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(July 18, 1939- ) Born Hunter Stockton Thompson in Louisville, Kentucky. Studied journalism at Columbia University. Served with the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1958; wrote for base magazine. Worked as Caribbean correspondent for Time and New York Herald-Tribune (1959-60), National Observer South American correspondent (1961-63), West Coast correspondent for The Nation (1964-66), columnist for Ramparts (1967-68) and Scanlan's Monthly (1969-70), national affairs editor for Rolling Stone (1970-84), High Times global correspondent (1977-82), and San Francisco Examiner media critic (1985-90). Author of books including Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973), The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979), The Curse of Lono (1983), Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s (1988), Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream (1990), Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Campaign Junkie (1993), The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman (1997), The Rum Diary (1998), and Screwjack and Other Stories (2000).