Thompson is another American casualty in the war against hypocrisy and political
corruption. Thompson was fearless....Thompson was a revolutionary...Thompson was
a man's man......Thompson was an oracle who continually pushed the envelope into
the faces of the straights, into the face of conformity, into the faces of lame
journalists. Thompson was American's shaman. He carried his shadow side with him
like a badge of courage, while most of us suppress or sanitize it. If all the
world is a stage and I believe it is, then each of us has a part to play for better
or worse. Like a consumate performance artist he stepped up to the plate ranting
and airing the dirty laundry of the power elite.
I met and worked with
many journalists when I worked on the Carter Campaign in l976 as an advance person.
I was on the bus for four months and had the time of my life. Most of the press
people, like Sam Donaldson were amazingly arrogant uptight cynical mainstream
assholes. Donaldson, who worked for ABC and wore a toupee, always gave me a hard
time. He complained about the size of his hotel room. It wasn't big enough. He
complained he was bored when Carter gave the same campaign speech at three or
four rallies in one day. As if we were there to entertain him. He sneered at all
of us and told me, 'you're candidate will never win'. There were a few cool people,
like Ed Bradley, with whom I had a brief affair. We talked about Hunter's book
'Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail' and how he got it right. There was
lots of sex, drugs and alcohol and when were were in New York we hung out with
John Belushi. Working on a presidential campaign produces the most amazing adrenal
rush especially when the candidate starts off as the underdog and then begins
catching up. President Jimmy Carter credits Hunter Thompson in winning the election
when Thompson covered Carter's Law day speech in Rolling Stone magazine.
Some may say it is a tragedy or a waste when someone takes their own life.
On the other hand it may be seen as an act of courage. Thompson fully accomplished
what he needed to do in this life time and we are the benefactors. What more can
we ask of him.
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