Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Hunter Thompson...father of Gonzo journalism...was seen off the mortal coil with a bang.
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Thompson, who was found dead Feb. 20, 2005, of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast, had requested that he be cremated, and that his ashes be shot from a cannon...
From Thompson's "Wiki"...
=========================On August 20, 2005, Thompson's ashes were fired from a 150-foot cannon in the shape of a double-thumbed fist, as he wished, to the tune of Bob Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man. The ashes were fired in a private ceremony and the cannon will remain as a memorial. There is talk of a public party sometime in the summer of 2006. Johnny Depp, who portrayed Thompson in the movie adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, announced he financed the funeral, according to Anita Thompson. Depp told the Associated Press, "all I'm doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true. I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out." 
Depp also reportedly owns the gun and ammunition used in Thompson's suicide.
The plans for this monument were initially drawn by Thompson and Ralph Steadman, and were shown as part of an "Omnibus" program on British television (BBC), titled "Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision". It is included as a special feature on the second disc of the Criterion Collection DVD release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.So long Hunter...and check in every now and then. :)
[Photo via CoasttoCoastAM; Wiki via Wikipedia]
Between "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail" from my early teens, Bill Murray's unbelievable turn in "Where the Buffalo Roam", Depp's sincere and loving portrayal, and years of "Duke" in Doonesbury, I loved
the guy before I even knew what he really looked like.
And you could certainly do worse than have admirers like Trudeau, Depp, and Murray...and you and I. :)
Murray channels Thompson so well, it's no wonder they became good friends.
And Peter Boyle does Lazlo to perfection as well. I've been a huge Boyle fan since "Young Frankenstein".
"Buffalo" and "Fear and Loathing" make a great double feature for video night, and both stars were very much affected by the man.
By the way, the fellow on C2C tonight was a little extreme IMO. I mean, when you call on Richard Hoagland to calm down a CONSPIRACY theorist, you know there's some silliness afoot. LOL
Whatever he was rambling on about seemed always one or two steps over the line...of good taste, logic, common sense, etc., etc.
Zapruder "planned" to document the killing? He had help standing on the pillar because he didn't want the gunshots to startle him? Puhh-leeeeze.
This guy was one serious whack-job.
And he couldn't stop screaming. LOL
Oh, and we didn't go to the moon, but we still had to fake a bunch of photos, because we couldn't even get our fake moon shots right. Uh-huh...even Richard was uncommonly common-sensical in trashing that "theory".
At any rate, thanks for the comments! And definitely check out WHere the Buffalo Roam...a must-see for any Gonzo fan. :)