just over two years more to live.

On his 70th birthday, at a symposium at Cambridge, Hawking reflected on how much he struggled to stay motivated after his diagnosis. Why work so hard when he would most likely be dead in two years? He replied; “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet,” he said. “Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

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After receiving his doctorate in cosmology, Hawking stayed at Cambridge to continue studying the structure of the universe. In 1968, Hawking took a post at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge. Over the next decade, Professor Hawking published a number of brilliant papers on cosmology and theoretical physics making him somewhat of a celebrity within the scientific community.

He was just 32 years old when he was named a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society. He briefly taught at the California Institute of Technology before accepting the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, a post that was once held by Sir Isaac Newton.

Though Hawking’s family life flourished during this time his health did not. He first started using a wheelchair in 1969, and by the mid-1970s, he could no longer feed or clothe himself.

In 1985, he contracted pneumonia while in Switzerland. Doctors there performed a tracheotomy which allowed him to breathe but left him unable to speak  At first, he communicated using word cards, but in 1986, computer scientist, Walter Woltosz gave him a device that would vocalize words he would type out by using a joystick. Hawking called this system “The Computer.” Its well known electronic voice was a large part of his public persona.


In 2011, Hawking reflected on the origins of the universe and rejected the likelihood of both a God and an afterlife which he once dismissed as being nothing more than “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

“Only in confronting the finite nature of death,” he said, “do we appreciate the remarkable beauty of life in the present.”

“There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either,” Hawking said. “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”


Whether one believes that the Professor is right in his assessment or one believes that he was wrong still he was right just the same. This is a paradoxical element which is one key to quantum physics.

Regardless of what one shall choose to believe you only get one go around in this life. Make every second count. Stephen Hawking who lived my own number of years beyond his time to die embodied this principle. Now that he is dead he lives on out there amongst his beloved stars, now he knows the truth of physics and Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Life is what matters, and thus being composed wholly of matter, life thus = energy which has a half-life of infinity squared as energy can be neither created nor destroyed. You cannot explain it because it simply is. Just as it always was and always shall it be, and Bob’s your Uncle.

Professor Stephen Hawking is survived by his two former wives, three children, and three grandchildren.



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 June 25, 2018Charles Ramos Jrgold and silver pawnlas vegasmemorialnewsold manpawn starsrichard harrison


Greetings sports fans and thank you for joining me here on a dark Monday afternoon in Las Vegas as the world has just been given the news of the passing of one of the brightest stars in a city filled with stars.


Monday morning Rick Harrison The Old Man’s son posted on Instagram:

rick_harrison Richard Benjamin ‘The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved. He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over. He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad. That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him. He lived a very full life and through the History television show ‘Pawn Stars’ touched the lives of people all over, teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask that we are provided some privacy at this time.rick_harrison Today I lost a friend, a father, a teacher and so much more. The Old Man lost his long battle with Parkinson’s this morning. Love you Dad. See you on the other side.

I’m sure we can all agree that we have all in our own way lost a friend and teacher as well. Richard Harrison’s dry humor and rapier-sharp wit was always a delight for me to watch and I have seen almost every episode of the show. His quick temper gave testament to his depth of character as well in the sense that he never suffered fools gladly without making it clear to them. No matter who it was.

I have had the opportunity to visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard twice and I not only got the T-shirt, but when I was in Colorado I wrote to Rick Harrison to set him straight on a point of historical fact that he had gotten wrong about George Washington’s troops not having rifled musket barrels. Much to my surprise, (not to mention shock) I got a manilla envelope in the mail one day some weeks later and the only thing inside was a huge photograph of Rick, Corey, and The Old Man.


I gave that photograph to my older brother for his birthday the following year because he really loves the show. As do I, but now it stays in the family.

The Harrison family opened their iconic Las Vegas pawn shop in 1988. Then, in 2009 it became world famous as the centerpiece of the smash TV hit reality show on the History Channel called, of course, Pawn Stars. The show starred, The Old Man,  his son, Rick  Grandson Corey and Corey’s best friend Austin Russel who the world knows and loves as “Chumlee.”

Monday Chumlee posted on Instagram, “It’s hard to believe he is gone. He was such a big part of my life and treated me like family. I miss him greatly and will carry the lessons he taught me throughout my life. You could always count on him to straighten you out and make you laugh and both of those things  I need.”

Don’t we all.

Rick Harrison has asked for the grieving public to respect the family’s privacy at this time as he announced Monday morning that his beloved father, had succumbed to a long-running battle with Parkinson’s Disease

Richard Harrison was a veteran of the United States Navy who was very proud to have served his country on 4 different ships while attaining the rank of First Class Petty Officer. A grateful nation that will surely miss him as much as anyone salutes the passing of a salty old sailor. So long to you and fare thee well Old Man. You are greatly loved and mourned by millions of your fans who I’m sure cannot wait to see you again one day in the sky.

