How is that for a title, reader? It’s all true. This might be a better book than a post, but here goes.
I am a HUGE fan of Hunter Thompson’s writing. I own everything he has ever written. This includes a first edition hardback of Hell’s Angels. This book, because of it’s rarity, was the pride of my collection. I lent it to a friend to read. Apparently, he was extremely influenced by the book. Extremely. Anyhow… before he was able to return it… his rottweilers got a hold of it. They chewed the shit out of the corner of my beautiful pristine copy of Hell’s Angels. Did I mention it is out of print? Yeah, it is.
Now, let’s talk about what makes that story really interesting. Hunter was coming to Denver to do a booksigning for one of his letters book. I brought my copy of Hell’s Angels for Hunter to sign. I figured if anyone would appreciate a rottweiler chewed book… it would be Hunter. Well, Hunter was a virtual no show. He was several hours late (yeah, I know that is part of the deal with Hunter). They also announced he would only sign copies of his new book, which you had to buy. I didn’t have $45 for the new book. Then, they announced that Hunter would not be signing the books, but would be affixing a sticker to each book. Also, he would not be speaking at all.
So, I left. Don’t worry, I got to see Hunter again in person later. That, as you can imagine, is a whole ‘nother story. Onto the significance of the book. The book was lent to my buddy Paul. We all hung out together in college, same crew. I also have his fish tank in the basement still. I mention that Hunter’s book must have been awfully influential because Paul is now on the run for murder. He is accused of murdering a lady for the Hell’s Angels in Phoenix. He is on the US Marshall’s 15 most wanted list. See here for yourself. – links redacted July 2018
That is Paul behind me in the green shirt.
Now, did I deliver on that salacious title or what? Oh, and the book? I still have it, of course. It still isn’t signed by Hunter, and is still chewed to shit by Paul’s rottweilers.
* post script – Paul was recently (Feb 2011) caught in Argentina. He is still there under custody of the US Marshalls awaiting deportation. Some details
here. redacted July 2018