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.
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.
DENNIS HOF OCTOBER 14, 1946 TO OCTOBER 16, 2018
Rest In Peace