Hunter S. Thompson Units His Christmas Tree on Hearth, Almost Burning His Home Down (1990)


It was some­factor of a Christ­mas rit­u­al at Hunter S. Thomp­son’s Col­orado cab­in, Owl Farm. Yearly, his sec­re­tary Deb­o­rah Fuller would take down the Christ­mas tree and depart it on the entrance porch moderately than dis­pose of it whole­ly. That’s as a result of Hunter, most of the time, need­ed to set it on fireplace. In 1990, Sam Allis, a author for then for­mi­da­ble TIME magazine­a­zine, vis­it­ed Thomp­son’s house and watched the fiery tra­di­tion unfold. He wrote:

I gave up on the inter­view and begin­ed wor­ry­ing about my life when Hunter Thomp­son squirt­ed two cans of fireside starter on the Christ­mas tree he was going to burn in his liv­ing-room fireplace­place, a number of toes away from an unopened wooden­en crate of 9‑mm bul­lets. That the tree was far too massive to suit into the fireplace­place mat­tered not a whit to Hunter, who was sport­ing a dime-store wig on the time and resem­bled Tony Perkins in Psy­cho. Min­utes ear­li­er, he had smashed a Polaroid cam­period on the ground.

Hunter had decid­ed to video­tape the Christ­mas tree burn­ing, and we lat­er heard on the replay the ter­ri­fied voic­es of Deb­o­rah Fuller, his lengthy­time sec­re­tary-baby sit­ter, and me off-cam­period plead­ing with him, “NO, HUNTER, NO! PLEASE, HUNTER, DON’T DO IT!” The orig­i­nal man­u­script of Hell’s Angels was on the desk, and there have been the bul­lets. Noth­ing doing. Thomp­son was a person pos­sessed by now, filled with the Chivas Regal he had been slurp­ing straight from the bot­tle and the gin he had been combine­ing with pink lemon­ade for hours.

The wooden­en man­tle above the fireplace­place appar­ent­ly nonetheless has burn marks on it at this time.

Observe: An ear­li­er ver­sion of this publish appeared on our web site in 2015.

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