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Thompson’s wife debuts magazine

John Colson
The cover of the first copy of 'The Woody Creek,' which is published by Hunter Thompson's widow, Anita Thompson.
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WOODY CREEK – The Roaring Fork Valley’s latest publishing sensation, The Woody Creeker, is now available – well, sort of. Several hundred copies were delivered Monday to the Woody Creek Store, along with a couple of “store copies” for customers to peruse.More will be available in the coming days, according to its editor, Anita Thompson, widow of the late Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson. They will be available, for free for this inaugural issue, at the Woody Creek Store and the Woody Creek Tavern; the Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar; Jimmy’s – An American Restaurant & Bar; the Lynn Goldsmith Gallery in Basalt; and The Aspen Times front counter.The 32-page magazine was published Monday, the one-year anniversary of Thompson’s suicide at the couple’s Owl Farm ranch in Woody Creek. An initial run of 1,000 magazines was printed, with a duplicate run planned for later as demand warrants.

Since news of the magazine broke in early January, Anita Thompson said she has been deluged with requests for copies from fans around the world. She also has fielded numerous interview requests from journalists still hungry for news of Thompson and anything related to his life and legend, she said.Thompson and two of her assistants, graphic artist Katie Jo Frank and longtime friend Linda Luke, finished printing the magazine at 3 a.m. Monday in the front room at Owl Farm, using an aging but still workable Risograph printing machine on loan from a friend. Thompson was still packing the finished pages in boxes at 11 a.m.”I think we did pretty good for three blondes working late into the night,” said Frank, whom the magazine’s masthead lists as one of several managing editors.As far as the magazine goes, a four-color image of one of the Thompsons’ peacocks adorns the cover; a color picture of the “2002 Class of Woody Creek” is on the inside back page. The inside pages are black and white.

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is listed as the “Editor Emeritus,” followed by a list of contributors, editors and some rather obscure references such as “Celtic Magician” (that’s Linda Luke) and “Minister of Defense” (George Tobia).Prose, poetry, interviews and images gathered from the friends and followers of Thompson fill the following pages.The most notable outside contribution – meaning it came from someone who is in no way a Woody Creek denizen – is an interview with Hunter S. Thompson by famed essayist and humorist P.J. O’Rourke. Drawn from a pair of frenetic autumnal conversations, in 1987 and 1996, the piece is titled, “Truth Is Easier,” quoting a line from Thompson during one of the interviews.Dispatches from inside the Woody Creek zone are no less exotic, of course. There are numerous tributes to the wildness of nature in the High Country, as well as a description of the “land-use-plan” that created the “utopia” called Woody Creek, laid out in an interview with the plan’s progenitor, George Stranahan.



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