Doc Eclectic and Tark the Shark

Photo by Cindi Moon Reed

Photo by Cindi Moon Reed

Walking through Lonnie Hammargren’s annual open house honoring Nevada Day on November 3, visitors were treated to the former lieutenant governor and retired neurosurgeon’s eclectic hodgepodge of Nevada-related treasures and oddities that consume his sprawling three-house property. But this year, in addition to Liberace’s piano, the Hoover Dam replica, the tangle of old casino signs and the full-scale dinosaur model that share the multilevel, 17,200-square-foot Paradise Valley dwelling, a live Shark was incorporated into the Silver State celebration.

Former UNLV coach and recent Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Tarkanian, who was honored last week with a statue outside the Thomas & Mack Center, attended the event at Hammargren’s invitation, and was warmly greeted by a Marilyn Monroe impersonator. Even with the cornucopia of colorful craziness that envelops the property, the sight of living Nevada legends Hammargren and Tarkanian sitting together proved to be the most wonderful image of the day.

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