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Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson

American journalist and author add

Category: Literature

Born in 1937.

Countries: United States (40%), Colorado (17%), Nevada (8%)

Main connections: Colorado, Rolling Stone, Kentucky

Linked to: Playboy, Random House, Democratic Party, The Boston Globe

 

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Hunter S. Thompson was born in 1937 add something


1952

Also in 1952, he was accepted as a member of the Athenaeum Literary Association, a school-sponsored literary and social club that had been founded at Male High in 1862 add something

 

On July 3, 1952, when Thompson was 14 years old, his father, aged 58, died of myasthenia gravis add something

 

Thompson attended I. N. Bloom Elementary School, Highland Middle School, and Atherton High School, before transferring to Louisville, Kentucky Male High School in September 1952 add something


1955

As an Athenaeum member, Thompson contributed articles and helped edit the club's yearbook "The Spectator"; but the group ejected Thompson in 1955, citing his legal problems add something


1956

In 1956, he transferred to Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, Florida add something


1957

In early 1957, he wrote a sports column for "The Playground News", a local newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Florida add something


1958

Thompson was discharged from the Air Force in June 1958 as an Airman First Class, having been recommended for an early honorable discharge by his commanding officer add something


1959

In 1959, "Time" fired him for insubordination add something


1960

Coming to terms with the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement is a major theme of the novel, and the book was greeted with considerable critical acclaim, including being heralded by "The New York Times" as "by far the best book yet written on the decade of dope" add something

 

Following the success of "Hells Angels", Thompson was able to publish articles in a number of well-known magazines during the late 1960s, including "The New York Times Magazine", "Esquire", "Pageant", and "Harper's" add something

 

He travelled frequently, including stints in Puerto Rico and Brazil, before settling in Aspen, Colorado in the early 1960s add something

 

His work and style are considered to be a major part of the New Journalism literary movement of the 1960s and 1970s, which attempted to break free from the purely objective style of mainstream reportage of the time add something

 

In 1960, Thompson moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to take a job with the sporting magazine "El Sportivo," which folded soon after his arrival add something

 

It was an observation on the 1960s' counterculture that Thompson would further examine in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and other articles add something

 

Ace Backwords - Presently, Backwords is working on his next book, "Acid Heroes", about 1960s icons John Lennon, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Hunter S. Thompson, R. Crumb, and Jerry Garcia

 

Owsley Stanley - Stanley's incarceration is lamented in Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" as one of the many signs of the death of the 1960s


1961

After returning to the States, Hunter hitchhiked across the United States along U.S. Hwy 40, eventually ending up in Big Sur, California working as a security guard and caretaker at the Big Sur hot springs for an eight-month period in 1961, just before it became the Esalen Institute add something


1962

From May 1962 to May 1963, Thompson traveled to South America as a correspondent for a Dow Jones-owned weekly newspaper, the "National Observer" add something


1963

Thompson and Conklin were married on May 19, 1963, shortly after they returned to the United States add something

 

Writing to a friend in November 1963, Thompson first used what would become his well-known phrase "fear and loathing" to describe how he felt at the assassination of President John F Kennedy add something


1964

They briefly relocated to Aspen, Colorado, and had one son, Juan Fitzgerald Thompson, born March 23, 1964 add something


1965

In 1965, Carey McWilliams, editor of "The Nation", offered Thompson the opportunity to write a story based on his experience with the California-based Hells Angels motorcycle club add something

 

In a 1965 letter to his friend Paul Semonin, Thompson explained an affection for the Industrial Workers of the World, "I have in recent months come to have a certain feeling for Joe Hill and the Wobbly crowd who, if nothing else, had the right idea add something


1966

Thompson wrote a number of books, publishing from 1966 through the end of his life add something


1967

By late 1967, Thompson and his family moved back to Colorado and rented a house in Woody Creek, a small mountain hamlet outside Aspen, Colorado add something

 

In the "Times Magazine" article, published in 1967, shortly before the "Summer of Love", and entitled "The Hashbury is the Capital of the Hippies", Thompson wrote in-depth about the Hippies of San Francisco, deriding a culture that began to lack the political convictions of the New Left and the artistic core of the Beats, instead becoming overrun with newcomers lacking any purpose other than obtaining drugs add something


1968

Vietnam War - In early 1968, he signed the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. According to Thompson's letters and his later writings, at this time he planned to write a book called "The Joint Chiefs" about "the death of the American Dream add something

 

