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    f you have a cannon and don't mind blasting a member of the media, the friends and family of the late Hunter S. Thompson need your help.

    Thompson died on Feb. 20, and as a final request in his bizarre life, the self-described "gonzo" journalist wanted his cremated ashes blasted into the air over his farm in Woody Creek, Colo., as loudspeakers play Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man."



    Johnny Depp who portrayed Thompson's drug-addled alter ego in the 1998 film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is among the friends hoping to cannon-ize the outrageous writer. Step one, of course, is finding proper military ordnance.

    To help the family out, Thompson's local newspaper, the Aspen Daily News, is organizing a "Cannon Blast-Off Contest," asking entrants to answer, in 100 words or less, "Why should your cannon be used to blast Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's cremated remains into the sky?"

    The paper is looking for cannons with historic value or possibly one from Kentucky, where Thompson was born. Photographs must be included. The entry deadline is March 13.

    The fact that the 67-year-old writer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound isn't dissuading friends and family from this unusual memorial. Perhaps the only surprise to Thompson's hard-core fans is that he didn't already own his own cannon. Over the years, strange blasts and the crackle of high-powered guns frequently brought police to his door.

    In his 1989 book "Generation of Swine," Thompson recalls blowing up a Jeep with high-powered explosives, purely for his own amusement.

    "The explosion shook the whole valley and sent chunks of red shrapnel flying over the house and all the way back to the White River National Forest," he wrote. "All traffic stopped on the road and the elk herd scattered in panic.

    "But not for long. It was over in 22 seconds. Nobody was injured and no animals were killed "

    In recent years, Thompson wrote a weekly column for ESPN.com, where, among other things, he advocated "Shotgun Golf," a sport he invented, which involves shooting balls out of the air rather than hitting them with clubs.

    "It will bring a whole new meaning to the words 'Driving Range,' " his friend Bill Murray remarked in one column.

    Clearly, Thompson's writing was not for everyone. But he had a cult following. At a private memorial service in Aspen on Sunday, Depp and Murray were joined by such Hollywood headliners as Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson and Benicio Del Toro.

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    At the risk of sounding insensitive, this drunken, drug addicted, loser blew his brains out, with a family memeber on the phone if I recall correctly. Why is it necessary for the media to continue to publicize and sensationalize his death?

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    Originally posted by jetswin@Mar 9 2005, 11:42 AM
    At the risk of sounding insensitive, this drunken, drug addicted, loser blew his brains out, with a family memeber on the phone if I recall correctly. Why is it necessary for the media to continue to publicize and sensationalize his death?
    If you don't know, Jetswin, don't ask.

    Rest in peace, you brilliant goddamned beast.

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    Originally posted by Kotch+Mar 9 2005, 12:45 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Kotch @ Mar 9 2005, 12:45 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-jetswin@Mar 9 2005, 11:42 AM
    At the risk of sounding insensitive, this drunken, drug addicted, loser blew his brains out, with a family memeber on the phone if I recall correctly. Why is it necessary for the media to continue to publicize and sensationalize his death?
    If you don&#39;t know, Jetswin, don&#39;t ask.

    Rest in peace, you brilliant goddamned beast. [/b][/quote]
    This guy was no Hemingway, and his ego dictated his final decision.

    not impressed...

    I will agree with rest in peace.

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    Originally posted by Kotch+Mar 9 2005, 02:45 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Kotch @ Mar 9 2005, 02:45 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-jetswin@Mar 9 2005, 11:42 AM
    At the risk of sounding insensitive, this drunken, drug addicted, loser blew his brains out, with a family memeber on the phone if I recall correctly. Why is it necessary for the media to continue to publicize and sensationalize his death?
    If you don&#39;t know, Jetswin, don&#39;t ask.

    Rest in peace, you brilliant goddamned beast. [/b][/quote]
    Thompson is a gutless, selfish a**hole.

    Killing himself with his wife on phone, and kids and grandkids in the other room. Pathetic he&#39;s being glorified for taking the cowards way out.

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    I&#39;m sorry but I gotta agree.....he&#39;s a selfish piece of crap......taking your own life is the most selfish thing you can do to yourself and to your family.

    I have No remorse for a loser like that.

    I was in desert storm 1 and I came back in one piece but I have a few buddies that lost limbs......I still keep in contact with them and i also volunteer at the local VA......these were healthy men who now have lost limbs.....they still live normal lives......sorry you DON&#39;T kill yourself.

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    No one is condoning suicide here, but death is death, and to let the circumstances of how one has passed away malign the celebration of one&#39;s life is in-and-of itself, selfish.

