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      The NKU women’s basketball team will retain bragging rights over the University of Cincinnati Bearcats women’s basketball team as the Norse defeated the Bearcats for the second year in a row by a score of 66-52 at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Wednesday night. NKU is now 2-1 over Cincinnati since reclassifying to Division [...]
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      The upcoming graduation commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, December 13 at the Bank of Kentucky Center, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Krista Wiseman-Moore and Kathy Stewart, Manager of Special Events and Director of Donor Relations respectively, offered their insights about the ceremony and how the May and December ceremonies differ. Since students […]
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      Andrea Carter, Reporter
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      Excitement stirred throughout Regents Hall as children ages 9 to 14 prepared their robots for action. The robots, built entirely from Lego’s, competed in numerous tasks such as opening doors, tossing balls into goals and collecting rings for various points. With the constant update of the scoreboard, the kids only grew more and more enthusiastic. [...]
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      The cold, blistery air keeps most people indoors this time of year as all sorts of viruses seem to go spreadl. Cold and flu season can wreak havoc on anyone, including those on the men’s basketball team. The season is in full swing and the team has played more away games than home. Constant close [...]
      Troy Bendgen, Reporter
    • Tayler Persons: freshman in command December 9, 2014
      Not only is Tayler Persons leading the men’s basketball team in average points with 11.3 per game, he also is leading the way in assists (3.1 per game), rebounds (4.6 per game) and steals with nine total on the season. The freshman guard from Kokomo, IN. was awarded for his early season efforts by being [...]
      Troy Bendgen, Reporter
    • Loss delivers lessons for men’s basketball December 8, 2014
      NKU men’s basketball team saw their biggest crowd since going Division I Sunday night as they took on the West Virginia Mountaineers at home, taking their fifth loss of the season 67-42. NKU started the first half strong with Chad Jackson picking up the first six points of the game for NKU. “I think I’m [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor
    • Hot Seat with Anthony Monaco December 8, 2014
      Sport: Basketball Year: Redshirt Junior Major: History Anthony Monaco has appeared in all six games for the Norse so far this season, amassing 24 points on the season, but what else do you know about him? Q: What is your favorite pre-game meal?A: Lasagna. Q: Do you have any sports-related superstitions?A: No I don’t, except [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor

Hunter S. Thompson’s boyhood home

Posted by markpaynemedia on July 18, 2009

Hunter S. Thompson's boyhood home

Hunter S. Thompson's boyhood home. Photo by Mark Payne

After some searching I was able to hunt down Hunter S. Thompson’s boyhood home.

It originally started from an interest of a buddy of mine, Shane Ersland. We went biking in Louisville and thought it would be a good idea to find his home. However, we were bounced around in multiple directions and couldn’t find it.

A week later I read a blog by Tom Eblen that was written in May 2008. In his blog, he said the home was for sale and stated the address. He also said it was owned by an editor from Louisville’s daily paper, The Courier-Journal. (In an updated entry on Eblen’s blog he said the home was sold in June of 2008.)

So I went and hunted it down.

I also had a talk with Stephen George, the editor of Louisville’s alternative weekly, Leo weekly, while at Louisville’s music festival, Forecastle.

He said that when people where remodeling the house they were trying to scrape up a black circle in the middle of the house. The workers started to ask around as to what the cirle was and the neighbors told them it was from when Hunter was a boy and he drew the circle, calling it his own portal to hell.

P.S. If you are ever driving through Cherokee park and go through the circle, around Daniel Boone’s statue, look at the large white house with a nice decorated yard. That house belonged to the non-fictional character of Daisy, in The Great Gatsby. Apparently Fitzgerald wrote a lot of the book at a hotel in Louisville, The Seelbach.

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3 Responses to “Hunter S. Thompson’s boyhood home”

  1. Ron Mexico said

    Sign the petition to induct Fear and Loathing:On The Campaign Trail ’72 into The Modern Library


  2. Mary B said

    Key :) Shane would be so proud.

  3. Megan said

    I’m planning a trip to Louisville and would love to drive by Hunter Thompson’s childhood home. Could you tell me where it is located?

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