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Hunter Thompson’s widow to start magazine

John Colson
Mark Fox/The Aspen Times Anita Thompson, widow of Hunter S. Thompson, and George Stranahan take part in "Converstations in the Kitchen," in Thompson's Woody Creek home Monday. The first issue of The Woody Creeker, a new magazine to be launched in February, will feature the interview.
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ASPEN – Hunter S. Thompson’s widow has been anything but idle in the months since her husband’s death. In fact, Anita Thompson has been at the center of a whirlwind surrounding the gozno writer’s February suicide and its aftermath.Thompson, 32, is to be co-editor of a magazine focusing on Woody Creek – her neighborhood and home to some of the Roaring Fork Valley’s more eccentric residents.Titled The Woody Creeker, the magazine is scheduled to hit newsstands in February. The magazine is not planned as a glossy publication, although the final format is still being worked out, Thompson said this week.

“We have some good writers already,” she said, mentioning a profile of Hunter S. Thompson by internationally known satirist and political commentator P.J. O’Rourke, based on interviews in 1987 and 1997.Local pundits and scribblers also will be represented, including Woody Creek’s de facto patriarch, George Stranahan; the erstwhile mayor of Woody Creek (and an Aspen Times columnist) Gaylord Guenin; and musician Jimmy Ibbotson of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a close neighbor of the Thompsons’ Owl Creek Farm. As an example of the “attitude” that can be expected in the magazine, Thompson said its “poetry editor” is “Tex” Weaver, a local carpenter best known for his near-continuous use of expletives in just about any conversation.

The first press run is to be 1,000 copies, and Stranahan said, “We think this is a literary event roughly equivalent to anything Benjamin Franklin ever thought of.”Anita Thompson said she is also at work on a book she calls “Hunter’s Wisdom,” a collection of witticisms, aphorisms and other quotable expressions from her husband’s books and her own notes. The Woody Creeker will celebrate the oddities and richness of her neighborhood, she said. “We’re living the Woody Creek lifestyle,” she noted. “We should be recording it, at least.”



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