Fear and Loathing in the Alibi
We exhume our 1995 Hunter S. Thompson interview
Ten years ago, when the Alibi was called NuCity, then-Editor Alma García and former columnist and Personals Manager (not to mention longtime Hunter S. Thompson companion) Norma Jean Thompson (no relation) embarked on a whirlwind journey to spend several days with the father of "Gonzo" journalism, driving around his property at breakneck speed and attempting to interview him while clinging to their own lives.
NuCity was roughly three years old at the time, and García and Thompson’s bizarre and entertaining story was one of the first major features for the paper. Ironically, it’s even more entertaining to read now—10 years later, and after Thompson decided to trade in his typewriter for a bullet to the head--than it was when he was a living crackpot.
Following is the interview portion of the feature, originally published March 1, 1995: