The US Army has called upon scientists to create a suit for soldiers which prevents brain injuries and gives them extra-strength. The futuristic design was based on a prototype which mimics that of the suit in hit movie Iron Man.
The U.S. Special Operations Command requested submissions from any “industry, academia, individuals and government organizations,” which would consider developing the suit for military purposes.
The request is less than simple and requires ‘operable exoskeleton’ which can detect human motion, while not disturbing the use of military equipment.
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) would enable soldiers to have night vision, super-human strength and be able to detect and deflect bullets. The idea has been put out by the military since 2013 but they are yet to be taken up on an offer so have extended the request, year after year.
In 2017, it was revealed that the Army has been testing a futuristic exoskeleton which gives soldiers superhuman abilities, utilizing artificial intelligence to give soldiers extra power to carry heavy loads. Former 2013 Talos lead, Michel Fieldson, said in a statement “We sometimes refer to it as the Iron Man suit, frankly to attract the attention, imagination and excitement of industry and academia.”
The suits were intended for Navy SEALs and Special Forces with enhanced mobility, but they forecast incorrectly and said that the suits would be tested in 2018, they didn’t expect to still be putting out the request in 2017.
However, Professor McKinley had his doubts about the success of the suit and how well the Army had considered it. He said, “Like all good superheros, Talos has one weakness. For the Army’s Talos, the weak spot is either the need to carry around a heavy pump for an hydraulic system, or lots of heavy batteries. We don’t have Iron Man’s power source yet!”
Out Of The Will
Richard Harrison is the original founder of the pawn shop that the show is set in. Over the years, the shop has garnered a reputation for being one of the best in the business and the launch of the show helped to cement its reputation. However, fans and audiences were shocked to find out that upon his death, Harrison had decided to leave one of his children out of his will. Details have slowly started emerging about the issue and it has left fans shocked…
Serving In The Navy
Richard Harrison, the store’s founder and the father of the family, was born in 1941. Because he had come from a poor background, Richard soon found himself embroiled in a life of petty crimes. This culminated when he was caught trying to steal a car. To avoid a prison sentence, he decided to enlist in the Navy instead. After serving dutifully for 20 years, he was eventually promoted to the rank of Petty Officer, First Class. After the Navy, Harrison needed cash.
At this point in his life, Harrison had married the love of his life, Joanne Rhue. While Richard was in the Navy, JoAnne had tried to run a small real-estate business. The couple had also started their small family at this point and had three young sons to raise. Just before leaving the Navy, Joanne’s business had started to fail. Richard decided that he needed to do something to save his family and figured that moving to a city with more opportunity would be the best option.
Starting A Business
With the little bit of cash that they had left, Richard moved his family to Las Vegas in Nevada. Once there, he rented a small 300-square meter space and decided to start a business buying and selling gold and silver coins. After a while, he decided to expand the business to a pawn shop as well. Pretty soon, the business started to pick up and Richard realized he was on to something. He then enlisted the help of his oldest son Rick.
As the family business grew more and more, Rick and his father developed a strong bond. Together, they worked in a kind of good cop/bad cop routine with the aim of getting high-value goods and antiques for as low a price as possible. As a result of this, Rick learned to develop a strong sense of negotiating skills that he put to good use in the store. In many ways, this has become the trademark of his business and character in the show. But not all of his sons were so involved with the business.
