H.S. Thompson in S. Africa

April 5, 2004
By tom

Well, not really. He’s merely mentioned in this column from Business Day, a Johannesburg business pub. The story laments the lack of frivolous contestants in the nation’s elections, and points to you-know-who as an example to the voters of the world:

On a smaller, more menacing scale, famed US gonzo writer Hunter S Thompson “scared the bejesus” out of the staid population of Aspen, Colorado in 1969 with his Freak Power Party bid for mayor.

Reasoning that apathetic 18- to 25year-olds were the main cause of a low voter turnout in recent contests, Thompson believed that if he could capture this part of the electorate, he could take on the established political players at their own game.


The Freak Power Party candidate, a young hippie biker named Joe Edwards, lost the race by one vote. A year later, Thompson stood as sheriff, on a pro-drugs, anticapitalist platform, and gave the incumbent a run for his money.


Thanks to Doc-watcher Bob Patterson for the link.

2 Responses to H.S. Thompson in S. Africa

  1. Greg on April 6, 2004 at 6:18 pm

    We miss him, don’t we. Every now and then like in his ESPN article today he comes out into the light like the despearate godforsaken sports-crazy groundhog he’s become and belches out a prophecy for all to smell and fear.

  2. Doug Raines on April 30, 2004 at 6:54 am

    Hunter S. Thompsons fans are the only ones i think that see this, the intelligents this man has, the way with his words, just his mind is enough to make a person screem for more. The first time i ever seen or heard of thompson was in “fear in loathing in las vegas”-The Book- After that i was hooked, every aspect of him and his work is just truly incredible… I feel for ever he will be remembered for his wonderfull work..
    We Love You Hunter-
    Doug Raines