Mark Payne

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    • 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 […]
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    • 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
    • VIDEO: Locally produced documentary explores heroin crisis May 5, 2016
      Wes Akers, electronic media and broadcasting professor, discusses an upcoming documentary exploring heroin usage in the local area. Akers, along with electronic media and broadcasting student Kasey Long and journalism student Tori Lentz, explain their roles in the production and the impact their involvement in the project has made on them. The documentary, “ […]
    • Finding the story: A reflection on my heroin series May 4, 2016
      I sat in a small office across from Dr. Perilou Goddard, a psychology professor who specializes in drug policy. Eyes locked and ears attentive, I listened as she discussed some of the common misconceptions society has about heroin and those who are addicted to the drug. She must have read the interest in my eyes. [...]
      Abby Anstead , Managing Editor
    • GALLERY: Greek yard show May 2, 2016
      Before Feast for Finals on Thursday April 28, a crowd of students gathered in front of Loch Norse to watch the Greek Sorority and Fraternity Spring Yard Show. National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities perform skits and step routines while also bringing in special guest sororities or fraternities not offered on NKU’s campus.  
      Iyabo-Mesa Serikali, Reporter
    • GALLERY: Ahadi Celebration NKU ROCKS April 30, 2016
      NKU R.O.C.K.S freshmen stand in applause having made it through their first year of college on April 26. African American Programs and Services held their annual Ahadi celebration–Ahadi meaning “with great promise”– for NKU R.O.C.K.S freshmen to celebrate freshman achievement and to keep retention of African American students high on campus. The event was ho […]
      Iyabo-Mesa Serikali, Reporter
    • Men’s tennis to Horizon League semifinals after 4-2 win April 29, 2016
      ANN ARBOR, Michigan — The NKU men’s tennis team advanced to the Horizon League semifinals Friday with a 4-2 victory over Illinois-Chicago at the University of Michigan. NKU, the three-seed in the tournament, will play two-seeded Green Bay 3 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3. A win would put [...]
      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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