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 Hunter S. Thompson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thompson almost always wrote in first person narrative, and his stories became so colorfully contrived that they easily slipped into the realm of fiction; however, the basic framework of the story he told was very often true.
Thompson was fond of firearms and was known to keep a keg of gunpowder in his basement.
Thompson died at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colorado, on February 20, 2005 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson

  
 'Gonzo' journalist Hunter S Thompson dies. 21/02/2005. ABC News Online
Thompson claimed at the time that the book and its tales of LSD use were accurate examples of gonzo journalism but later admitted that some of the events in it never took place.
Thompson made his drug and alcohol-fueled antics and clashes with authority the central theme of his work, challenging the conventions of traditional journalism and creating a larger-than-life outlaw persona for himself along the way.
The ever-rebellious Thompson was born in the southern state of Kentucky in July 1937 and frequently got into trouble with the law in his early years for drinking and vandalism, spending 60 days in jail on one occasion.
www.abc.net.au /news/newsitems/200502/s1307571.htm

  
 washingtonpost.com: Hunter S. Thompson Dies at 67
Hunter S. Thompson, whose life and writing, vivid and quirky reflections of each other, made him one of the principal symbols of the American counterculture, shot and killed himself yesterday at his home near Aspen.
Thompson, 67, was celebrated as a practitioner of an outraged form of personal journalism, offering off-beat ideas and observations in a style that was wildly and vividly his own and that brought him cult-like status and widespread recognition.
Thompson was known for a style that he described as "gonzo journalism," a form of "new journalism." It was based on the idea that fidelity to fact did not always blaze the way to truth.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A40737-2005Feb20?language=printer

  
 LitKicks: Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson pitched the idea of a book on the "The Death of the American Dream." Thompson's idea was to write a book that would "do up a massive indictment, focusing on the murderers of the so-called 'American Dream.'" His main targets were the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs and Lyndon Johnson, to name a few.
Thompson noticed that there was a very low voter turnout in previous elections and determined that for the most part, it was the 18 to 25 year olds who were missing.
Thompson became ingrained in the culture and presented the Angels in a fair light, something that had not been done until this time, even though he had once been on the losing end of a severe beating at the hands of the Angels.
www.litkicks.com /BeatPages/page.jsp?what=HunterSThompson

  
 CBC Arts: Hunter S. Thompson dies
Hunter Thompson, centre, with Benicio Del Toro, left, and Johnny Depp at a New York premiere for the film adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
ASPEN, COLO. - Hunter S. Thompson, the U.S. writer who pioneered the super-subjective form of journalism known as "gonzo," has killed himself, his son said.
Thompson was born in 1937 in Louisville, Ky.
www.cbc.ca /story/arts/national/2005/02/20/Arts/thompson-050221.html

  
 Hunter S. Thompson
Growing up in Louisville, Hunter Thompson was comfortable with the athletes' clique in high school, as well as the hoods and the rich kids.
Thompson was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, active in local politics, and on good terms with his neighbors.
Johnny Depp was Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and played Thompson's fictionalized protagonist in The Rum Diaries (2004).
www.nndb.com /people/312/000022246

  
 Hunter Thompson - The minuteman of the Rockies. By Christopher Hitchens
Hunter Thompson - The minuteman of the Rockies.
Thompson was to pursue this feud, with absolutely Corsican persistence, for many decades.
It had been in 1970 that Thompson first ran for local office in Aspen, and stood against the wave of bourgeoisification that would soon make it a place where the locals could no longer afford to live.
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 CBS News Hunter Thompson's Final Moments February 26, 2005 19:00:00
Hunter Thompson, 67, and his 32-year-old wife lived together at Thompson's home in the hamlet of Woody Creek near Aspen for three years and married April 24, 2003.
Days after losing her husband, Anita Thompson talks calmly, if sometimes tearfully, about the moment he swept her off her feet, the brilliance she saw in his writing, her plans to keep alive his legacy and the love letters he wrote her that help ease the pangs of grief and regret.
Thompson, best known for wildly original books like "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," began saying that suicide wasn't a dishonorable thing a few months before he shot himself in the head, his wife said.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2005/02/25/national/main676532.shtml

