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Sometimes We Need "The Show With No Name"
Last weekend when I talked with Charlie, the former host of "The Show With No Name", he commented that he doesn't mind not doing the show anymore, but he did miss not doing it the weekend after Johnny Carson died. He would have loved to do a show that paid tribute to the king of late night television. I think I feel the same way tonight on hearing about the apparent suicide of Hunter S. Thompson.

On the show, we had three HST clips that we occasionally aired. One was a rambling conversation between Keith Richards and HST in the back of a limo. This bit feels like its too long, and you can't really understand anything they're saying, but it's got plenty of coolness.

I don't really remember much of the second clip. It's an interview between HST and David Letterman; I think Thompson was uncooperative and pouting the whole time. I'll have to dig that up from my archives and watch it again.

My favorite HST clip, and one we showed at least four times, was an early bit from Conan O'Brien's late night show. He and HST go to a shooting range, try out a variety of hard liquors, and then shoot really big guns at a number of objects, including a NBC peacock, a stuffed bear, a giant poster of Conan, and a copy of HST's current book. This really highlighted HST's personality, showing him as demented rebel. I hope we can show a a little of this at the live show at the Alamo on March 5th.

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I hope some of the clips make it to the next Alamo show. Kinda hard to schedule a show "as needed" when these things come up.

Hmm, I'll be taking the basic pistol UT informal class the morning before next show. Probably best to take the class before seeing the HST clips. [No, I'm not planning on turning into a gun freak. I just want to be able to speak more knowledgeably about them when being pro-gun-control.]

Yeah, I'll miss HST. More in a "I'm glad someone out there was being crazy and poking at the truth of which we don't speak" rather than a "I wish he was my relative/neighbor" kind of way. Besides his stuff in Rolling Stone, there was also a hilarious piece in Cycle World a few years back. One of the writers showed up to go riding with him, only to have HST take his (her?) Ducati and leave them in his dust. The paired articles, one by HST and one from the CW writer, were fabulous. HST's drawings were the icing on the cake.

I told my supervisor that Hunter S. Thompson had committed suicide and she had no idea of who I was talking about. I added: "Johnny Depp portrayed him the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," but even then I think she was just nodding politely. *shakes head sadly*

...like explaining poker to hamsters. They're good at bluffing, but that's cause they don't know what their doing. Too bad you can only win wood chips off 'em.

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