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Ooh doggie, it’s Jethro

Aug 19, 2003 4:39 AM

Lake Tahoe resident Max Baer Jr. has resurrected his concept for a casino based on the popular Beverly Hillbillies ’60s sitcom.

Baer Jr, who played Jethro on the long-running show, wants to build a facility with 240 hotel rooms and a large decorative flaming oil derrick at its entrance. The resort would be called Jethro’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion & Casino.

At 30,000 square feet with 800 slot machines and 16 table games, the casino would be similar in size to Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel in Reno and the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, according to a Reno Gazette-Journal report.

"The 800-pound gorilla ”” that is what we hope to be in this valley," said the 66-year-old Baer. "I’d rather be a big fish in a small pond than a little fish in a sewer."

Baer’s initial casino plan, slated for the Park Lane Mall, was killed in late 1999 when it was alleged that he could not come up with the financing. He contended that construction agreements were needed before finalizing funding.