June 2, 2008
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — Hunter S. Thompson was an American Hero in the truest sense of the word. That’s why I think it’s particularly fitting that Gonzo is slated to open on July 4th*. There’s a much high quality trailier available at Apple, but for those of you who can’t be bothered, here’s the YouTube version:
* although I freely admit it’d be even better if it would open someplace you could smoke, drink Wild Turkey and set off fireworks (and handguns) (and howitzers) while you watched it. You know Doc would have wanted it that way.
March 1, 2007
A fascinating, 30 year old BBC documentary on the Good Doctor and Ralph Steadman, five years after Nixon’s resignation, and on a road trip to Hollywood (to work on what would become “Where the Buffalo Roam“).
Includes an interesting scene of John Dean chatting with Hunter about his Watergate testimony (at about 32 minutes), the birth of the “Re-Elect Nixon Campaign” (with a Bill Murray cameo), and a remarkably eerie scene with Hunter and Ralph planning Hunter’s final monument and his ashes being shot into the air, long before the actual fact.
August 21, 2005
Doc Thompson got his final wish last night, his ashes blown into the night from atop a giant 15 story gonzo fist sculpture at the Owl Farm.
With a deafening boom, the ashes of Hunter S. Thompson were blown into the sky amid fireworks late Saturday as relatives and a star-studded crowd bid an irreverent farewell to the founder of “gonzo journalism.”
Like most everything in his life, he dealt with death on his own terms.
May 14, 2005
In this month’s Columbia Journalism Review, Robert Love muses on his 23 year ride as editor for many of Hunter Thompson’s articles, in “A Technical Guide for Editing Gonzo”
Love edited about a dozen of HST’s articles over that span, and slowly came to understand the nature of the process itself. In this article, he goes back over his notes and recounts some of his more interesting experiences.
April 5, 2005
CNN is reporting that plans are underway to honor Hunter’s final wish.
Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes will be blasted from a cannon mounted inside a 53-foot-high (16.15 meter-high) sculpture of the journalist’s “gonzo fist” emblem, his wife said Tuesday.
The cannon shot, planned sometime in August on the grounds of his Aspen-area home, will fulfill the writer’s long-cherished wish.
February 21, 2005
Hunter’s writing has been a constant source of personal inspiration and madness for 30+ years.