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spungo
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Icon 1 posted February 21, 2005 03:12      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Farewell, you fiend.

"There he goes, one of God's own prototypes. Never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." [Frown]

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted February 21, 2005 03:34      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That it is, That it is. I got involed reading Hunter from reading Ken Kesey (sic) They both knew how to go to the very edge and grin. I think that they tried to walk the razor edge between sanity and insane.

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Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.


Benjamin Franklin,

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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted February 21, 2005 07:00      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I can't honestly say I'm going to miss him. I've read some of his stuff, and seen Fear & Loathing, but none of them really hit me like it did other people.

Perhaps I should give them another try.

My girlfriend thinks this is a huge deal, she thinks he was great.... *shrug*

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Demosthenes
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Icon 1 posted February 21, 2005 13:58      Profile for Demosthenes     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
HST was my personal hero...find me a better example on debauchery on legs.

God is dead. [weep]

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Callipygous
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Icon 9 posted February 21, 2005 14:54      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Gone to the Great Samoan Attorney in the Skies.....

Perhaps as Newfie's remark shows, his writing like most journalism is too rooted in its own time, but as one of the Ancient Ones here at GC I can actually remember when Rolling Stone was a cutting edge radical magazine, rather than the smug self important music biz establishment rag it is today, and the excitement of reading "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" in it, published in two parts (under a pseudonym if I remember aright). After reading the first half I just counted the days for the next two weeks until I could grab the last half. One of the funniest and most gripping reads I have ever experienced. His coverage of the presidential campaign for Nixon's second term, later published as "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" was marvellous too.

Yes a very sad day, but what a brilliant firework he was.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted February 21, 2005 16:34      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
DNM___I believe that Hunters appeal to me was that I had just returned from deaths door, and this man could artulate the inner rage I was feeling, many times I felt that he was a great wordsmith I wish that I had half the talent at writing he had at his disposal.

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Benjamin Franklin,

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sosumi
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Icon 1 posted February 22, 2005 09:05      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I went to see Hunter Thompson speak once at uni (late '70s). He ended up being almost three hours late and the befuddled student organizers kept coming on stage to give progress reports which went something like "Ummm, we just got a call from the driver and they're at the *insert watering hole name here* and should be on their way soon."

This didn't go over well with about half the hall and I remember being amused at the irritated conversations heard around me as people trickled out. Perhaps they might have only read or heard of F&L in Las Vegas and didn't really know anything about him, otherwise how could this surprise/annoy them?

When he did take the stage with a Heineken in one hand, the infamous kit bag in the other (shortly found to be containing at least one bottle of Jack Daniels and a shot glass) and the trademark cigarette holder dangling from his mouth he treated us to a wonderful three hours of his exploits, political and social observations and some downright silliness (offering five dollars to whoever could duplicate the catch-the-sunglasses-falling-off-the-back-of-your-head-with-one-hand-behind-your-back trick).

He was one of the best.

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splitpeasoup
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Icon 1 posted February 22, 2005 09:49      Profile for splitpeasoup         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
[cry baby]

Bye Hunter... see you soon.

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Aditu
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Icon 1 posted February 22, 2005 12:57      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I must admit that his stuff was often lost on me. As a librarian I admit that he is very popular and as a result his stuff is often lost period. Maybe the patrons just go on benders and don't remember where they left the book.
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Icon 1 posted February 22, 2005 16:15      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm so sad, I think I'm gonna have a shot and a beer, wrestle me a Grizzly bear and kiss me a pretty girl.

Nah! The hell with it... too much work. I dunno, maybe the shot and the beer. Or the shot and the bear. Or the beer and the bear. Or the bear and the pretty girl. <*pop* light goes on> Maybe the bear pretty girl?

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I don't know what I was thinking... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Cap'n Vic

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Icon 1 posted February 22, 2005 16:19      Profile for Cap'n Vic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by garlicguy:
I'm so sad, I think I'm gonna have a shot and a beer, wrestle me a Grizzly bear and kiss me a pretty girl.

Nah! The hell with it... too much work. I dunno, maybe the shot and the beer. Or the shot and the bear. Or the beer and the bear. Or the bear and the pretty girl. <*pop* light goes on> Maybe the bear pretty girl?

.....and I'm the one smoking something?

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Icon 3 posted February 22, 2005 16:23      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Welcome to Fear and Loathing in Geek Culturedom....

Or not, or perhaps it is all in your heads????

Beware the Mugwamps (oh, sorry - wrong author... [Smile] )


[Big Grin]

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garlicguy

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Icon 1 posted February 22, 2005 16:24      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey! No distractions just now. I'm trying to connect the dots here. An ancient memory seems to be trying to emerge from the distant past...

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I don't know what I was thinking... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Demosthenes
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quote:
Originally posted by Serenak:
Beware the Mugwamps

Mugwumps? Surely you mean bats...
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sosumi
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Icon 1 posted February 24, 2005 11:46      Profile for sosumi   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hunter's send off

fitting.

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