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      The term bittersweet has never been more applicable to my life than right now. As classes wrap up and my planner becomes more barren and satisfying to look at, I’m facing another challenge that’s different than just passing another round of classes in my efforts to receive a degree.  Moving home. Again. I’m moving from [...]
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    • Community garden in full bloom May 5, 2014
      As April showers bring May flowers, they also bring vegetables and herbs to many gardens across the country, and some right here in our own community. The Northern Kentucky Community Garden is a “conglomerate of…garden sites operated by Asbury United Methodist Church, the City of Highland Heights, Northern Kentucky University, and the Campbell County Coopera […]
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    • Letter from the editor May 2, 2014
      Wow. What can I say? This past year has gone by faster than I could’ve ever imagined. And while it has definitely been the busiest and most hectic, it has by far been the most rewarding experience of my life. Through my experience as the editor of the The Northerner, I have been able to [...]
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    • Q & A with President Mearns May 2, 2014
      As the dust settles in the Scott Eaton embezzlement investigation, the university is now focusing on preventing incidents of this nature from occurring again. Editors from The Northerner spoke to NKU President Geoffrey Mearns about the closure of the case and the changes taking place on campus.   Q: Do you have any reactions to [...]
      Kevin Schultz

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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