A Strong Bond
Over the years, Pawn Stars has had 16 eventful and dramatic seasons. However, this has never failed to build the bond between Rick and his father over the years. Each dramatic moment an amazing find that they manage to bring into the store has helped to strengthen their dynamic relationship. As a family business, it’s important to ensure that you have a strong and trusting relationship, or the strain can really take its toll on the business and family together. However, it seemed Richard’s bond was not so strong with all of his children…
Over the course of his life and the show, Richard has been Rick’s hero. There’s no doubt that the bond between a father and his son is an important one. However, these two have been lucky enough to share more than just their lives together, but also grow a business together. They say that when family gets involved in business, it can either be incredibly rewarding or really destructive should things go wrong. Thankfully, these two enjoyed an amazing business relationship and personal one over the years…
A Sad Loss
Sadly though, this would all come to an end in June of last year when Richard passed away from Parkinson’s disease. While Richard had lived a full and rewarding life, it was still difficult for Rick and fans to watch him pass away last year. The show had lost an invaluable character and Rick had lost his hero. It was an emotional time for him and his family. However, Richard’s death would leave yet one last mystery to be unveiled…
While losing someone as close as your father is already a difficult enough process to go through unto itself, Richard would go on to surprise his family by leaving one last turn of drama for them. When someone passes away, it’s customary for them to leave a will declaring what they’d like to leave to their descendants. However, when Rick and his brothers were called into the lawyer’s office to discuss their fathers will, they were shocked by one of his final decisions.
Starting Off Small
While Gold & Silver may have managed to earn international acclaim eventually, the truth is that the family business had very humble beginnings.Pretty soon though, the business managed to take off and eventually even became successful with the family managing and maintaining the business since then without fail. But Richard’s recent passing left a few unanswered questions…
Upon reviewing their fathers will, they realized that he had decided to leave one of his children out of it. According to a part of the will that was released to the public, Richard said this: “I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison; however for purposes of this Will, I have intentionally and with full knowledge failed to provide for him and his issue.” For reasons unknown, Richard decided to leave his youngest son Christopher out of the will.
Most people who are fans of the show will probably not have heard about Christopher up until now. The reason for this is that he was the only child in the family who decided not to follow his father and brothers into the family business. While Rick and the Harrisons have not released a direct reason for Richard’s decision, they have said that it was something that had been previously discussed. Obviously, it’s a personal issue and one that they would prefer to keep private.
A Father’s Love
In the rest of the will, Richard went on to state that: “I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison.” It’s clear then that while their relationship wasn’t necessarily on bad grounds or that there was any direct dispute between him and his father, he had still decided that it was best to leave him out of his will. Sometimes, despite being on good terms with a parent, this can arise for any number of reasons…
A Family Mystery
Ultimately though, it seemed as though Richard’s reasons would have to remain a mystery for now. While Rick and his son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison had admitted to discussing this with his father earlier in their relationship, they have decided to keep his reasons for the decision a mystery. While some have speculated that the decision was largely motivated by the fact that Christopher was not directly involved in the family business, we will probably never know the exact reasons…
From The Heart
In a post, Rick opened up about his feelings towards him. “He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.” This was obviously a very emotional time for Rick and he continued by saying: “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.” But what do fans think of Richard’s decision?
The show is known for having a large and loyal fanbase, many of whom were surprised by the news that “Old Man” had decided to leave his youngest son out of the will. After the news was released, many fans replied saying things like “Sorry, I actually would like to know why he was left off. If he did not get along with the other brother or just did not get along with the dad.” The family lawyers state that there was no reason given…
Going On Strong
Since the passing of Richard “Old Man” Harrison, the show took a brief pause in between seasons in order to get things in order again and allow the family to process the loss. However, rather than letting the show come to an end once and for all, Rick has decided to continue into season 16. It seems as though Pawn Stars will be going on stronger than ever and that the store will most likely be around for a lot longer.
Since the rise of the show’s success, the cast of Pawn Stars has gone on to become pop culture icons in their own right. While TV audiences have become the most influential in helping sustain the success and fame of the show and it’s characters, Rick, Chumlee, ‘Big Hoss,’ and Richard ‘Old Man’ Harrison have all become internet icons as well. In the modern era, this can often help to sustain someone’s fame a lot more than TV or other mediums do, largely propagating their popularity.
What Is Pawn Stars?
Pawn Stars is a show that is centered around the Gold & Silver Pawn Store in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show originally started when two producers from the History channel happened to enter the store by chance. They immediately took a liking to the style of the store and loved the idea that it was a family business. After commissioning the owners, Richard Harrison and his son Rick, to make a show out of their daily business, Pawn Stars was born.
