Last Updated: 06 Oct, 2023 | Views: 372
Other Profession(s): Author
Famous For: Founder of gonzo journalism
Higher Education: University of Kentucky
Kentucky, 1937, that’s the place and year where Hunter S. Thompson was born. If you don’t know who he is, he’s a very popular American journalist and author. He had a unique way of writing that made him stand out from the rest. When it came to school work he was an excellent student but he did have a rebellious nature in him. And it showed when he got expelled for stealing a clock tower bell to pull off a prank.
Hunter S. Thompson Career:
At Lackland Air Force Base, Thompson finished his basic training. He shifted to Eglin Air Force Base in 1956.
Thompson’s career jumpstarted in the Air Force before he became a journalist.
In 1959: For the Middletown Daily Record, Thompson worked as a reporter.
In 1961, Thompson started penning articles for the weekly publication The National Observer.
In 1966: When Thompson wrote a piece about the Hells Angels motorcycle club for The Nation magazine, he attracted widespread attention.
In 1967: Based on his interactions with the group, he later penned "Hell's Angels".
In 1967: Thompson authored "The 'Hashbury' is the Capital of the Hippies.
In 1968: Thompson endorsed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" oath.
In 1973: Thompson received a contract to publish a book, which later became Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.
Hunter S. Thompson Awards and Accomplishment:
Thompson has been praised by author Tom Wolfe as the finest American comic book creator of the 20th century.
That wasn’t even the peak of his success. He ended up on the Rolling Stone cover, and that was their 1,000th issue.
Hunter S. Thompson Personal Life:
Thompson had one son from his three previous marriages. All of his life, he battled alcohol and drug addiction.
In his house in Woody Creek, Colorado on February 20, 2005 Thompson ended his life with a self-inflicted gun wound. Only 67 years old.