  
 Gonzo but Not Forgotten
Thompson's position was that I was "honest"--except for one "wicked moment" when I attended Nixon's funeral and said a few sympathetic words to his family and friends.
Hunter was disheartened after the campaign, and it fell to me on several occasions to try to persuade him not to give up on what he called "this f----- up country."
Perhaps then Hunter and I might both still be alive and well instead of dead and wounded, respectively.
www.commondreams.org /views05/0303-23.htm

  
 Remembering Hunter S. Thompson: Gatling guns, loose hogs and editing
Each of those lines topped one of the columns the inimitable Doctor Thompson wrote in the halcyon days of the San Francisco Examiner, and each of them, for me, is a memory of angst, exhiliration and exhaustion, in roughly that order, from the time when I "edited" Hunter's work.
Thompson's early work was searing: the seminal book "Hell's Angels," followed by "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," the drug-soaked epic that made his name and has been adapted twice to the screen.
When I said, "sure," Hunter burst out of Will's bathroom, fell to the floor, did 10 pushups, then grabbed two tumblers, filled them with scotch, jammed one into my hand, shook the other hand, and the hog, as he would say, was in the tunnel.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /national/212979_hunter22.html

  
 OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts
But the gonzo--Hunter's coinage--madness of Hunter Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1971) and his Rolling Stone classics such as "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" (1970) was what you got in the flesh too.
Hunter's life, like his work, was one long barbaric yawp, to use Whitman's term, of the drug-fueled freedom from and mockery of all conventional proprieties that began in the 1960s.
Thompson is supposed to deliver a lecture at the Festival this evening--and I've just received a telephone call from him saying he's in Kennedy Airport and has run into an old friend.
www.opinionjournal.com /la?id=110006325

  
 Hunter S. Thompson: The Champion of Fun
Hunter Thompson took up residence in San Francisco's Chinatown, in a suite "with wrap-around balconies and a deep Ginzu bathtub...where the management brings me eggrolls every day." He became friends with the notorious Mitchell brothers, who took the journalist/hedonist on as Night Manager of the O'Farrell Theatre, the Carnegie Hall of Public Sex in America.
It was Hunter Thompson's newfound reputation as a Player in High-Life that brought a letter to the Owl Farm from one Gail Palmer, the former porn-slut-turned-producer.
The relationship between Hunter Thompson, sex, and strong chemicals is so intertwined that, at this late stage in his life, the triumvirate becomes impossible to separate.
www.fargonebooks.com /hunter2.html

  
 BBC NEWS Entertainment Arts Hunter S Thompson commits suicide
Thompson pioneered "gonzo journalism", a factual style in which the writer was an essential part of the story, and was an acute observer of American life.
Thompson was known for his observations on the decadence and depravity of American life.
Author Martin A Lee, who met and interviewed Thompson on a number of occasions, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that Thompson's death was "sad" but "not surprising", describing him as someone who "lived on the edge".
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/arts/4282865.stm

  
 Hunter S. Thompson Biography / Biography of Hunter S. Thompson Main Biography
The American journalist Hunter Stockton Thompson (born 1937) was known as one of the best examples of "Gonzo" journalism.
Born July 18, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky, Hunter S. Thompson was the son of Jack and Virginia (Ray) Thompson.
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 (DV) Charles: Encountering Hunter Thompson
Yet Thompson’s articles broke all of the rules and, as a result, they were fascinating, captivating, and drew me into not just the story but also his world -- or at least the world as Thompson saw it through the haze of whatever drugs he was on at the time.
In a way, Thompson may have been acknowledging, however reluctantly, that the gonzo journalist for a gonzo generation was, like his readers, seeing his prime receding in the rear view mirror.
But beer for Thompson was as docile a morning pick-me-up as orange juice is for me, and he was coherent, amiable and chatty.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Mar05/Charles0303.htm

