Good-bye, Hunter. Thanks.February 22 2005 at 3:57 PM
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I want to give a sincere thanks to Hunter S. Thompson. I’m surprised how his passing has affected me. Thompson entertained, educated and pounced his way through life.
I was a college freshman in 1991 when an English professor assigned me a paper on the literary critiques of Hunter S. Thompson. I was to scan twenty years of write-ups, analayzation and debate on Thompson’s writings. I had, at the time, never heard of “gonzo” journalism. I only knew Gonzo from the Muppets.
The paper did teach me about the “new” journalism. I also learned this Thompson guy was controversial, loved and hated by the literary critics. It was not until I read his work that I understood. His stories have a Twain or Faulkner tone. Instead of using Huck or the Snopes, Thompson relied on Lazlo, Nixon and a helping of narcotics chased with Wild Turkey. The moral of the story? Thompson just wanted to be free and do what he wanted. He wanted the same for us.
Thanks for sending this Generation Xer to the elections of ’72. You showed me how ruthless politics really is behind the makeup, lighting and cameras. I truly laughed aloud at the Ibogaine accusations! Thanks for sending me to a wilder time when Harley Davidson’s were ridden by true hellions, not doctors, dentists and lawyers; also, a big thanks for showing me a Vegas long gone, imploded and replaced by a twisted Disney Land.
Thanks for sticking to your guns, thumbing your nose at the thought police who hide behind political correctness and laws created to make our society “well managed” at the hands of minority rule. You saw it coming, Hunter.
Thanks for giving us stories that will scalp generations to come.
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