The return of Rusty ... and Big Boy, too

By Corene Brisendine

Rusty Wilson is back from his trip to the set of the Pawn Stars TV show, and the Bob’s Big Boy sign is back with him.

Does that mean the celebrity Las Vegas pawn shop owners didn’t offer enough money to interest the owner of Kite’s Bar and Grille in selling it? Wilson isn’t saying.

On Tuesday, Wilson recorded a segment of the hit History Channel show at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. The shop is run by Richard, Rick and Corey Harrison, who star with Austin “Chumlee” Russel.

Wilson told the Mercury he couldn’t discuss what happened on the show and whether he sold the 500-pound sign because of a confidentiality agreement he signed with the show’s producers. The agreement holds until the Wilson segment actually airs. The show airs at 8 p.m. Thursdays on the History Channel, but it is not yet known when the Big Boy segment will be included.

A producer of the show spotted the iconic statue that Wilson owns and asked him to bring it to Vegas with him. The sign may also be familiar to fans of the Austin Powers movie series, since a similar one was used as Dr. Evil’s rocket.

Wilson, owner of Kite’s and Rusty’s in Aggieville, previously told the Mercury that he probably wouldn’t sell the statue, but that didn’t stop him from driving 1,038 miles to be on the show. He also said if he didn’t sell the statue, it would be put back in Kite’s where it was located until sometime last year when it got damaged and Wilson removed it.

Wilson bought the statue from Blaine Thomas, owner of Thomas Sign Company, 10 years ago. Thomas found three Big Boy statues in a Kansas barn. Bart Thomas, Blaine’s son, helped get the statue ready for the show, including loading it onto Wilson’s truck.

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