  
 ESPN.com - GEN - Author Hunter S. Thompson fatally shoots self
DENVER -- Hunter S. Thompson, the hard-living writer who inserted himself into his accounts of America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," has committed suicide.
Thompson was often linked with fellow writers Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe as part of a troika of literary titans who invented a reporting style in the 1960s that came to be known as the New Journalism.
Thompson "took his life with a gunshot to the head," the wife and son said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News.
sports.espn.go.com /espn/news/story?id=1996230

  
 Hunter Thompson was working on WTC collapse story before mysterious sudden death, warned he'd be 'suicided'
Thompson's family says he was not depressed, nor was he in enough to pain to kill himself.
This account says Thompson killed himself while sitting in a chair on his typewriter and yet the original account tells us that Thompson shot himself while talking to his wife on the phone in the kitchen.
Thompson said she heard a loud, muffled noise, but didn't know what had happened.
www.infowars.com /articles/ps/hunter_s_thompson_suicided_for_911_story.htm

  
 ESPN.com - Page2 - Welcome to the Big Darkness
Hi, folks, my name is still Thompson, and I still drink gin with ER Nurses at night -- but in one particular way, I am a New Man, a different man, a more dangerous man than I was the last time we talked.
A regular contributor to various national and international publications, Thompson now lives in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colo. His column, "Hey, Rube," appears regularly on Page 2.
Thompson: The Good, the bad and the vicious
espn.go.com /page2/s/thompson/030722.html

  
 Frank Rich Remembers Hunter Thompson by Jude Wanniski
Hunter Thompson did not do investigative reporting, but he would have had a savage take on our news-free world – not least because it resembles his own during the Nixon era, before he had calcified into the self-parodistic pop culture cartoon immortalized by Garry Trudeau, Bill Murray, Johnny Depp and most of his eulogists.
"The death of Thompson represents the passing from the Age of Gonzo to the Age of Gannon," wrote Russell Cobb in a column in The Daily Texan at the University of Texas.
Thompson was out to break the mainstream media's rules.
www.lewrockwell.com /wanniski/wanniski61.html

  
 The NarcoSphere Hunter Thompson (1937-2005) and the Art of Listening
I met Hunter Thompson just once, in 1976 when he was at the height of his fame.
Thompson created for himself a public persona of a wild man; a scary, gun-slinger, drug-taker, and irreverent defiler of social norms.
After all, it’s no accident that Thompson himself cut his journalistic teeth as a Caribbean and South American correspondent before returning to the United States in 1963 with the hawk eyes able to observe the absurdity of a land that has forfeited the right to take itself anywhere near as seriously as it does.
narcosphere.narconews.com /story/2005/2/21/14415/8912

  
 USATODAY.com - Author Hunter Thompson dies at 67
Hunter S. Thompson was an obscure journalist and failed novelist when he spent 18 months running with the Hell's Angels in the mid-1960s.
Thompson's image was of a hard-drinking, pot-smoking "Gonzo" journalist who was parodied as Uncle Duke in Garry Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury.
Tulane University historian Douglas Brinkley, who edited the first two volumes of Thompson's letters, The Proud Highway and Fear and Loathing in America, and is working on the third, says he spoke on Friday to Thompson.
www.usatoday.com /life/people/2005-02-20-hunter-thompson-death_x.htm

  
 AlterNet: MediaCulture: Hunter S. Thompson, R.I.P.
Hunter Thompson is the reason I write politics.
Thompson, the acerbic counterculture writer who popularized a new form of journalism in books like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, fatally shot himself Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at his Aspen-area home, his son said.
With Thompson's suicide, journalism lost a deeply flawed and unconventional practitioner – but one who always sought the truth with his highball.
www.alternet.org /mediaculture/21320

  
 disinformation hunter s. thompson
The release of Hunter S. Thompson's legendary novel The Rum Diary (1958-1967) was a publishing event of the 1990s.
Thompson's daring study Hells Angels (New York: Random House, 1967) captured their brooding menace and established him as the most subversive voice in the US New Journalism movement, which combined the craft of literature with news gathering techniques to highlight how Objectivity was structured bias in reality.
By the mid-1970s, Thompson had reached rock star status for Rolling Stone magazine, and the pressures of fame took its toll, as myth became reality.
www.disinfo.com /archive/pages/dossier/id361/pg1

