elgin air force base

from hunter s. thompson posted in literature


elgin air force base
hwy 85 and gen robert w bond blvd
valparaiso, florida 32580

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In 1956, Hunter S. Thompson was in the Air Force and transferred to Elgin Air Force Base. He began taking classes at Florida State University, and became the sports editor of the base newspaper, The Command Courier. During this time, he followed the base football team (the Elgin Eagles) around the country, covering their games. In early 1957, Thompson started writing an uncredited sports column for The Playground News out of Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Thompson was honorably discharged from the Air Force in June of 1958.

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