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Old 10-07-2004, 10:40 AM   #1
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:41 AM   #2
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:48 AM   #3
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:05 AM   #4
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:10 AM   #5
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:29 AM   #6
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Old 10-07-2004, 11:34 AM   #7
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We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

I remember saying something like: "I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive..."

Suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car...
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Old 10-07-2004, 12:03 PM   #8
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^^^^ from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas!!

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Hunter S. Thompson

AKA Hunter Stockton Thompson

Born: 18-Jul-1937
Birthplace: Louisville, KY

Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist, Author

Level of fame: Famous
Executive summary: Gonzo journalist and author

Military service: USAF

Growing up in Louisville, Hunter Thompson was comfortable with the athletes clique in high school, as well as the hoods and the rich kids. His family wasn't well off, but the dashing Hunter was always welcome at swanky debutante parties, with open bars and no age checks. Thompson and friends also stole a lot of beer, every weekend. If the legends can be believed, he was a heavy drinker by 14. Jailed for shoplifting at 18, Thompson says he's since given up crimes of property.

As an Airman Second Class, he wrote a sports column for The Command Courier, official paper of Elgin Air Force Base. Even then he was known for exaggerated or fabricated -- but fascinating -- accounts. He later worked as a copy boy for Time, wrote for National Observer and El Sportivo (a Caribbean tabloid about bowling), was fired from a string of small-town papers, and trashed his home town's most famous sports event in an article titled "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved."

A friend wrote to Thompson that his writing had gone "totally gonzo," which may trace back to the Spanish slang gonzagas (loosely translated, "fooled you"). "Gonzo" has since entered English-language dictionaries as a synonym for "bizarre," but for Thompson it seems to mean "literary cubism" -- journalism with only the loosest rules.

In the 1960s he spent several months riding, drinking, drugging, and partying with the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang, and turned in an article on the topic for National Observer. It became the book, Hell's Angels. Then came Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a drug-running road trip across the American Southwest, first serialized in Rolling Stone. Thompson was among the many beaten by police outside Chicago's 1968 Democratic Convention, an event which only made him more politically active.

Thompson's latest book is Kingdom of Fear, a pessimistic look at America in the aftermath of Sept. 11. He writes a column for ESPN called Hey, Rube, where his bio always says he "lives in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colo." Thompson's a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, active in local politics, and on good terms with his neighbors. One of them, Wayne Ewing, filmed the 2003 documentary Breakfast with Hunter. Another neighbor, Don Johnson, says Thompson wrote for Nash Bridges, but the show used only occasional bits of Thompson's dialogue.



Bill Murray played Hunter Thompson in the movie Where the Buffalo Roam (1980). Johnny Depp was Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and played Thompson's fictionalized protagonist in The Rum Diaries (2004). Depp is a good friend of Thompson's. So's Pat Buchanan. Go figure.

Words to live by: "How low do you have to stoop to be elected President of the United States?"
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Old 10-07-2004, 02:09 PM   #9
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Hunter S. Thompson has always been one of my heroes.
Thanks for the bio, joppa!
Incidentally, he and Pat Buchanan have been friends since Buchanan was a speech writer for Nixon.
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Old 10-07-2004, 03:54 PM   #10
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I'm off to school assembly to see all the tiny rats singing about Thanksgiving. Oh, the wild life I lead!
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Old 10-07-2004, 03:58 PM   #11
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My boss just brought me a pumpkin/cream cheese muffin for my afternoon snack!!
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Old 10-07-2004, 04:26 PM   #12
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Nice boss.
Keep 'im...
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:46 PM   #13
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I plan to do something risky and dangerous today.
I might even go into a bank.
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:59 PM   #14
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