Richard “Old Man” Harrison was the founder of the world-famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. Over the years, the shop has gathered quite a reputation for being the best in the business. After years of trying to get a reality TV show deal, the shop was finally approached by The History Channel, and the rest is, well, history.
Millions of fans worldwide tuned in to watch the inner-workings of the Harrison clan and their 24-hour pawn shop. When Harrison passed away in 2018, his family and fans were devastated. However, they were shocked to learn some of his final wishes.
Keep reading to learn how Richard Harrison built his multi-million dollar business from the ground up and about his puzzling final wishes.
Although Harrison wasn’t always business-oriented, he was definitely always fond of cars. So fond that before he started his business venture in Sin City, he committed some sins of his own. Right before his marriage, Harrison was caught trying to steal a car.
He was arrested, and the judge gave him an ultimatum: Serve time in prison or draft into the United States Military. Harrison was not so keen on going to jail, so he decided to draft into the Navy. Well, the Navy’s discipline and structure did Harrison well, and he surprisingly served for a total of two decades. He achieved the rank of petty officer first class (PO1) before he was discharged.