Happy Birthday Hunter S. Thompson
Today marks what would have been the late great Hunter S Thompson’s 80th birthday.
The father of ‘gonzo journalism’ is a genuine pop culture icon due to his provocative writing style, probably most famously known in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and his frankly, absolutely, f*}#*$g mental behaviour.
He didn’t just write it, he lived it.
So to celebrate the great man’s birthday here’s a list of 5 of his craziest moments:
He terrorised Jack Nicholson on his birthday.
In his book “Kingdom of Fear” Thompson describes how he turned up at Nicholson’s house one night with “a massive outdoor amplifier, a tape recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, a 1,000,000 watt spotlight and a 9-mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol with teakwood handles and a box of high-powered ammunition.”
He then proceeded to leave a frozen Elks heart on Jacks doorstep and played the tape through his jeep and the amplifier, and as the icing on the cake ,he fired off rounds from the gun just for good measure.
He invented “Shotgun Golf”
The nature of this ‘sport’ is pretty simple. One chap plays golf whilst the other attempts to shoot his golf ball to smithereens. This idea was apparently first conceived at daft o’clock one Tuesday morning with the legendary Bill Murray .
His daily routine was well structured
The Rumble in the Jungle
In 1974 Thompson was sent to Zaire by Rolling Stone magazine to cover the Ali foreman fight and instead of attending the event, he sold his tickets and disappeared into the jungle apparently hunting for Nazi war criminal Martin Bormann and to find pygmies. Whether or not he found either remains a mystery.
His ashes were fired out of a canon
After his death by suicide in 2005, as per his request , Thompson’s Ashes were fired from a cannon placed atop a 47 meter tower and was reported to have been in the region of 3 million dollars. The cost of this endeavor was covered by close friend Johnny Depp.
Hunter S Thompson, we the good people of pop nonsense salute you sir.
To quote the great man you truly were “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.”