Mark Payne

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      Pokemon trainers ventured to NKU Tuesday night to collect as many Pokemon as possible and battle their competitors with one mission in mind: to be the very best. “Pokemon Go,” the popular app which reached 15 million downloads, uses a smartphone’s GPS and camera to create a map of the user’s surrounding location. NKU has [...]
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      On past tournament weekends, the Northern Kentucky University golf team faced two battles. One battle is the game itself. The grinding, the putting and the concentration involved in striking the ball in the right spot on the club. The second battle was in the hotel after the round, where the team would have to decide [...]
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      A week after the shooting that killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, President Geoffrey Mearns expressed condolences to the victims of the tragedy in an email sent to the campus community Monday. He expressed that he condemns all acts of violence, particularly those directed at people “based on sexual orientation or personal identity.” “Our [...]
      Abby Anstead , Editor-in-chief
    • BREAKING: Chief of Police announces resignation June 16, 2016
      Chief of Police Les Kachurek announced his resignation and will leave Northern Kentucky University next month, according to a statement released by the university Thursday. Kachurek has accepted a position at the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association in New York, where he will teach leadership and internal-affairs courses. He will retire from […]
      Abby Anstead , Editor-in-chief
    • Gates named NKU VP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel June 8, 2016
      A 2000 graduate of NKU’s Chase College of Law has returned to NKU as the new vice president of legal affairs and general counsel. University President Geoffrey Mearns announced in a press release Wednesday that Joan M. Gates has been appointed to the position. She replaces Sara L. Sidebottom, who retired after 20 years with [...]
      Matt Sexton, Managing Editor
    • BREAKING: NKU announces new VP for student affairs May 25, 2016
      Dr. Daniel Nadler was hired by Northern Kentucky University as the new vice president for student affairs, according to a press release by the university. According to Wednesday’s release, Nadler will begin at NKU on July 18. He currently holds the same position at Eastern Illinois University. “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Nadler to NKU,” [...]
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    • Funding shortfall forces NKU to cut 100 positions May 19, 2016
      Reduced state funding coupled with increased payments to state retirement will force NKU to cut 100 faculty and staff positions. NKU’s Board of Regents unanimously approved the budget plan Wednesday proposed by President Geoffrey Mearns.  The plan will eliminate 37 faculty positions. Of those, 31 are confirmed and anticipated vacant positions, and six are cu […]
      Matt Sexton, Political Editor
    • VIDEO: Captain America or Iron Man? May 12, 2016
      Students decide which superhero would win in a fight, Captain America or Iron Man.
    • All in the family; Whitaker introduced as NKU head coach May 10, 2016
      Members of Camryn Whitaker’s family were spread throughout BB&T Arena Tuesday afternoon. Some of them are related by blood, some by basketball. Regardless of the relation, all gathered to watch the Cynthiana, Kentucky native as she was introduced as NKU’s women’s basketball coach. She replaces Dawn Plitzuweit, who accepted the job at South Dakota on Apri […]
      Matt Sexton, Sports Editor
    • BREAKING: NKU hires UK assistant to lead women’s basketball May 6, 2016
      Two weeks after losing its head coach to South Dakota, the NKU women’s basketball team has its new leader. Camryn Whitaker, most recently an assistant for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team, was named NKU women’s basketball head coach today by Ken Bothof, director of athletics at NKU. According to a release from the [...]
      Matt Sexton, Sports 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

    http://www.petitiononline.com/GONZOHST/petition.html

    http://totallygonzo.org

    Cheers!

  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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