A Family Business
One of the most crucial elements that helped Rick and Richards’ business stand out from most other pawn stores is that it’s a family business. The store has a long and rich history and the fact that it’s run by a family makes it an intimate experience. The dynamic between the family members has helped to win audiences over from all around the world and pretty soon, the show became the 2nd most popular reality TV show in America.
An International Sensation
Since being approached by the History channel to start their own daytime TV show, the Gold & Silver pawn shop has become somewhat of an international sensation. Audiences from around the world have tuned in regularly to see the kind of crazy objects, antiques, and antics that the shop has become known for. The staff of the shop have become celebrities unto themselves. But like any family, the Harrisons have their own unique dynamic, and Richard’s passing revealed rifts in the family that fans never saw.
While Richard and Rick became experts unto themselves, they still relied on the opinion of real experts for their daily operations. Mark Allen, Joe Amoroso and Brenda Anderson have become frequent guests at the store. They are frequently called in to assess items to determine their validity or value. Since the start of the TV show, they have become featured regulars themselves and are now quite well-known in their own right. Although these characters will continue to grace our screens, Richard will be missed.
It seems like Old Man’s passing has only made his boys that much more conscious when it comes to how they handle their money. Take Chumlee, for example, who recently sold his lush Las Vegas party home for a cool $1.375 million. It appears that Chumlee is ready to put the debauchery aside, especially after police raided the home and found all sorts of contraband just three years ago. It remains to be seen what he’ll do with money…
Love Is In The Air
If there is anything that Chumlee learned from Old Man Richard, it was that love conquers all. He took this valuable lesson and recently applied it after having a special pre-wedding party in downtown Las Vegas with wife-to-be Olivia Rademann. All of his friends and family were there to celebrate with them before the big day. “It’s beautiful. I already feel like I’m married,” he said. Theres is no doubt that Richard would be proud of Chumlee’s newfound love.
Will They Still Be A Unit?
One of the biggest questions surrounding the team at Pawn Stars now is whether or not they will be able to stay unified now that Old Man Richard is out of the picture. Most notably, will Chumlee and the Harrisons be able to keep the peace now that the peacemaker is gone? To be fair, Corey and Chumlee have been close since they were kids and are basically like brothers. They were even there for each other during Chumlee’s legal trouble.
Do They Still Work Together?
Old Man’s passing has also posed the question of whether or not the team will still work together. The truth is that they are going as strong as ever, with their iconic show still running as of 2019. The reality though is that they have so many more business opportunities under their belts ever since the show blew up. Corey even confirmed that he only shows up now to check on employees and for show purposes.
When Will The Show Stop?
In many ways, Old Man was the heart and soul of the show. So since his passing, many have wondered how long the show will last before the team decide it’s never going to be the same. One thing’s for sure: if the show continues to rake in the figures it does on a weekly basis, then Rick and Chumlee will probably see no reason to shut it down anytime soon. This show could keep going for a very long time.
Time To Travel
It appears that not only Pawn Stars will carry on being a hit on TV, but the team are planning on taking their story abroad. They are going to do episodes in other countries, exploring antiques and valuable items around the globe. “It’s confirmed, and each year we try to switch it up a bit,” Rick said. “We’ll be traveling around the world, looking for items of interest.” It is highly likely that the team will be recognized wherever they go.
Ever since they became superstars in the world of antiques, Rick, Corey and Chumlee have been able to pursue other passions. In fact, they have been able to explore other business endeavors. Take Rick for example, who set up a bar/restaurant called Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern. Then there is Chumlee, who has quite a sweet tooth – so much so that he ended up opening his very own candy store, called Candy on the Blvd.
A Lasting Legacy
Rick and the remaining members of the Harrison family directly involved in the running of the business have ensured that the business will continue to keep running for as long as they can keep it open. In turn, the success of the show has ensured that Pawn Stars will leave a lasting legacy not only on the pawn industry as a whole but for Rick and the sake of his father’s dream. Richard’s dream will live on through the lives of devoted fans all over.