Hunter S. Thompson goes out with a bang...

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  1. hob macrumors 68020

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    What a guy, if you haven't read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, you should at least see the film!
     
  2. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    It's old news that he killed himself (back in February). This story is about how they're going to shoot his ashes out of a cannon, apparently real soon now (whenever six months after his death rolls around).
     
  3. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I think that it's great that his friends are following his wishes. That will be quite a send off. :D
     
  4. hob thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The news is that it's happened!
     
  5. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Exactly.

    Lawks ... some people can be tetchy! I knew he died back then and that this was his wish, but I still have an interest in the episode out of respect for him. If this forum was only for events of the nearest second we wouldn't have threads like the "Apple Releases Mighty Mouse" still poking around afer all this time.
     
  6. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

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    If you have/haven't read Fear and Loathing, you should definitely check out Hell's Angels. And there was also Bill Murray playing Thompson in Where the Buffalo Roam circa 1980.
     
  7. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Here here Savage Henry - I remember you and I discussing the man after his unfortunate end 6 months ago. He was a truly unique individual - an inspiration, a scourge, a rabble rouser, one of the last true Americans, the list could go on and on. He will be sorely missed by family, friends, readers and admirers around the world. Good night Dr. Thompson, I will raise the glass of Chivas high for you tonight.
     
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    I second (or third) this. With one caveat. If you're not hysterical with laughter on the first two pages of Fear and Loathing, there's no point in reading any more. The book is not for you.
     
  9. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Dangit, I was skimming through the thread and saw "Thomspon goes out with a bang" and was hoping it was JACK Thompson that went out.
     
  10. aricher macrumors 68020

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    For those who actually care here's a link to a great 1974 Playboy interview with Thompson.

    Nov. 1974 HST Playboy Interview

    "Nobody expected me to get much past 20. Least of all me. I just assume, "Well, I got through today, but tomorrow might be different." This is a very weird and twisted world; you can't afford to get careless; don't f@¢k around. You want to keep your affairs in order at all times."

    Thompson was only 36 at the time of the Playboy interview.
     
  11. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    :D good stuff. I hope when I die I can convince people to do something fun like that.
     
  12. chucknorris macrumors 6502a

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    Believe it or not, my brother attended the memorial service!

    His friend got a "golden ticket" for two from a bottle of Gonzo Imperial Porter (sold for $95 in a champagne bottle, only 1500 bottled), and he won the other position in a dice roll.

    It's very surreal.

    Google some of the above information, and see that I'm not lying.

    I'll post a link later this week for absolute proof.
     
  13. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Seeing as how you are from Idaho and the winner of the Golden Tickets was "Brian Harvey from Boise, Idaho," I believe you. Your brother is one lucky man. I would have (almost) killed to be in his shoes. Please either relay a report from him or have him post a full report here. I can't wait to hear about what happened. Thanks in advance.


    Aspen Daily Times Article
     
  14. chucknorris macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for believing, aricher. Brian's writing a story and my brother's taking pictures for our local alternative newspaper (the Boise Weekly), so I can just post a link to that when it's published (should be Wednesday).
     
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    I look forward to the article - your brother is one lucky man.
     
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    Cheers for the article links aricher, and nice change to the 'tar.
     
  17. aricher macrumors 68020

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    Thanks SH. Here's a link to a New York Times recap of the weekends events. You may have to get a (free) membership to view.

    Ashes-to-Fireworks Send-Off for an 'Outlaw' Writer
     
  18. neut macrumors 68000

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    yeah, a friend of mine is friends with the winners roomates (which just makes me a dork :p).

    a nice little blip on the map for Boise. :)


    peace | neut
     
  19. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Seems a bit macabre, celebrating a guy who offed himself. :confused:

    Then again, I never appreciated Thomson or his writing. <shrug>
     
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    Hey, does your brother work @ Zeppole?


    peace | neut
     
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    He does indeed. He's a baker at the Parkcenter location. Delicious bread.

    Geez, what a small world!
     
  22. neut macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, we have common friends, but i don't really know him. :)

    Zeppole has really good bread and great soup too! I've only been to the downtown one; their clientele tends to be as hot as the soup. ;)


    peace | neut
     
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    Agreed. Everything I ever read by him seemed like a rambling mess. I guess even junkies have to make a living.
     

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