It was somefactor of a Christmas ritual at Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado cabin, Owl Farm. Yearly, his secretary Deborah Fuller would take down the Christmas tree and go away it on the entrance porch somewhat than dispose of it completely. That’s as a result of Hunter, most of the time, needed to set it on fireplace. In 1990, Sam Allis, a author for then formidable TIME magazineazine, visited Thompson’s residence and watched the fiery tradition unfold. He wrote:
I gave up on the interview and begined worrying about my life when Hunter Thompson squirted two cans of fireside starter on the Christmas tree he was going to burn in his living-room fireplaceplace, just a few ft away from an unopened woodenen crate of 9‑mm bullets. That the tree was far too giant to suit into the fireplaceplace mattered not a whit to Hunter, who was sporting a dime-store wig on the time and resembled Tony Perkins in Psycho. Minutes earlier, he had smashed a Polaroid camperiod on the ground.
Hunter had decided to videotape the Christmas tree burning, and we later heard on the replay the terrified voices of Deborah Fuller, his lengthytime secretary-baby sitter, and me off-camperiod pleading with him, “NO, HUNTER, NO! PLEASE, HUNTER, DON’T DO IT!” The original manuscript of Hell’s Angels was on the desk, and there have been the bullets. Nothing doing. Thompson was a person possessed by now, stuffed with the Chivas Regal he had been slurping straight from the bottle and the gin he had been combineing with pink lemonade for hours.
The woodenen mantle above the fireplaceplace apparently nonetheless has burn marks on it at the moment.
Observe: An earlier version of this submit appeared on our website in 2015.
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