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    • Norse get back on track with victory over Cleveland State January 16, 2018
      The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball defeated Cleveland State 70-55 Monday night in BB&T Arena. The Norse improve to 12-6 on the season and 5-1 in Horizon League play while Cleveland State falls to 4-15 and 1-5 in conference play. The Norse remain in second place in the Horizon League standings while the Vikings sit at […]
      Christopher Decker, Managing Editor
    • Norse fall short to Raiders in overtime January 15, 2018
      A series of back and forth possessions between the NKU women’s basketball team (4-12, 2-3 Horizon) and Wright State University(13-4, 4-1 Horizon) in the final minutes of the game, resulted in overtime play and a Horizon League loss for the Norse on Saturday afternoon, 68-63. “I’m really proud of our team’s effort,” said head coach […]
      Michael Canizales, Reporter
    • Norse Notebook: Brannen looking for ways to improve against size January 15, 2018
      If the Norse have suffered one weakness this season, it is that they struggle against size inside. This was exposed against Wright State, who collected four blocks in Thursday’s game. “Size has been an issue so far this season for us in terms of getting the ball where we want to get it,” said John […]
      Christopher Decker, Managing Editor
    • Column: Keep the momentum going, Norse Nation January 15, 2018
      There was a time in the not so distant past, as recently as the middle of last season in fact, that the student section at BB&T Arena was mostly empty for NKU basketball games (men’s or women’s). There are only three times I can remember a sizeable student section at any basketball game last season; […]
      Christopher Decker, Managing Editor
    • FE18 showcases SOTA faculty’s versatility January 15, 2018
      “Surrender” depicts a woman on an old-style bike in a field blocked off by construction cones. The woman longs to ride into the landscape, but the white flag waving on the back of the bike signals that she will cede to the artificial barriers. While the general theme centers on forbidden access, the inspiration is […]
      McKenzie Eskridge, Reporter
    • An editor’s guide to ‘snow cream’ January 13, 2018
      Begin scene: Me, at the age of six. The pants I’m wearing are so puffy that I waddle. My mother made me wear them, despite my protests that I could stay warm in a pair of jeans. I open the door of my suburban home (memories of the place are now awash in nostalgic, smudged […]
      Mackenzie Manley, Editor-in-Chief
    • Cuts to come? Lawmakers, NKU wait for Bevin’s budget January 12, 2018
      A state budget proposal is coming Tuesday, and it could be tight. State representatives and NKU officials believe $516,000 or more in state funding will be cut in Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget address, which is scheduled for Jan. 16. The budget proposal will include a two-year plan that determines how the state spends roughly $22.3 […]
      Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor
    • Benzinger, Raiders end NKU’s four game win streak January 12, 2018
      BB&T Arena had not witnessed an NKU men’s basketball loss since Jan. 20, 2017. 5,000 energized fans filled the arena Thursday, hoping they would witness the 14th straight home victory for the Norse. Instead, they witnessed a career night from Grant Benzinger, who was seemingly unphased by the noise from a full student section and […]
      Christopher Decker, Managing Editor
    • New Year: Now, Crosswords! January 11, 2018
      You asked for it — we delivered! Test your wits with our first crossword puzzle of 2018, inspired by the month of January. If you find yourself stumped, take a peek at our nifty cheat sheet. Happy solving!
      Kairi Freudenberg, Crossword Editor
    • St. Amand: More state cuts add to funding disparity January 11, 2018
      Interim pres. Gerard St. Amand said NKU’s state appropriations will be cut by $516,000 at a Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday. St. Amand told attendees to expect more cuts in 2019 as Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to address the state budget on Jan. 16. “We have been warned to expect further cuts for FY […]
      Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor

Hunter S. Thompson’s boyhood home

Posted by Mark Payne 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.


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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