Monday, February 21, 2005

GOODBYE, GONZO




The man who taught us that drugs and irresponsible handling of firearms are cool and that presidential candiates are all on drugs, Hunter Thompson, is dead at 67.

As a young politico and reader of Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail 1972 (it's the book that I won over my wife with, go figure) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I cold never stop thinking back to Hunter's observation of the "high water mark" attained by the progressive movement, sometime just before Nixon's decisive rout of McGovern--especially in this era of W (g-d I thought we had hit neap tide on November 1, 2004). After all that man had lived through and subjected himself to, I can only think that the age of Bush was too much for him to stand. He was always ahead of the curve.

Here is his last column: Shotgun Golf With Bill Murray.

UPDATE**: Now the NYT is reporting HST was 65 at the time of his death. Denver Post is also reporting HST as 67.

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