Speaking for myself; for your service to our nation, and especially for coming into our homes and leaving behind so many wonderful memories…


R.I.P. Old Man.

GOODBYE DOLLY – CAROL CHANNING January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019

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 January 15, 2019Charles Ramos Jrbroadwaycarolcarol channingchanninglas vegasnewsrip

Greetings sports fans and welcome once again to Vegas Valley Sports Beat the fearless little column that dares to ask the tough questions like, why your bologna has no last name, and what dirt does that fifth dentist have on Trident that he didn’t tell the other 4?

It’s a cold rainy night here in the chilly Las Vegas valley. Snow is reportedly falling around 6400 feet and the forecast calls for up to 7 inches of fresh powder in the higher elevations. So if you are planning a trip up Mount Charleston to Lee Canyon tomorrow and you have neither a 4 wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle then make sure you take a set of snow chains with you when you go.

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If not you will be sent back down the mountain by an NHP Trooper who has absolutely no interest in scraping your car off the side of a tree nor in hearing you whine and make lame excuses. You shall not pass. So please don’t waste the trooper’s time or your own. Check current live weather conditions here before embarking, make certain you have enough gasoline because there are no gas stations on Mt. Charleston, be safe, have yourselves a (snow) ball, and above all else;


Turning our attention now to the world of show business, the business that’s like no business I know, where tonight the world is in mourning at the news of the passing of a Broadway and Hollywood legend, Miss Carol Elaine Channing.

A well-beloved American icon and star of stage and screen, Carol Channing was a singer, dancer, comedienne, and a natural-born entertainer who discovered her love for the performing arts in the fourth grade. She was an actress and a very lovely soul who played starring roles in many musicals both on Broadway and on the silver screen.

Miss Channing is best remembered for her infectious smile, quick-witted humor, and bubbly personality. Fans of the television series, The Simpsons will best remember Carol Channing as the only little old lady who ever beat Mike Tyson by TKO. 

It’s unquestionably one of my favorite episodes, however; NFL fans might remember her as the first entertainer to perform in a Super Bowl halftime show when she performed with Louis Armstrong at Super Bowl IV in 1970.

Prior to that Super Bowls only featured marching bands during halftime. Then Carol Channing went marching up on stage, and Super Bowl halftimes were transformed forever. Presently, the Super Bowl halftime show is arguably the most-watched televised event in the world.

Carol studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City and began her storied career as a musical actress by starring in the 1949 stage production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Tomorrow January 16, 2019, will mark the 55th anniversary of the 1964 opening of Hello Dolly on Broadway. A role she would later win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

In 1995 Miss. Channing revived her role in Hello Dolly as she did over 4000 times throughout her lifelong career. This, however; would be her last time in the role she made a household name.

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Nominated for her first Tony Award in 1956 for The Vamp, Carol Channing soon followed this with a Tony nomination for Show Girl in 1961 and earned a fourth Tony nomination for the musical Lorelei in 1974.

On the silver screen is where Carol Channing really sparkled, winning a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)a role which also earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Skidoo (1968).

She appeared on television countless times as an entertainer and on a variety of variety shows, from The Ed Sullivan Show to Hollywood Squares. And many more if you include cameo appearances and talk shows. In 1966 Carol had what was the first of many television specials, An Evening With Carol Channing.  And in 1985 she gave a critically acclaimed performance as The White Queen in the TV production of Alice in Wonderland.

In 1981 Channing was inducted into the American Theater Hall Of Fame and received a Tony Award For Lifetime Achievement in 1995. In 2002 she published her autobiography, Just Lucky I Guess and then in 2012,Larger Than Life, a documentary film about Channing’s career was released.

Carol Channing had an electrifying smile and a beautiful heart to match and she continued performing and making public appearances well beyond the age of 90. She loved telling stories and sharing her songs cabaret style with her fans who are doubtless myriad or more. On the 31st of this month, she would have been 98 years old.

To say that she will be missed goes without saying, however; I sadly say it for myself and say goodbye to Carol Channing. I not only loved you, at first sight, Miss Channing, but I also bet on you to beat Mike Tyson’s ass. Just as I will bet the farm the Heavenly Choir is better than ever before now that they’ve got you singing along with them.

I say farewell, Dolly, it’s been swell, Dolly.

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Rest In Heavenly Peace, angel.

