Rocky Mountain News clip keys on 1981 Aspen DUI hearing of Hunter S. Thompson. Sterling Greenwood covered the story for Rocky Mountain News, a Scripps-Howard newspaper in Denver. Greenwood, a former investigative reporter/columnist for Scripps-Howard in Memphis, had blown into Aspen in 1980 after a divorce, residing initially with Aspen Daily News publisher Dave Danforth at Smuggler Trailer Park and then in his own car -- a gleaming,, yellow stretched-out Coupe de Ville that he had purchased new for $8,500 during the Arab oil embargo and parked in an alley downtown behind what is now The Aspen Store just 100 feet from City Hall. .Greenwood started getting assignments right off from the Rocky Mountain News, locked in a fierce circulation battle with the Denver Post which relied on Smuggler trailer roommate Danforth for coverage of Aspen and the Western Slope. Greenwood also worked for the Aspen Daily News during this period, variously as contributor, distributor, associate editor and editor. After Thompson got acquitted of the DUI charge at that 1981 Thursday morning hearing, Greenwood and Thompson went bar hopping for several hours. The pair wound up at the Hotel Jerome where Greenwood, by then in an extreme state of chemical inconvenience -- from alcohol and iboga extracts -- phoned in his story from one of the seedy old phone booths that used to be in the hotel's lobby when the Jerome was a dump. For a fuller account see "A Gentlemen for Justice Luncheon with Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" uploaded to www.aspenfreepress.com from Aspen Free Press street edition headlined "Breakfast with Hunter." For a more easily readable form of the above clip click here Hunter S. Thompson 1981 Aspen DUI Hearing -- Rocky Mountain News story by Sterling Greenwood

Hunter S. Thompson Friends Say Hollywood Hijacked Funeral, click here.-- Aspen Free Press story by Sterling Greenwood

Hunter S. Thompson Shoots Self to Death Today. An Aspen Free Press "Extra" street edition Feb. 20, 2005, which apres skiers slumped on barstools read in stunned disbelief all over town. Click Here

Aspen Free Press Photo of Hunter S. Thompson Fiery Funeral Blastoff

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