There are some gas stories about Hunter S. Thompson out there and while this hardly stands up against his wildest antics, it certainly is a good tidbit for any fans of the writer.
Thomspon visited the home of Ernest Hemingway in Ketchum, Idaho back in 1964, three years after Hemingway had taken his own life in the house. The 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' writer was visiting the house as part of research for an essay titled, 'What lured Hemingway to Ketchum?' The piece explored “just what it was about this outback little Idaho village that struck such a responsive chord in America’s most famous writer”.
During the visit however, Thompson got, as his widow Anita puts it, “caught up in the moment” and stole a set of antlers that hung on the wall.
Thompson and Anita had planned to take a road trip and quietly return the antlers but never got around to it before the writer took his own life in 2005. Anita returned the antlers herself to the home, which
Hunter S. Thompson's widow, Anita (second to left), returned a pair of stolen elk antlers to the home of Ernest Hemingway in Ketchum, Idaho last week. The late writer stole the antlers from Hemingway’s home while on assignment for the National Observer in 1964. The antlers have hung at the Thompson's Owl Farm home in Woody Creek for the last 52 years. “Hunter later regretted this,” Anita wrote in an e-mail Sunday. “Hunter and I planned to take a road trip back to Ketchum and quietly return them. But we never did.” • #aspen #aspentimes #pitkincounty #colorado #local #news #hunterthompson #owlfarm #woodycreek #gonzo #journalism #ernesthemingway #literature #ketchum #idaho @natobserver
The man who'd go on to invent Gonzo Journalism hung the antlers in his own garage had "so much respect for Hemingway" and was "actually very embarrassed" by his actions.
The antlers are now in the possession of Hemingway's grandson, Sean who plans to showcase them in a museum that he curates in New York.
Via The Guardian