Sunday, February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson: RIP


Please excuse me while I a take a break from the rally commentary to mourn the passing of a true American genius, Dr Hunter S. Thompson. He apparently committed suicide at his Colorado home yesterday; newsreports say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dr Thompson was a wonderfully entertaining writer and journalist who pioneered over-the-top, so called "Gonzo" journalism in which the author becomes part of the story. In the 1970s I devoured "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and "Hells Angels" with delight. Although his pharamaceutically enhanced behaviour was truly hilarious (apparently he later said this was entirely fiction -I remain sceptical about this denial) he was an highly insighful and astute political commentator and his book "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail", covering the 1972 US Presidential election, was a landmark. He could also turn his hand to sports writing and was notoriously a devotee of large caliber handguns. I saw him once at a lecture in San Francisco where he gave a larger than life performance. In these days of neoconservative politics the voice of this highly eccentric dissident will be sorely missed.



wangateur said...

I will miss him ... BIG HUG for Juan, Jen, Willam and Anita… who will never be able to fill the hole left in there lives by the man in spite of the myth and legend attached to his life..

I am a long time friend of Juan we went to the Aspen Community School together I have been using the blogs to try to send a message of love to him and the family but I know he is totally swamped because of the media attention at Owl farm and we need to let him know that we care for Him, Anita and the whole family in this time of tragedy while respecting his privacy

Let's see if we can get the word out ...
He was first the MAN….
He became the myth and legend
To me he was several people.
He was my best friend’s dad although he always called his dad Hunter
(At Juan’s wedding he said to a friend about me “Look there’s another little bastard I raised that turned out OK”)
He was Hunter S. Thompson retiring shy southerner who loved guns and his freedom
He was the Dr. Gonzo who we all know who would be in your face and try to kill you if you attempted to try to take away his guns, drugs, freedom, privacy and the god given right to go into an explosive tirade about it.

To be such a person required him to have a unique emotional support structure. These people now need our support, love and understanding in this time of grief.

Bradley Laboe

Mad Dog said...


Sorry for the late reply but I've been trying to catch up on a backlog of stuff that accummulated when I was out of town...

Your efforts to reach out to HST's family through mine and other blogs are commenable and touching. A nice eulogy too.