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“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold…”

In 1972, with just 18 words, Hunter S. Thompson started a revolution. Along with Tom Wolfe and Gay Talese, he helped create an entirely different style of journalism: “New Journalism.” Or as he liked to call it, “Gonzo Journalism.” The idea of a journalist putting himself into the article is commonplace now, but at the time it was unthinkable. Hunter S. Thompson made it a way of life. Thompson took drug use, debauchery, and cynicism to unfathomable levels…and he brought us right along with him.

Thompson was born in 1937. He served in the Air Force for 2 years, working as a newspaper sport editor. By 1966 he was already publishing full length non-fiction books. In 1972, he was assigned to cover a motorbike race known as the Mint 400. The resulting 24 hours would become one of the most famous books ever written: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He continued to write about the politics and the American Dream for another 32 years, writing books and stories up until 2004’s release, “Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness.”

On February 21, 2005, Hunter S. Thompson was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. As of February 22, 2005, it is has not been revealed by his family – his wife Anita and his son Juan – whether or not he left a note. His family has issued a statement and has asked for privacy. All that is known is that America has lost the best Gonzo Journalist the world has ever known.

Thompson was a strange man who befriended people like Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, and Conan O’Brien. He denounced Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush while praising Bob Dylan and Fidel Castro. He has inspired countless writers and journalists, and affected many people’s lives, for better or for worse. And for that, the literary world will miss him.




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The following comments are for "Hunter S. Thompson - A Memorial"
by E.G. Evans

Yeah Man!
Damn right!!

( Posted by: DrHAlger [Member] On: September 11, 2006 )





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