Bat Country

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The lovable, loathable, Hunter S. Thompson. A man of true wit, outrageousness, and individualism. With his powerful psychedelic mind, he stretched out over the skies of journalism and cast his dark, yet zany gloom of what he liked to refer to as "Gonzo Journalism" (the act of reporting a series of events through the eyes of the reporter), which has become quite popular. He established himself as not only one of the best writers in 20th Century history, but as a caricature, much like Andy Warhol or Elvis Presley, for his cult followers to relate to, gawk at, and laugh about. The only thing that could possibly be more interesting then the man himself, is perhaps the life he led. Ups, downs, lefts, rights; his life was Wonka's glass elevator in a never ending chocolate factory. But how did he get to where he was? How did a mere mortal do, and SURVIVE the things he did? Let's rewind. Hunter was born into a working-class family in Kentucky. Friends with none other than the richest kids at school, he was the poorest of all of them. His father passed away due to a neuromuscular disease at the age of 14. The legal problems started in high school. He was first arrested for being in the same car with a robber, sentenced to 60 days in jail. Upon his release, he had one last hoorah; shooting holes in every boat in the local harbor. Seeing that he was not going to graduate high school, become the successful writer he dreamed of, or amount to anything, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Of course, Thompson being as rebellious as he was, his time in the Air Force took a different turn. After being stationed in Florida, he began writing for a sports newspaper under a fake name. Not only did he break Air Force policy, his attitude and individuali... ... middle of paper ... ...ohnny Depp, which is how Depp got the role to play Raoul Duke in the 1990's film rendition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). He committed suicide in 2005, leaving us all very empty, yet alive with his memory. He is not the classic "rags to riches" story, but that is why his fans adore him; He broke boundaries for the weird and insane, the hippies, the freaks, the geeks. He worked to the bone, yet never changed who he was in the process. A brilliant story lead by a brilliant man. And the next time that you feel like you can't do whatever endeavor you have been working towards, remember: "We can't stop here! This is bat country!" Works Cited Gibney, Alex "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" Documentary (2008) Carroll, E. Jean "The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson" Online PDF Book Probably some Wikipedia as well. Guilty as charged.

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