Mickey Jones Passes On At 76

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 February 10, 2018Charles Ramos Jrentertainmentlas vegasmemorialmickey Jonesmoviesnewsobituariestelevision

After a lengthy battle with illness, actor/musician Mickey Jones passed away Wednesday at the age of 76.  Born June 10th 1941 in Houston, Texas. Mickey Jones began his lifelong career in entertainment as a drummer for Trini Lopez before going on to perform, tour, and record with such artists as Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Rivers.

One of the most beloved recurring characters on the hit television series, Home Improvement, Jones broke into acting by making an appearance on the variety show Rolling On The River before going on to appear in dozens of movies and television shows including,  It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Tin Cup, M*A*S*H*, Baywatch, Shattered Lies,  Sling Blade, Flo, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and The Rockford Files. His latest acting credit had Jones playing pot peddler, Rodney “Hot Rod” Durham in the second and third seasons of the series, Justified. This is but a small sampling of the total acting credits accrued to Mickey’s name.

Mickey Jones was a character actor who was typically cast as a tough biker or as a simple, but wise and likeable working man as he was in Home Improvement. His twinkling eyes that always seemed brimming full of laughter and his ready smile however; gave the lie to the image that many people got of him from those roles.  Survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Starr, and their two children, Mickey Jones was well loved and shall be missed by many.

Mickey Jones

June 10, 1941 – February 7, 2018

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 October 17, 2018Charles Ramos JrBunny RanchDennis HofHofHof diesLove RanchnewsPahrump


Greetings sports fans and welcome to another misadventure which I affectionately call and which you all know and love as Vegas Valley Sports Beat. In football, the Dallas Cowboys beat the tar out of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Woohoo! And they looked darn good doing it too.

Turning now to national news on a local level, from a festive gala evening last night to a sad news this morning. The world is just beginning to find out that businessman and Republican candidate for Nevada state assembly to the 36th district. Locally here in Pahrump, Nevada where Hof owns the Love Ranch and the world famous Bunny Ranch held his 72nd birthday party last night at the Pahrump Nugget and invited the public to attend, one and all.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

There were a number of celebrities in attendance including former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Ron Jeremy, Nye County Sheriff, Sharon Wehrly, a few local celebrities, politicians, Desert Haven Animal Shelter was in the house, Tucker Carlson called in of Hof’s cell phone to say hello to everyone and to wish Dennis a happy birthday. and yours truly was there also representing Vegas Valley News as always.


I went to meet Sheriff Joe Arpaio and to get his autograph. He told the partygoers that he once arrested Elvis Presley when he was a policeman in Las Vegas in 1957. Sheriff Joe said Elvis was riding a motorcycle “A HARLEY-DAVIDSON, motorcycle” (quoted emphasis) and he had a girl on the back. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the girl, he said. I can only imagine. Joe ran Elvis in but said he gave him a pass due to the work the young Mr. Presley was doing with the Truman White House at the time.

I went prepared not knowing about that incident with a get out of jail free card from an Elvis edition of Monopoly for Sheriff Arpaio (who is running for the U.S. Senate) to sign. and which he graciously did. Now if I should ever somehow find myself (through no fault of my own of course) in big trouble in Arizona I can take it out of my wallet and say nope sorry, I have a pass gotta go, bye.


Everyone there was there including a film crew from the BBC who were apparently filming a documentary, and conducting live interviews with a few of the luminaries there. I am fairly sure I appear in one of them. There were a lot of locals in attendance many of whom were older gentleman some were Vietnam veterans and/or local ranchers.

None of them looked like liberal lunatics, or as though they might start punching people in the face for voicing an opinion they don’t share. None of them looked like the type most people seem to associate with Dennis Hof and still do even with him gone. They were all everyday people just like you or me.

The birthday bash was held the day after Hof’s birthday but what does it matter we got to help him celebrate his final party and I am proud to say we sent him off in style.


That is why it came as such a shock if not a complete surprise when I got a text from my friend James Belvin who also attended the party along with his wife, Thelma to whom, Hof took an instant liking. He told her that he was very fond of her home island, the Philippines and that he had found a lady there whom he could trust and he planned to fly there just before Christmas and marry her.

I was out running errands this afternoon when I got that text and it really blew my wig back. I thought Hof looked rather tired he sat on a stool while he was speaking on the dais and he seemed to be slumping but he was chipper and upbeat and the party was a rousing success.

I bought a passel of raffle tickets from Hof for a bunch of swag he was giving away to raise money for his campaign but I forgot to check and see if I won anything or not.  I spoke to Hof’s personal manager in the hallway and he said he was going to be having a shindig at his house later this week for Hof’s campaign and he was going to email me the details but I would say that is not going to happen.