Set in the writing den of Thompson's Woody Creek home, the show presents the life of Hunter during the years between 1968 and 1971 add something

 

Thompson signed a deal with Ballantine Books in 1968 to write a satirical book called "The Johnson File" about Lyndon B. Johnson add something


1970

Also in 1970, Thompson wrote an article entitled "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" for the short-lived new journalism magazine "Scanlan's Monthly" add something

 

Despite publishing a novel and numerous newspaper and magazine articles, the majority of Thompson's literary output after the late 1970s took the form of a 4-volume series of books called "The Gonzo Papers" add something

 

In 1970, Thompson ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, as part of a group of citizens running for local offices on the "Freak Power" ticket add something

 

Politically minded, Thompson ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, in 1970, on the Freak Power ticket add something

 

Previously a relatively conventional journalist, with the publication in 1970 of "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved", he became a counter cultural figure, with his own brand of New Journalism he termed "Gonzo", an experimental style of journalism where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories add something

 

The book for which Thompson gained most of his fame had its genesis during the research for "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan", an exposé for "Rolling Stone" on the 1970 killing of the Mexican-American television journalist Rubén Salazar add something

 

Thompson's output notably declined from the mid 1970s, as he struggled with the consequences of fame, and he complained that he could no longer merely report on events as he was too easily recognised add something

 

Jean-Claude Killy - He became a spokesman for Schwinn bicycles, United Airlines, and Chevrolet automobiles; the latter, a role detailed by journalist Hunter S. Thompson in his 1970 article "The Temptations of Jean-Claude Killy" for "Scanlan's Monthly"

 

Rolling Stone - In the 1970s, "Rolling Stone" began to make a mark for its political coverage, with the likes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writing for the magazine's political section


1971

The result of the trip to Las Vegas became the 1971 book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" which first appeared in the November 1971 issues of "Rolling Stone" as a two-part series add something

 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - The novel "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is based on two trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, that Hunter S. Thompson took with attorney and Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta in March and April 1971

 

Ruben Salazar - The story of Salazar's killing gained nationwide notoriety with the publication on April 29, 1971 of "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan," an article by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson for "Rolling Stone" magazine


1972

The planned book was never finished, but the theme of the death of the American dream would be carried over into his later work, and the contract with Random House was eventually fulfilled with the 1972 book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" add something

 

Ibogaine - While in Wisconsin covering the primary election for the United States presidential election of 1972, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson submitted a satirical article to his editor at "Rolling Stone" accusing presidential nominee Edmund Muskie of being addicted to ibogaine


1974

Thompson, in a 1974 Interview in "Playboy" addressed the issue himself, saying "Unlike Tom Wolfe or Gay Talese, I almost never try to reconstruct a story add something


1976

Thompson was to provide "Rolling Stone" similar coverage for the 1976 Presidential Campaign that would appear in a book published by the magazine add something


1977

Peter Bourne - The event was a NORML Christmas party in 1977 with Hunter S. Thompson and David Kennedy


1978

Thompson himself admitted during a 1978 BBC interview that he sometimes felt pressured to live up to the fictional self that he had created, adding "I'm never sure which one people expect me to be add something


1979

Beginning with "The Great Shark Hunt" in 1979 and ending with "Better Than Sex" in 1994, the series is largely a collection of rare newspaper and magazine pieces from the pre-gonzo period, along with almost all of his "Rolling Stone" short pieces, excerpts from the "Fear and Loathing add something


1980

Hunter and Sandy divorced in 1980 but remained close friends until Thompson's death add something

 

Perhaps in response to this, as well as the strained relationship with "Rolling Stone," and the failure of his marriage, Thompson became more reclusive after 1980 add something

 

The film "Where the Buffalo Roam" depicts heavily fictionalized attempts by Thompson to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 U.S. presidential election add something

 

The year 1980 marked both his divorce from Sandra Conklin and the release of "Where the Buffalo Roam", a loose film adaptation of situations from Thompson's early 1970s work, with Bill Murray starring as the author add something

 

Neil Young - After providing the incidental music to a 1980 biopic of Hunter S. Thompson entitled "Where the Buffalo Roam", Young released "Hawks & Doves", a short record pieced together from sessions going back to 1974

 

Bill Murray - He followed this up with his portrayal of famed writer Hunter S. Thompson in 1980's "Where the Buffalo Roam"


1981

Extensively illustrated by Ralph Steadman, the piece first appeared in "Running" magazine in 1981 as "The Charge of the Weird Brigade" and was excerpted in "Playboy" in 1983 add something

