Hunter S. Thompson, "smart hillbilly"; boy of the South; born and bred in Louisville, Kentucky; son of an insurance salesman and a stay-at-home mom; public school-educated; jailed at 17 on a bogus petty robbery charge; member of the US Air Force (airman second class); copy boy for Time; writer for The National Observer; et cetera.
On this week's In Bed, Susie has an intimate conversation with author Juan F. Thompson, son of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. "This is more like a conversation with a friend than a journalist," Juan says. They both learned a great deal from each other. Susie was a friend of Hunter's. Juan was the one person Hunter trusted completely. They talk about the nitty-gritty of Hunter's struggles with writing, his sexual point of view, what it meant to him to be a man in full, and living up to a mythic, impossible reputation.