I hope that I am going to be invited to attend Hof’s funeral. I did not know Hof I was not his friend I went as a reporter with an eye only to observing and chronicling what I saw there for you. I am a registered card-carrying Republican voter who votes. I don’t swoon every time a celebrity waves at me, nor do I vote for them based on no more than that. I don’t care if Trump was living in my attic and paying for my exotic parrot habit. If he didn’t perform in the White House he’s not getting my vote period. If he/she/it doesn’t make my life any better then


I have to confess that I left early because I have a medical condition I call Homeritis. The droning of politicians as they kiss each other’s behinds causes its onset and it creeps up on me without warning. I kind of wandered off into the casino but I did listen to all of Hof’s speech and I think that in spite of whatever Dennis Hof might have done in the past that got so many people bad- mouthing his corpse on Twitter even as this goes to press, I liked what he had to say about the need for the rule of law and for social order in order for Democracy to work for every American.

It is a shame in my estimation that Hof will never get the opportunity to prove himself in the end and silence his critics once and for all. It was clear to me however that Dennis Hof had both good intentions and some good ideas for the constituents of District 36 and that he might have made a remarkable assemblyman for the state of Nevada but we will never know now, will we? Perhaps I might take up the fight and run for the assembly seat so that his Democratic opponent, Lesia Romanov doesn’t just waltz on in unopposed. Hm.

Lesia Romanov sent a political ad to my mom’s house that says You have a choice: The teacher or the pimp, Dennis Hof. My mother thinks it’s in exceptionally poor taste and I agree. Mom thinks it should have said the pimp or the blimp since were judging character now. I concur.


According to sources Dennis Hof age, 72 was found this morning by his friend Ron Jeremy in the same room at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada where Lamar Odom overdosed on October 13, 2015. HOf’s campaign manager, Chuck Muth posted the following statement on Twitter this afternoon.


Ron Jeremy played a tribute for Hof on the harmonica last night and finished it off with a rousing if not even close to in tune rendition of happy birthday to you. Ron sort of got lost and overwhelmed when everyone took up the song in voice but it was fine just the same. It’s the thought that counts. I remember Hof telling Ron, “I love you, Ron but you’re a mess.”

I can well imagine that Mr. Jeremy is taking the death of his good friend very hard this evening. Say what you will about Ron but nobody wants to find their best friend dead on the morning after their birthday party.

The Nye County Sheriff’s office issued an official statement this afternoon on Twitter which confirmed the passing of Mr. Dennis Hof and said that no further statements will be made pending the results of the coroner’s autopsy. The sheriff said there was no preliminary indication of foul play but her office was investigating. An autopsy will be conducted by the Clark County coroner in Las Vegas. Wehrly said the results of the medical examination could take up to six weeks

Not being ones to wait however someone at Google decided to jump out the window and say that Hof died of natural causes. I think there are more than a few people whom might tend to disagree with that diagnosis. The Clark County Medical Examiner might just be one of them.


Dennis Hof presented no outward signs of impending death but them again who does in most cases of sudden death? Some folks whom I have heard speaking about Hof’s death have said they think it’s rather fishy but on the other hand Dennis Hof was 72 and there’s no expiration date on anyone that we can see. Such is the nature of life and the way of death.

The last image of Dennis Hof that I have and will always have now is of him sitting in a chair holding my mother in one arm beside him and Jim Belvin’s wife, Thema in his lap. The words I remember the clearest were ones Hof spoke about spending his birthday with the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Tucker Carlson then called Hof on his cell phone and said hello to everyone and wished Hof a happy birthday. Hof told him that they were going to have to get together next year and celebrate big time and the entire world was going to be invited to the bash.

I remember that most poignantly because I thought that was probably the wrong thing to say within God’s hearing. I had a feeling right then that Dennis Hof was not going to be there for that party. I hardly expected him to die the same night but it really came as little surprise when I heard the news. Hof lived large because Hof was large. He lived it, loved it and embraced his lifestyle without pretense or making any apologies to anyone for being himself. He had a lust for women and for life. Hof had large appetites and he paid a large price for it in the end, but boy oh boy what a way to go. Dying in your own bed in your own cathouse after celebrating your birthday at a casino with 500 good friends, surrounded by good food, wine, women, and song? Sign me up.

Marie Antionette never even had it so good. And there was cake too.

What is the saddest development of all from Dennis Hof passing away so suddenly is that he promised everyone at the party that he was going to meet them at Desert Haven when they opened this afternoon and he was going to pay the adoption fees for the first 10 people who came to adopt a dog or cat from the shelter, which Hof supported wholeheartedly.

Now 10 dogs and cats will not be adopted out because their benefactor has run his race, his day is done. Rest in peace, Dennis Hof. I hardly knew you but I had no quarrel with you and it is not my place to judge either the living or the dead. Speak ill of the dead as you will just mind the hole that you’re digging for yourself while you’re doing it. Just saying.


Rest In Peace