 

On July 21, 1981, in Aspen, Colorado, Thompson was pulled over for running a stop sign at 2 a add something


1983

In 1983, he covered the U.S. invasion of Grenada but would not discuss these experiences until the publication of "Kingdom of Fear" 20 years later add something

 

Warren Zevon - The lyrics from another track, "The Hula Hula Boys", were excerpted in Hunter S. Thompson's 1983 book, "The Curse of Lono


1985

As part of his research, in the spring of 1985 he spent evenings at the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater striptease club in San Francisco and his experience there eventually evolved into a full-length novel tentatively titled "The Night Manager add something


1990

By the early 1990s, Thompson was said to be working on a novel called "Polo Is My Life", which was briefly excerpted in "Rolling Stone" in 1994, and which Thompson himself described in 1996 as " add something

 

In 1990, former porn director Gail Palmer visited Thompson's home in Woody Creek add something

 

Dave Price (publisher) - In 1990, Price covered the arrest of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson on sex assault charges


1992

"Fear and Loathing in Elko", published in 1992, was a well-received fictional rallying cry against Clarence Thomas, while "Mr. Bill's Neighborhood" was a largely non-fictional account of an interview with Bill Clinton in an Arkansas diner add something


1993

Bill Cardoso - He fondly shared his memories of Hunter S. Thompson with E. Jean Carroll for her 1993 biography, "Hunter"


1996

Thompson was named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky in a December 1996 tribute ceremony where he received keys to the city of Louisville, Kentucky add something

 

Alex Cox - In 1996, producer Stephen Nemeth hired Alex Cox to write and direct an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"


1997

Part of his work with The Fourth Amendment Foundation centered around support of Lisl Auman, a Colorado woman who was sentenced for life in 1997 under felony murder charges for the death of police officer Bruce VanderJagt, despite contradictory statements and dubious evidence add something

 

The first volume, "The Proud Highway" was published in 1997, and contains letters from 1955 to 1967 add something


1998

It was first serialised in "Rolling Stone", a magazine with which Thompson would be long associated, and was released as a film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam in 1998 add something

 

Thompson's work was popularized again with the 1998 release of the film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", which opened to considerable fanfare add something

 

"The Rum Diary", which fictionalized Thompson's experiences in Puerto Rico, was eventually published in 1998, long after Thompson had become famous add something

 

Benicio del Toro - For "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", the 1998 film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's famous book, he gained more than 40 lbs


2000

The column ran from 2000 until his death in 2005 add something

 

"Fear and Loathing in America" was published in 2000 and contains letters dating from 1968 to 1976 add something

 

In July 2000, he shot his assistant Deborah Fuller and told reporters she'd been wounded because he had "mistaken her for a bear" add something


2003

It is included as a special feature on the second disc of the 2003 Criterion Collection DVD release of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," labeled on the DVD as "Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood" add something

 

Released in 2003, it was perceived by critics to be an angry, vitriolic commentary on the passing of the American Century and the state of affairs after the September 2001 attacks add something

 

Hunter married his longtime assistant, Anita Bejmuk, on April 23, 2003 add something


2004

Thompson organized rallies, provided legal support, and co-wrote an article in the June 2004 issue of "Vanity Fair" outlining the case add something


Hunter S. Thompson died in 2005 add something

 

The Colorado Supreme Court eventually overturned Auman's sentence in March 2005, shortly after Thompson's death, and Auman is now free add something


2006

Johnny Depp - In 2006, Depp contributed a foreword to Gonzo: Photographs by Hunter S. Thompson, a posthumous biography published by ammobooks.


2008

The film premiered on January 20, 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival add something

 

Johnny Depp - In 2008, he narrated the documentary film Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.


2009

James Cartee began playing the role soon after Addis's arrest in 2009 and after again Addis's death in 2012 add something

 

Ace Backwords - In 2009, Backwords published his next book, "Acid Heroes", about 1960s icons John Lennon, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Hunter S. Thompson, R.Crumb, and Jerry Garcia


2011

Elvis Mitchell - The series launched on October 13, 2011 with the world premiere of "The Rum Diary", an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel, by director Bruce Robinson, starring Johnny Depp


2014

They play was revived for the Vault Fringe Festival in 2014 add something


2015

As of July 2015, it has yet to be sold to the public add something


2016

As of August 2016, it has yet to be sold to the public add something


2018

As of January 2018, it has yet to be sold to the public add something


2019

As of March 2019, it has yet to be sold to the public add something