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.
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.