Memories of Hunter S. Thompson

HUNTER S. THOMPSON (1937-2004)

I hold the belief that the mid 1960s and particularly 1968 was the pivotal era in the changing world of the post-World War II era.

Writer Hunter S. Thompson captured it best for me in the following passage from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run… but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant…

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning…

And that, I think, was the handle that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply PREVAIL. There was no point in fighting on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave…

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark — that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back.”

For a better idea of who Hunter S. Thompson was and to understand his unique life please find Rolling Stone: At 50 How Hunter S. Thompson Became a Legend on Google or other.

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