General store removes Thompson memorabilia |

General store removes Thompson memorabilia

Catherine Lutz
Special to the Daily/Paul ConradA sampling of books written by Hunter S. Thompson of Woody Creek.

WOODY CREEK – If you’re looking for Hunter S. Thompson memorabilia, don’t go to the Woody Creek Store. This small general store, next to the Woody Creek Tavern and about a mile and a half down the road from the late author’s home, removed all of its Hunter Thompson books, T-shirts and other items bearing the stamp of the Good Doctor from the shelves by Tuesday morning. “We’ve pulled everything because it got to be too much of a frenzy,” a clerk at the store said Tuesday.

Many who worked there were close to Thompson. Its owners, George and Patti Stranahan, were neighbors. On Monday, after the word got out about Thompson’s suicide the night before, the store and neighboring tavern became a magnet for tourists, journalists and curiosity seekers. Everyone, it seemed, wanted a piece of Thompson’s story.It was just too much for a small country store that has become as much a gathering place for a small, tight-knit community, as a place to stock up on necessities. So the decision was made out of respect for the privacy of the late author and cultural icon’s family and friends.

Few Hunter Thompson titles are available at the Pitkin County Library these days. Librarians estimate that four or five copies remain on the shelves out of the 60 or so Thompson books they normally stock. Out of 15 copies of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” none remain.”There’s always interest in Hunter Thompson’s books, he’s like a cult figure,” said librarian Liz Frazier. “But most of the books now are out.”

Many Thompson books are taken out but never returned, Frazier said – a problem that’s more pronounced with his work than other authors’.Vail, Colorado

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