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woody creek tavern

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

Another shot of a favorite watering hole of Hunter S. Thompson.

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royalton hotel

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

After the aftermath of the Kentucky Derby in 1970, Thompson flew to Manhattan ("as soon as he could walk").

Warren Hinckle, editor of Scanlan's Monthly at the time, put HST in the Royalton Hotel where:

"...where we locked him down for five days in a room in the Royalton Hotel, just up 44th Street from the Scanlan's office in an abandoned ballroom above an Irish bar a block from Times Square."

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the pendennis club

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

The Pendennis Club is a members-only social club located in Louisville, KY.

In the debauchery of Hunter S. Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," Thompson and Ralph Steadman arrive at The Pendennis Club:

"One of my clearest memories of that vicious time is Ralph being attacked by one of my old friends in the billiard room of the Pendennis Club in downtown Louisville on Saturday night. The man had ripped his own shirt open to the waist before deciding that Ralph wasn't after his wife. No blows were struck, but the emotional effects were massive.

Then, as a sort of final horror, Steadman put his fiendish pen to work and tried to patch things up by doing a little sketch of the girl he'd been accused of hustling. That finished us in the Pendennis."

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hunter thompson mural

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

On the side of bar/restaurant in Louisville known as The Monkey Wrench, there is a mural depicting Hunter S. Thompson.

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churchill downs

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature by pete_nice

On May 2, 1970, Hunter S. Thompson arrived at Churchill Downs to cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan's magazine. His subsequent article, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," was the first time he worked with long-time collaborator- illustrator Ralph Steadman. It is also considered to be Thompson's first widely read use of overtly unobjective, first-person "Gonzo" journalism.

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