Hunter S. Thompson Joining Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame
Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson will be joining the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame this year.(We double-checked. It's not an April Fool's joke.)Thompson was born in Louisville and grew up in the city. Although he's often associated with Colorado, where he made his home for years (and from where his ashes were blasted skyward), Thompson has been a celebrated figure in Louisville among journalists and non-journalists who enjoy Thompson's particular brand of things like this (wear headphones with this link if you're at work or near children).What would Thompson say about the honor? It's impossible to know, but he did once say his kind of journalism "has never been universally popular." And he was never shy about criticizing his profession in any terms necessary. He also had some clear thoughts on his approach.
- Elizabeth Hansen, Eastern Kentucky University
- Dave McBride, Ohio County Times News
- Lee Mueller, Lexington Herald-Leader
- Mike Philipps, Kentucky Post/Cincinnati Post
- Wes Strader, Western Kentucky University
In honor of the event, check out some of Thompson's Hall of Fame-worthy work, like this early piece on Louisville and race.And, because it is HST, let's watch this video of him shooting guns with Conan O'Brien: