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      GREENSBORO, N.C. – Tied with 15:55 remaining, the NKU men’s basketball team lost Monday night to North Carolina A&T 74-63. Sam Hunt led NC A&T with 32 points. Jalen Billups led NKU (1-4) with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Billups kept the Norse in the game. He threw down a dunk with 8:47 remaining to pull [...]
      Matt Sexton, Sports Editor
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      Northern Kentucky shot a blistering 58 percent Friday night in an 88-62 rout of Tennessee Tech at BB&T Arena. After shooting a strong 48 percent in the first half on the way to a 38-31 halftime advantage, the Norse (4-1) shot 70 percent in the second half. NKU outscored Tennessee Tech 50-31 in the second [...]
      Matt Sexton, Sports Editor
    • More than turkey this Thanksgiving November 25, 2015
      The weather has cooled and the leaves have fallen, and that means one thing for sure, it’s time for Thanksgiving.   A holiday overly associated with turkeys cooked in a variety of ways, Vegetarian Times, 7.3 million people in the U.S are vegetarian, meaning that 3.2 percent of the population will be be celebrating the [...]
      Mackenzie Manley, Reporter
    • Working Thanksgiving adds stress for students November 25, 2015
      During a student’s time at college, parents can’t wait to see their kids finally come home during the holiday season. At NKU, students are off from school the day before, of and after Thanksgiving allowing those extra days to spend with family. However, some students have to work during that holiday family time. “It’s mandatory [...]
      Lizzie Kibler, Arts & Life Editor
    • GALLERY: Valiant Norse effort comes up short at Xavier November 24, 2015
      CINCINNATI, Ohio – In its first meeting against Xavier since joining Division I, the NKU Norse were hardly intimidated Monday night at Cintas Center. In the end, the Musketeers had too much firepower and pulled away late for a 78-66 win over NKU. Xavier (4-0), ranked 23 in the new Associated Press poll, was playing [...]
      Matt Sexton, Sports Editor
    • Late run gives Morehead State win over NKU men November 23, 2015
      Morehead State went on an 11-2 run over the final 5:07 Saturday night, turning a one-point deficit into a 64-56 victory over the NKU men’s basketball team. NKU is now 1-2 overall while Morehead State is 2-1. The game was back and forth until about five minutes left, when the Eagles began to soar past [...]
      DeSherion McBroom, Reporter
    • Roush hits milestone as Norse hold off Marquette November 21, 2015
      Christine Roush joined the thousand-point club Saturday as the NKU women defeated Big East foe Marquette 83-78 at BB&T Arena. NKU is now 3-1 overall while Marquette is 0-3. “Our ladies fought and they competed and we fortunate to come away with a win against a great opponent in Marquette coming out of the Big [...]
      DeSherion McBroom, Reporter
    • A look at ‘Circle, Mirror, Transformation’ November 21, 2015
      A small classroom on the first floor of the Fine Arts building is now home to the student-run Studio Series, previously nicknamed the 307 Series.  “Circle Mirror Transformation” was the first show in the new room Thursday night. The space is called Room 118, also known as the Henry Konstantinow Theatre, on Thursday night was [...]
      Sarah Clark, Reporter

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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