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Hunter S. Thompson

Journalist and Author
Born Jul 18, 1937

Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American author and journalist. Born in Louisville, Kentucky to a middle class family, Thompson went off the rails in his teens after the death of his father left the family in poverty. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was incarcerated for 60 days after abetting a robbery. He subsequently joined the United States Air Force before moving into journalism.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born on July 18, 1937.
1943 5 Years Old On December 2, 1943, when Thompson was six years old, the family settled at 2437 Ransdell Avenue, in the affluent Cherokee Triangle neighborhood of The Highlands.


On July 3, 1952, when Thompson was 14 years old, his father, aged 58, died of myasthenia gravis. … Read More
1955 17 Years Old As an Athenaeum member, Thompson contributed articles to and helped produce the club's yearbook The Spectator. The group ejected Thompson in 1955, citing his legal problems. … Read More
1956 18 Years Old In 1956, he transferred to Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, Florida. … Read More
1957 19 Years Old In early 1957, he wrote a sports column for The Playground News, a local newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. … Read More


1958 - 1963 4 More Events
1964 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964, the family relocated to Glen Ellen, California, where Thompson continued to write for the National Observer on an array of domestic subjects.
1965 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Thompson severed his ties with the Observer after his editor refused to print his review of Tom Wolfe's 1965 essay collection The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, and moved to San Francisco. … Read More
1967 29 Years Old By late 1967, Thompson and his family moved back to Colorado and rented a house in Woody Creek, a small mountain hamlet outside Aspen. … Read More


In early 1968, Thompson signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. … Read More
In 1970, Thompson ran for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado, as part of a group of citizens running for local offices on the "Freak Power" ticket. … Read More
1971 33 Years Old Beginning in late 1971 Thompson wrote extensively for Rolling Stone on election campaigns of President Richard Nixon and his unsuccessful opponent, Senator George McGovern. … Read More
1972 34 Years Old The film Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) depicts heavily fictionalized attempts by Thompson to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 U.S. presidential election. … Read More
1974 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Following Nixon's pardon by Gerald Ford in 1974, Hunter ruminated on the approximately $400,000 pension Nixon maneuvered his way into, by resigning before being formally indicted. … Read More
1976 38 Years Old Thompson was to provide Rolling Stone with coverage for the 1976 presidential campaign that would appear in a book published by the magazine. … Read More


1980 42 Years Old 1 More Event
The year 1980 marked both his divorce from Sandra Conklin and the release of Where the Buffalo Roam, a loose film adaptation of situations from Thompson's early 1970s work, with Bill Murray starring as the author. … Read More
1981 43 Years Old On July 21, 1981, in Aspen, Colorado, Thompson was pulled over at 2am for running a stop sign, and began to "rave" at a state trooper. … Read More
1983 45 Years Old In 1983, he covered the U.S. invasion of Grenada but would not discuss these experiences until the publication of Kingdom of Fear 20 years later. … Read More
1985 47 Years Old As part of his research, in the spring of 1985 he spent evenings at the Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater striptease club in San Francisco and his experience there eventually evolved into a full-length novel tentatively titled The Night Manager. … Read More


1990 52 Years Old In 1990, former porn director Gail Palmer visited Thompson's home in Woody Creek. … Read More
1992 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Thompson continued to contribute irregularly to Rolling Stone. "Fear and Loathing in Elko", published in 1992, was a well-received fictional rallying cry against Clarence Thomas, while "Mr. Bill's Neighborhood" was a largely non-fictional account of an interview with Bill Clinton at a Little Rock, Arkansas steakhouse.
1996 58 Years Old Thompson was named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky in a December 1996 tribute ceremony where he also received keys to the city of Louisville. … Read More


1998 60 Years Old Thompson's work was popularized again with the 1998 release of the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which opened to considerable fanfare. … Read More
In July 2000, Thompson accidentally shot his assistant, Deborah Fuller, while attempting to scare a bear away from her lodging on The Owl Farm. … Read More
2003 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Thompson married Anita Bejmuk, on April 23, 2003.
2004 67 Years Old 1 More Event
A decade later, he contributed "Fear and Loathing, Campaign 2004"—an account of a road jaunt with John Kerry during his presidential campaign that would be Thompson's final magazine feature.
On August 20, 2005, in a private funeral, Thompson's ashes were fired from a cannon. … Read More
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