We all know that Hunter
was a great writer, and that it will be his writing and ideas that will endure,
rather than his outrageous antics. He asked me several times in the years before
he died to look after his legacy as a writer, and I think that is best accomplished
by bringing more attention to Hunter as one of the great American writers and
political commentators, so that his writing and ideas will continue to influence
coming generations of writers, journalists, and political activists.
To that end, I have been
working with The Aspen Institute
to put together a one-day symposium on an aspect of Hunters work this July
21st. The goal of the Hunter S. Thompson Symposium is to bring attention,
through discussion, to the enduring qualities of Thompsons writing, both
in terms of content, theme, and style, to examine how these qualities might be
relevant to the present, and to explore how they can be developed and encouraged
in a new generation of writers.
inaugural symposium will be held in Aspen and will include such distinguished
participants as Senator George McGovern, Professor Douglas Brinkley, and
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists Carl Bernstein and Loren Jenkins,
along with past president of the NACDL (National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers) Gerry Goldstein, Michael Isikoff of Newsweek, author
John Nichols and Dr. Audrey Sprenger (Jack Kerouac Wrote
Here), in addition to other writers and journalists, for a total
of approximately 10-15 participants. The organizing theme of this years
symposium will be Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 72, which
is particularly relevant as the 2008 Presidential election cycle begins.
The day will be divided
into two parts: a daytime moderated discussion among the participants which will
be limited to small number of observers depending on the room size, but no more
than 70, and an evening panel moderated by Walter Isaacson, President of the
Aspen Institute, and Professor Douglas Brinkley at Aspen Meadows
Campus, 8:00 pm. Tickets are available at the Aspen Music Festival Box
Office: (970) 925-9042.
will be available through The
Aspen Institute. . Tickets for the afternoon session will be $75, and
$25 for the evening panel. All the proceeds go towards paying the symposium expenses.
If there are excess funds, they will be used for next years symposium.
Finally, please consider
making a gift of $50 or more to help defray expenses. The Aspen Institute
is an educational non-profit institution and all gifts are fully tax-deductible.
Checks can be made out to:
David Monsma, Executive Director
DuPont Circle, NW - Suite 700
Acct number 1-20-6205.07 HST Symposium
very much hope to see you on July 21st. Please feel free to pass on this email
to others who you think would be interested, or whose email I do not have.
Whitehead's suggestions for Hunter S. Thompson's hometown Louisville, Kentucky
to pay Tribute to Hunter
Courier-Journal (Kentucky's main daily newspaper) devote entire Saturday SCENE
(arts/culture section) to Hunter's life and work.
LEO and Velocity (Louisville's weekly alternative newspapers) devote entire issues
to Hunter's life and work.
WFPK 91.9fm (all music) and WFPL 89.5fm (all news) (Louisville's Public Radio
Partnership, NPR affiliate) devote one week of programming to Hunter's life and
Avenue Theatres (Louisville's art film theatres) start Annual Hunter S. Thompson
Place historic marker in front of Thompson Family home on Ransdell Avenue in Louisville's
Highlands neighborhood. Purchase the home and turn it into Hunter Museum similar
to what Kentucky did for Bill Monroe's Rosine, Ohio County, Kentucky home.
Place giant Hunter photo banner on downtown highrise, visible from Interstate
64, near new Muhammad Ali museum, same as Muhammad Ali & Pee Wee Reese banners.
Rename The Louisville Free Public Library (the main library at 4th & York
downtown) The Hunter and Virginia Thompson Free Public Library. Hunter's Mom Virginia
retired, as librarian, from same library. Have a Hunter S. Thompson Room for students
Rename Louisville's Cherokee Road Hunter S. Thompson Road.
Move the Daniel Boone statue (Daniel with rifle), at entrance to Cherokee Park,
to Boone County. Replace it with statue of Hunter with typewriter, gun, and other
necessary Hunter items.
Rename Cherokee Park Hunter S. Thompson Park.
University of Louisville start Annual Hunter S. Thompson International Literature
Symposium. University of Louisville Rare Books and Archives purchase, catalogue,
and exhibit Hunter's entire archives.
City of Louisville designate July 18th Annual Official Hunter S. Thompson Day,
Public Holiday, No School, No Work, Concert on The Great Lawn at Ohio River Waterfront,
downtown. Musicians/Bands perform their own but especially some of Hunter's favorite