  
 Hunter S. Thompson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thompson was long rumored to have appeared on the early 90's Nickelodeon TV series, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, in the episode "New Years Pete." However, the creators have since debunked this in several interviews, explaining that the "Man on the Street" was simply an extra who, coincidentally, happened to be named Hunter Thompson.
Thompson's brother James (born 1949 and died from AIDS complications in 1994) claimed Thompson was offended by his homosexuality, and the two were never close.
Thompson almost always wrote in first person narrative, and his stories became so colorfully contrived that they easily slipped into the realm of fiction; however, the basic framework of the story he told was very often true.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hunter_S._Thompson   (3886 words)

  
 Schneier on Security: Hunter S. Thompson
This might not be totally fair to Hunter, but as much as he detested Nixon and W I do not think he ever criticized them for their carelessness with the law and love of high-stakes risk.
Perhaps Hunter might have put it another way: "those in control, really aren't, but it takes guts to be honest about one's true relationship with others and lead them without lying".
If Hunter were listening, I would tell him we are truly secure when we can take risks and achieve reward.
www.schneier.com /blog/archives/2005/02/hunter_s_thomps.html   (3886 words)

  
 Blogcritics.org: Hunter Thompson, goddamn you!
Hunter S Thompson, one of the greatest writer/journalists ever to have lived, and certainly one of the most important to live in our lifetime, has taken his own life, and for some reason, i feel i should mention it here.
Hunter Thompson was a self-indulgent, obnoxious, exceptionally irresponsible, crass, mentally disabled due to drug abuse, douchebag who was also a brilliant and entertaining writer.
Maybe, just maybe, Hunter killed himself because he had come to the conclusion that he, too, was a mere faker, a poser, and just like he liked to shoot holes in any fakery he found, maybe he finally came to the conclusion that he had to shoot a hole in the fakery that was....
blogcritics.org /archives/2005/02/21/011718.php   (3886 words)

  
 Michelle Malkin: HUNTER THOMPSON DEAD
ASPEN, Colo. - Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counter-culture author of books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself Sunday night at his Aspen-area home, his son said.
Jeff G. : "Thompson was a brilliant writer and one of the counterculture’s most recognizable figures.
Sheriff Bob Braudis said in a brief telephone interview that Thompson was alone in his kitchen when he shot himself with a handgun.
michellemalkin.com /archives/001559.htm   (3886 words)

  
 The Great Thompson Hunt - Hunter S. Thompson - King of Gonzo!
TGTH is not authorized or endorsed by Hunter Thompson or his publishers.
The Great Thompson Hunt is authored and maintained solely by Christine Othitis Bennett.
Permission being sought for most items here; pictures are for personal and educational use only and as part of an effort to digitize my collection of Hunternalia so the world may see what this remarkable man has to offer.
www.gonzo.org   (3886 words)

  
 ABC News: Author Hunter S. Thompson Commits Suicide
"Hunter prized his privacy and we ask that his friends and admirers respect that privacy as well as that of his family," Juan Thompson said in a statement released to the Aspen Daily News.
ASPEN, Colo. Feb 20, 2005 &; Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counter-culture author of books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself Sunday night at his Aspen-area home, his son said.
ABC News: Author Hunter S. Thompson Commits Suicide
abcnews.go.com /US/wireStory?id=518039   (3886 words)

  
 Thompson_Hunter_S_ky
Hunter S. Thompson, creator of Gonzo Journalism, not only is known for his writing, but also for his persona.
Thompson, Hunter S. Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s; Gonzo Papers Volume Two.
His supervising officer's discovery that Thompson had also been moonlighting for a civilian newspaper was the culminating event that led to his honorable discharge in 1958 (6).
www.ncteamericancollection.org /litmap/thompson_hunter_s_ky.htm   (3886 words)

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