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Posted Sunday, July 22, 2007, at 5:46 PM

Last week marked what would have been the 70th birthday of one of America's most interesting (for lack of a better word) journalists: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Thompson, both loved and hated by millions, is the famed author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, he worked as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine for many years and even wrote off the wall columns for ESPN in his later years.

He is credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism, a style of reporting in which the reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become the central figures of their stories. This was shown vividly in his drug-induced classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Another work that is a great example is the book "Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs". Thompson became friends with the gang and dug deep into the heart of the gang.

When searching for a decent end to the book, legend has it that he started a fight with one of the Hell's Angels and nearly got himself killed.

Thompson, with his bold style and eagerness to usher in a new day changed the face of not only journalism, but fiction writing with his style and prose.

Both a writer and recluse, he spent most of his years on his ranch in Colorado with his family publishing occasional letters on his feelings of the world today.

While I know many of you reading this will probably detest the man, I just felt that as a journalist, he deserves to be recognized.

Thompson summed up his own life best in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas through his character Raoul Duke:

"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die."


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Today is my first day on the Daily Statesman blog scene, and boy am I so absolutely pleased to have run across this piece. Dr. H.S. Thompson is one of my most influential people as I enter into a risky part of my life. I have decided to be a writer in whatever way I possibly can and his straightfowardness, madness, and flowing prose style are some major reasons for this endeavor.

"The Rum Diary" is his first novel. I have read it a few times, and love it. Needless to say, when I heard that this novel was to be made into a motion picture starring none other than Colonel Johnny Depp and directed by that ever faithful attorney Benicio del Toro, I was eccstatic.

An alcoholic, a user, a mad man, a genuinly concerned man, and most of all, a genius with words.

-- Posted by aroundtheblock on Fri, Aug 17, 2007, at 4:10 PM

AACK!!! I'M DOUBLE-POSTING!!!!

I CAN'T STOP!!!

SOMEBODY STOP ME!!!

EEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Aug 14, 2007, at 5:00 PM

Not much action on the blogs right now, so I'm going back over the old ones!

Pretty desperate, huh??

Better check on your "Call me Cracker" blog! It's been resusitated!!

Resussitated? Ressussitated?

Oh, heck! It's been revived!! Revivved? Revvived?

Nothing looks right anymore!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Aug 14, 2007, at 4:58 PM

Not much action on the blogs right now, so I'm going back over the old ones!

Pretty desperate, huh??

Better check on your "Call me Cracker" blog! It's been resusitated!!

Resussitated? Ressussitated?

Oh, heck! It's been revived!! Revivved? Revvived?

Nothing looks right anymore!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Aug 14, 2007, at 4:57 PM

Bummer, Corey! I thought this blog would be about vampire bats!!!!

Now THERE'S an interesting topic!!

Hahahahaha!!!

Love these blogs, even when they don't FLY!!

Hey, I made a pun!!

Hahahahahaha!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Aug 14, 2007, at 4:53 PM

While I didn't expect this to be a hot topic at all, I had hoped at least someone would have something to say whether good or bad. It's funny how difficult it is to tell what will wind up sparking good conversation.

-- Posted by CoreyN on Wed, Jul 25, 2007, at 4:52 PM


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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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