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Hunter S. Thompson

Author, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hells Angels.

Devoted fan of the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater; even had business cards printed up which read:

Hunter S. Thompson
Night Manager
the Mitchell Brothers Theater

In 1970 Thompson ran for Sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado on the Freak Power ticket. He announced that he would spearhead several reforms:

  1. rename Aspen to "Fat City, Colorado"
  2. tear up the downtown streets and replace them with bike paths
  3. decriminalize drug possession
  4. decriminalize the sale of drugs (but only at cost)
  5. reintroduce the stocks for drug dealers working at profit

As the Republican sheriff he was running against sported a crew cut, Thompson shaved his head bald and referred to the other candidate as my long-haired opponent. Even so, he lost the election.

Scored a one-on-one interview with Richard M. Nixon, on the condition that they would only discuss football.

There have been two Hollywood attempts to turn Hunter's writings into movies. The first, Where the Buffalo Roam starring Bill Murray, was an astounding failure. However, it did have one unintended effect: in hanging around with Thompson for a while, it turned Murray into an unrepetant jerk for a good amount of time after production wrapped, affecting his relationship/interaction with the Saturday Night Live production.

The second attempt, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, was more successful, with the efforts of Terry Gilliam and Johnny Depp providing a near-exact portrayal of the novel.

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

George W Bush once attended a Superbowl party hosted by Thompson, back in his cocaine days.


18 Jul 1937 Hunter S. Thompson born, Louisville KY.
1957 Honorably discharged, U.S. Air Force.
1967 Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga.
Jun 1968 Ends up in the midst of a riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
1970 Loses election for Sheriff of Pitkin County by 500 votes, running on the Freak Power ticket.
1971 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
20 Feb 2005 Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide by gunshot in his home in Woody Creek, CO.

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