Having lived in Las Vegas for almost (lucky) 13 years now I felt it was my duty to get to know Mr. Newton. Actually, I feel it's my duty as an American to experience places like Graceland (check!), the now defunct Elvis-O-Rama museum and Liberace museum (check to both!). These people are our national treasures and I am proud I live in a place like Las Vegas that has that and then sprinkles a little more glitter on top.
My tour started in the theatre with a brief history on Wayne. To be fair, I must admit I'm not exactly a fan. I respect him as a person and definitely the time he spends with our military, but I really went for the kitsch value. Let's face it, the only reference Generation X has of Mr. Newton is that great lip-sync scene in Ferris Bueller's Day off. Am I right?
After the film, we boarded a bus and headed over to Casa de Shenandoah. If you're a Vegas local you've driven past it and wondered, what exactly is in there. I'll tell you...land. And kind of small houses. And lots and lots of horses. Beautiful Arabian horses which is what Wayne breeds.
I was dying, DYING to see what was behind those doors. As an estate liquidator you must know the excitement I get every time I'm invited into a home. I can't wait to start learning things about the person and seeing what tokens they collected over the years.
And finally, the thing that sold me on Wayne...He's friends with Nipsy Russell! I love Nipsy Russell!