It all started months before in a flurry of emails, late nights and strong drinks. I’d been working on the Outlaw Poet documentary: writing emails, driving from Evansville, IN to Louisville, KY, sending letters and tracking down leads on interviews about poet, performer, and king of the underground Ron Whitehead. On my list, and main concern: interview Anita Thompson, widow of journalist and professional wild man Hunter S. Thompson.
Ron had a lengthy friendship with Hunter, and is credited by several sources as giving HST a major boost in his second coming by bringing Billy-the-kid back to Louisville to be honored and given a key to his hometown, with the Hunter Thompson tribute in 1996 at Memorial Auditorium, Louisville, KY attended by: Johnny Depp, Douglas Brinkley, Warren Zevon, David Amram, Roxanne Pulitzer, Juan Thompson, Bob Braudis, and former mayor Harvey Sloane.
Ron also published several of Hunter’s pieces in broadside poster format with his publication White Fields Press.
After a strenuous hunt for money and months of hard work I had an invite to Owl Farm for an interview with Anita Thompson, a plane ticket to Denver, Colorado, a back pack full of clothes, a few hundred dollars in cash and a Sony HD video camera.
It was raining when I left Louisville, KY at 8:30am and after a 2 1/2 hour flight I set foot off the plane into mile-high madness, the Denver Int’l Airport, where people were jammed into every nook and cranny of the place sobbing for us to exit the plane so they could be next onto the tarmac.