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    • Women’s soccer picks up win in last home game October 19, 2014
      NKU took on Kennesaw State University in their final home game of the season Saturday night, upsetting the Owls 1-0. The game was also part of Senior Night for the Norse, with two seniors this season, CG Bryant and Abbey Scherer. “It was pretty crazy. I’ve been here for five years, it’s been a rough [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor
    • National Geographic photographer introduces NKU to a world half-empty October 17, 2014
      “50 percent of all species by 2100 will be headed towards extinction,” said National Geographic photographer of 22 years, Joel Sartore. Thus sparked the motivation behind the Photo Ark, a collection of over 3,700 photographed species captured over nine years and the number continues to grow. Thursday night, NKU welcomed Joel Sartore’s high-profiled work and […]
      Kiana Berry, Staff Reporter
    • Travel impacts budget October 17, 2014
      As the Northern Kentucky University athletics department enters its third year of the required four year transition period into Division I, competition has increased and improved, and travel costs have gone up. For the 2014-15 fiscal year, NKU will spend nearly $980,000 in travel expenses, said Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business and Finance Dani […]
      Clayton Castle, Reporter
    • Norse find loss under rain October 16, 2014
      NKU’s men’s soccer team took on Marshall University at home Wednesday night under lights and rain.  The game would end in regulation time with Marshall taking the win 2-1. The game started off  quick for Marshall, who would have their first shot on goal in the second minute. NKU’s Yaw Addai would have two quick [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor
    • Hot Seat with A.J. Fleak October 15, 2014
      Sport: SoccerYear: JuniorMajor: Exercise Science In NKU’s first season as a Division I team, A.J. Fleak recorded  a team high of 45 saves, and played over 2,000 minutes in the 2013 season, but what else do you know about him? Q: What is your favorite before game meal?A: Probably some pasta. Q: Do you have [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor
    • Men’s soccer takes first conference loss October 12, 2014
      NKU men’s soccer had their first game in a week at home Saturday against Florida Gulf Coast University, losing 3-1. The first half started off slow for both sides with each team having equal control of the ball. FGCU would have two corner kicks early on, but weren’t able to produce anything from either. Christian [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor
    • Volleyball sees quick win over Jacksonville October 11, 2014
      NKU took on their second home game of the weekend against Jacksonville University, winning in a quick match 3-0. NKU would start off the first set strong winning 25-13, never allowing the Dolphins to take the lead. Megan Wanstrath would go out of the game in the first half with an apparent knee injury, never [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor
    • NKU volleyball battles for win against North Florida October 11, 2014
      NKU women’s volleyball returned home Friday night to face North Florida after a six road game streak, producing four wins for the team. NKU would win the match against UNF after a grueling battle 3-2. NKU would start off the first set with Megan Wanstrath scoring the first point for the Norse. Both teams would [...]
      Carrie Crotzer, Sports Editor
    • Madness takes over the BOK Center October 10, 2014
      The NKU men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off their 2014-15 campaigns by hosting their annual Black n Gold Madness for students, staff and fans at the Bank of Kentucky Center on Thursday night. The event, in reference to NKU’s unofficial school colors, included a scrimmage, a 3-point contest, a slam dunk contest and performances [...]
      Clayton Castle, Reporter
    • Town hall allows residents to meet and discuss problems October 9, 2014
      Parking garages, weekend food options and safety were big topics discussed at the Student Government Association’s first town hall of the year on Monday, Oct. 6. The town hall, located in Northern Terrace’s multi purpose room, focused on housing, parking, dining and Wi-Fi issues that Callahan and Northern Terrace residents are encountering.   According to [. […]
      Andrea Carter, Reporter

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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