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The Gonzo Foundation

The Gonzo Foundation is a non-profit organization created to promote literature, journalism and political activism through the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson. It was founded by his wife, Anita Thompson and is based at Owl Farm.

The Gonzo Foundation hosts political debates in conjunction with local Grassroots TV and after-school programs for area students. We contribute to University endowments to lighten the financial load of students going into the important profession of Journalism in a changing world. Although we are a small nonprofit, we are growing steadily with help from friends and those who loved the work of literature, journalism and the activism inspired by Hunter S. Thompson.

We look forward to your support and participation.

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Thank you Hunter, for helping us all through that horrible Sept 11th day in 2001 and all the days that followed. And thank you to all those who have helped the Gonzo Foundation raise awareness and also funds for the Hunter S. Thompson Scholarship for Veterans at Columbia University.The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now -- with somebody -- and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerrilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. Osama bin Laden may be a primitive "figurehead" -- or even dead, for all we know -- but whoever put those All-American jet planes loaded with All-American fuel into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did it with chilling precision and accuracy. The second one was a dead-on bullseye. Straight into the middle of the skyscraper.
Nothing -- even George Bush's $350 billion "Star Wars" missile defense system -- could have prevented Tuesday's attack, and it cost next to nothing to pull off.

Fewer than 20 unarmed Suicide soldiers from some apparently primitive country somewhere on the other side of the world took out the World Trade Center and half the Pentagon with three quick and costless strikes on one day. The efficiency of it was terrifying.

We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.
This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed -- for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won't hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.
Good luck. He is in for a profoundly difficult job -- armed as he is with no credible Military Intelligence, no witnesses and only the ghost of Bin Laden to blame for the tragedy.
OK. It is 24 hours later now, and we are not getting much information about the Five Ws of this thing.
The numbers out of the Pentagon are baffling, as if Military Censorship has already been imposed on the media. It is ominous. The only news on TV comes from weeping victims and ignorant speculators.
The lid is on. Loose Lips Sink Ships. Don't say anything that might give aid to The Enemy.
-- Hunter S. Thompson (ESPN column) published in HEY RUBE
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Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of Capital Gazette shooting. Hunter devoted his life to journalism, at the expense of his desire be a novelist the day JFK was assassinated. He believed he could serve his country better as a journalist than in any other way. In 2002, he wrote the following about a private meeting with Nixon, and his experience of being a journalist.

"God almighty!" I explained. "That was good, man -- that was very good." I almost slapped him on the knee, but thought better of it. The Boss was grinning at me. I was a moment of strong bonding, and it turned out to be a fateful night in my career as a journalist. From that point on, I was a "political correspondent." It was a personal epiphany, enough the make a man believe in God, or at least some kind of supreme being. I was a proven professional sportswriter, and because I'd just spend a long year with the Hell's Angels, Richard Nixon didn't seem particularly dangerous to me. I was not afraid of anything -- I could walk the talk and talk the walk. This political stuff looked like a free lunch.
I was wrong of course. There is no free lunch, and Nixon turned out to be a monster. But that is another story, and we will leave it for later."
-- Hunter S. Thompson, Forward to "THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ESPN" (bc of George W. Bush and 9/11, and the wars in the Middle East, Hunter wrote more in the last 5 years of his life than in the previous 15 combined. Journalism was his calling and he was not afraid)
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Gonzo Family Home Video in the Kitchen

Never-before-seen home video of Hunter’s kitchen gathering. Bob Braudis reads about Hunter’s campaign to free Lisl Auman. Hunter was an activist his entire life, especially during his later years. (Video Courtesy Anita Thompson) Stay tuned for more videos.

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