Views from Owl Farm

Happy birthday Hunter

By Anita Thompson
Real AspenJuly 18, 2010
Editor's note: Today would have been Hunter S. Thompson's 73rd birthday. His widow, Anita Thompson, has just sent this dispatch to Real Aspen from her home at Owl Farm.

Sometimes we think that the loss of someone close to us will become easier each year. That isn't always the case.

I had a long beautiful hike with Athena to get away from a troubled Owl Farm situation. You see, Hunter made it such in his Gonzo Trust, that i don't have to sell Owl Farm unless I want to, or until I die. But you can imagine the family and lawyers who would prefer that I sell and split up the cash. Forty acres outside of Aspen is more valuable to some people as a lump of cash than the beautiful cliffs and valley that it is. This was all made possible by George Stranahan. But I've been holding on, and as Nancy Reagan would say: "Just say no."
Anita Thompson with Athena

So, as I hike up the back of Owl Farm, I thank Hunter every day for his document that makes the land where elk and deer roam free, protected for me to NOT to have to sell, no matter the sugar-coated pressure. Even if money isn't flowing all the time, Hunter's spirit is — and that's what is most important to me now. And I know the best birthday present Hunter would want.Hope to have better vibes for you tomorrow.

Your friend,
Anita Thompson

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comments: 1 Comment on "Happy birthday Hunter"

semlohck – April 09, 2011, at 11:27 a.m.

when the going gets weird the weird turn pro.

I've always wanted to somehow visit that place and I hope no "worthless scumsucking bastards or any legion of nazi lawyers" ever change or sell it.

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