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Anita Thompson
Anita Thompson, best selling author of the The Gonzo Way, and wife to the late Hunter S. Thompson began working as his research assistant before they were married. Today, she is the founder of the Gonzo Foundation and has published a second book, Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: the Selected Interviews of Hunter S. Thompson. She continues to work in Hunter’s stead and live on Owl Farm in Woody Creek outside of Aspen, Colorado. She graduated from Columbia University in American Studies with special interest in American History.

Entries by Anita Thompson

Flood Safety: From Governor Hickenlooper and FEMA

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2013 | 3:04 AM

It is the worst since the Big Thompson Flood of 1976. Raging late-summer storms overwhelmed the Rocky Mountain canyons, which gushed water into urban areas from Fort Collins through Boulder, Lyons, Estes Park, Denver and Colorado Springs to the South. Five people were killed by the deluge and...

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Reimagining the Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:24 PM

A few days before the 4th, at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival in a discussion about learning, Walter Isaacson, who is helping build curriculum for K-12, mentioned that although we've been teaching the declaration of Independence for 200 years, it is surprising to see how many children don't understand that...

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Artists Supporting Artists in Aspen

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Aspen Colo: In the 8,000 foot altitude of Aspen Colorado, while the famous Food And Wine Festival took over the town, the local residents continue on with daily life of outdoors, and always the arts. Not everybody in Aspen has a private jet and house staff, but what most full-time...

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Is Doug Brinkley Right About John Kerry? Yes!

(4) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 10:59 AM

Doug Brinkley is right. John Kerry should be confirmed, ASAP, to the Secretary of State -- a position he was born for. In the latest article, Brinkley, being the meticulous chronicler that a Ph.D in U.S. Diplomatic History that he is, gives the most cohesive argument to...

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TEDx Comes to Aspen

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Last week a few dozen of us Aspen Folk, TEDsters, and other TED addicts were invited by curator Kevin Ward to watch the first ever Aspen TEDx simulcast (from Long Beach). What a treat for seasoned TED addicts and also the TED newbies.

The marathon...

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'Peoples' Reggae at the Aspen Jazz Fest

(23) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 3:35 PM

ASPEN - A sellout crowd on Sunday at Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day weekend festival saw sunny weather and vibrant live music that had 11,000 people on their feet dancing and celebrating the holiday.

One band, Leon and the Peoples, was a welcome surprise...

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CO Supreme Court Rules for Defendant's Right to Privacy of iPhone

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 10:09 PM

The Supreme Court sided Monday with a man whose iPhone was snooped through by an Aspen police officer that lead to search warrants based on the evidence retrieved during that illegal search.

Although the high court refused to address the Fourth Amendment directly, it was a victory...

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Kids Planting Trees in Colorado

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 5:10 AM

A city in the Rocky Mountains that is not new to environmental debates, such as the Aspen Institute ongoing discussions with top thinkers in the field, AREday, and other important events, had a welcome group of people come into the picture Wednesday: KIDS!

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BP's Hayward Replaced by Dudley -- Given New Job in Russia

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 3:23 AM

Interesting to be up at midnight to see CNN International journalists reading the Press Release that Tony Hayward will be axed from BP, well, sort of-- along with golden parachute and "his life back." Yep, He'll be in charge of operations in Russia.

from CNNmoney:


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Shame on Rolling Stone and Its Hired Thugs-- Salute to Lara Logan

(167) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 8:36 PM

The Lady, Matt Taibbi, doth protest too much, methinks. Why would he freak out so dramatically at CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan in a post titled, "Lara Logan, You Suck." Taking off his velvet gloves to sock her for talking about ethics in journalism?...

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BB King, John Oates go Belly Up in Aspen

(5) Comments | Posted December 27, 2009 | 3:22 PM

ASPEN - Woody Creek rancher and musician John Oates rocked the house Saturday night to a packed dance floor with hits from his Hall and Oats days, to his latest "1000 Miles of Life," rock and funk album in the vein of Dylan's Modern Times -...

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Johnny Depp: There's More To The Story, Gonzo

(27) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 1:53 PM

ASPEN -- The recent "Sexiest Man Alive" issue of People magazine at a local market counter features a sweet photo of Johnny Depp wearing a Gonzo pendant. You've probably seen Johnny wearing the Gonzo symbol for several years now -- on his t-shirts, Oscar night bow tie and countless fan photos....

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Love in The Time of Sarah Palin: The GOP's Most Successful Train Wreck

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 9:39 PM

One year ago, Sarah Palin burst onto the National Political stage like a locomotive until she became the Campaign's most successful train-wreck. Her new memoir Going Rogue has dominated the media this week with an implied threat that she might come back for seconds in 2012.

Our own...

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Ponzi vs Madoff: Stealing from the Rich

(3) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 1:58 PM

NEW YORK: Being a mid-thirties school girl has its advantages -- like being forced to ponder things that are normally off my radar. In my American Studies class today, guest lecturer Steve Fraser, author of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace was invited to give us a crash course in...

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What Would Jesus Do? Ask Thomas Jefferson

(25) Comments | Posted December 25, 2008 | 12:43 PM

WOODY CREEK, Colo - This early Christmas morning in the Rocky Mountains, a herd of elk was making its way through the field of snow, back up to the high country. If you've ever heard the mewing of elk, especially if they happen to be in your yard, it is...

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Stating the Obvious: Don't Be Caught Dead At Wal-Mart

(29) Comments | Posted November 30, 2008 | 1:58 PM

MANHATTAN - Landing at La Guardia last night after Thanksgiving at home in the Rockies, was as tense a scene I've witnessed in the 3 years studying in the city. The taxi line was out of control as the supervisor nearly came to blows with a father who refused to...

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Note To McCain For Picking a Cute Buffoon

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 12:08 AM

Dear John McCain,

This is a sincere Thank You note for being the man to put my heart, soul, time and money back into politics.

My beloved late husband, Hunter S. Thompson, gave me the political bug years ago. And to honor his spirit, I was asked to blog for...

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Bikram's Last Seminar: Words of Wisdom From a Yoga Guru

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 5:42 AM

PHILADELPHIA -- As the economy was tanking, it was good to get away from New York, spending Saturday with Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram's Yoga College of India. I was not expecting a quiet "ommmm" incense filled seminar. No. Being familiar with the method, I was ready for his...

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A Slick Politician Trapped in a Politician's Body

(28) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 2:25 PM

ASPEN, Colo. -- It was a Sunshiny day indeed at the Aspen Institute with Senator John McCain supporters crawling out of their hummers and Range Rovers to hear his speech and fundraising quotes. I live in Woody Creek, so I've been coming to Institute speeches for years.

I've said...

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Listening to the Dalai Lama in Aspen

(45) Comments | Posted July 27, 2008 | 5:56 PM

ASPEN -- My late husband, Hunter S. Thompson, said that he was a teenage girl trapped in the body of an elderly dope fiend. I realized something as I watched the highest ranking monk of Tibetan Buddhism: His Holiness is a teenage girl trapped in the body of a Dalai...

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