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    Some papers reported that the Idiot killed himself after Bush was
    elected again..And another liberal bites the dust&#33;&#33; Rest in piece&#39;s&#33;&#33; <_<

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    well said Savage

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    Originally posted by savage69@Mar 9 2005, 01:03 PM
    Some papers reported that the Idiot killed himself after Bush was
    elected again..And another liberal bites the dust&#33;&#33; Rest in piece&#39;s&#33;&#33; <_<
    that&#39;s absolute 100% complete bullcrap

    Hunter Thompson had always planned to kill himself - and to be honest i respect that more than hanging onto life in a hospital bed as a 90 year old with machines living for you getting your food pumped in and your crap pumped out - that&#39;s not the way he wanted to go and i can see the reasoning...

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    Bit what about the family man? they are the ones that have to LIVE with the experience.....that to me is just SELFISH.

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    Savage is a bit behind the times, it seems.....the quote in his profile is making fun of a president who hasn&#39;t even been in office in 6 years.

    Maybe he&#39;ll have something intelligent to say about HST in 2012...but I doubt it.

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    Regardless of your views on suicide (and I agree the cowards way out) but he was a great writer with a really interesting life. Go rent "where the buffalo roam" it is the store of his life (at the point it was shot which was the 80&#39;s I believe) bill murry plays Hunter.

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    Originally posted by jetsfreak@Mar 9 2005, 01:08 PM
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    Bit what about the family man? they are the ones that have to LIVE with the experience.....that to me is just SELFISH.
    his family knew he was going to kill himself - they just didn&#39;t know when - he&#39;s always said he was going to go out on his terms...

    hey if that&#39;s the way he wanted to go - it&#39;s not up to you or me to judge that -

    let&#39;s be honest the way he lived his life he should have been dead decades ago -

    is it selfish? yeah of course but it&#39;s also true to himself. the real Hunter Thompson would rather go out with a bang then slowly drift away

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    good points Bit but IMHO suicide is still suicide.

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    Originally posted by Kotch@Mar 9 2005, 01:08 PM
    Savage is a bit behind the times, it seems.....the quote in his profile is making fun of a president who hasn&#39;t even been in office in 6 years.

    Maybe he&#39;ll have something intelligent to say about HST in 2012...but I doubt it.
    Behind what times?? I was just going on what I read on line in the
    paper&#33; It wasn&#39;t what he wrote about 6 years ago..And I must
    have hit a soft spot in your Liberal Heart Practice Squad Boy&#33;&#33; :lol:

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    Originally posted by savage69+Mar 9 2005, 12:21 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (savage69 @ Mar 9 2005, 12:21 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Kotch@Mar 9 2005, 01:08 PM
    Savage is a bit behind the times, it seems.....the quote in his profile is making fun of a president who hasn&#39;t even been in office in 6 years.

    Maybe he&#39;ll have something intelligent to say about HST in 2012...but I doubt it.
    Behind what times?? I was just going on what I read on line in the
    paper&#33; It wasn&#39;t what he wrote about 6 years ago..And I must
    have hit a soft spot in your Liberal Heart Practice Squad Boy&#33;&#33; :lol: [/b][/quote]
    Hey savage, does FreeRepublic.com let you carry your "Hall of Fame" tag over there as well?

    Ah, quantity over quality......surefire way to get to the JI HOF.

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    Okay everbody...it&#39;s just about opinions.......my opinion is that regardless of the situation you don&#39;t take your own life....regardless if the person is a great writer etc.......it&#39;s still the cowards way out.

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    True dat.

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    Originally posted by Kotch+Mar 9 2005, 01:24 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Kotch @ Mar 9 2005, 01:24 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
    Originally posted by savage69@Mar 9 2005, 12:21 PM
    <!--QuoteBegin-Kotch
    @Mar 9 2005, 01:08 PM
    Savage is a bit behind the times, it seems.....the quote in his profile is making fun of a president who hasn&#39;t even been in office in 6 years.

    Maybe he&#39;ll have something intelligent to say about HST in 2012...but I doubt it.

    Behind what times?? I was just going on what I read on line in the
    paper&#33; It wasn&#39;t what he wrote about 6 years ago..And I must
    have hit a soft spot in your Liberal Heart Practice Squad Boy&#33;&#33; :lol:
    Hey savage, does FreeRepublic.com let you carry your "Hall of Fame" tag over there as well?

    Ah, quantity over quality......surefire way to get to the JI HOF. [/b][/quote]
    Your the one who decided to insult me..If I disagree with someone
    I don&#39;t insult them..Maybe you should learn some manners&#33; <_<

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