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Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. ThompsonAKA Hunter Stockton Thompson

Born: 18-Jul-1937
Birthplace: Louisville, KY
Died: 20-Feb-2005
Location of death: Woody Creek, CO
Cause of death: Suicide
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at Owl Farm, Woody Creek, CO)

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

Nationality: United States
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 young 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 has since given up crimes of property. As an Airman Second Class, he wrote a sports column for The Command Courier, official paper of Eglin 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 seemed to mean "literary cubism" -- journalism with only the loosest rules. In the 1960s he spent several months riding, drinking, and drugging 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.

In his last years, he wrote a column for ESPN called Hey, Rube, where his bio always said he lived "in a fortified compound near Aspen, Colo."

Father: Jack Robert Thompson (insurance salesman, d. 1954)
Mother: Virginia Davidson Ray Thompson (d. 1999)
Brother: James Garnett Thompson ("Jim", disc jockey, b. 2-Feb-1949, d. 1994 AIDS)
Wife: Sandra Dawn Conklin (m. 19-May-1963, five miscarriages, div. 1980)
Son: Juan Fitzgerald Thompson (b. 23-Mar-1964)
Wife: Anita Thompson (Thompson's personal assistant, b. 1972, m. 24-Apr-2003)

    University: Florida State University
    University: Columbia University

    The San Francisco Examiner (1985-90)
    High Times (1977-82)
    Rolling Stone Staff Writer (1970-84)
    The Nation (1964-66)
    The National Observer (1961-63)
    The New York Times Copyboy
    Esquire 1991
    National Rifle Association Life Member
    National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    Kentucky Colonel 1996
    Robbery Jun-1956
    Underage Drinking
    Sexual Assault 6-Apr-1990 (Aspen, CO, charge dropped)
    Drug Possession 6-Apr-1990 (Aspen, CO charge dropped)
    Driving While Intoxicated 7-Nov-1995 (Aspen, CO, arrested)
    Assault 17-Apr-1997 (Boulder, CO, arrested)
    Esalen Groundskeeper
    Hip Replacement Surgery
    Ordained by the Universal Life Church Minister
    Shot: Self-Inflicted Woody Creek, CO (20-Feb-2005)
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Marijuana, LSD, Cocaine, Peyote, Sciatica

    For No Good Reason (12-Oct-2012) · Himself
    Fuck (7-Nov-2005) · Himself

Rotten Library Page:
Hunter S. Thompson

Author of books:
Hell's Angels (1966, nonfiction)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1972, novel)
Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 (1974, nonfiction)
The Great Shark Hunt (1977, essays)
Generation of Swine (1988, essays)
Songs of the Doomed (1990, essays)
Better Than Sex (1994, essays)
The Proud Highway (1997, letters)
The Rum Diary (1998, novel, written 1959)
Fear and Loathing in America (2000, letters)

Is the subject of documentaries:
Breakfast with Hunter, 2003

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