"Dr." Hunter S. Thompson made a name for himself as a tradition-breaking journalist, and as a peculiar personality, long before YouTube. But video clips of him and his antics are all over social media now. We've posted four safe-for-work-listening moments that stand out for us.
David Letterman hosted Thompson numerous times. In this 1987 clip from "Late Night," the host attempts to get the writer to open up about how he got the "Dr." honorific ahead of his name. Thompson brushes off the question as beyond bounds, suggesting that they shouldn't talk about Letterman's teeth, either.
Thompson interviews Keith Richards in Aspen: To get the Rolling Stones guitarist to come to the hotel room door, Thompson rigs a megaphone to a tape deck playing the sounds of squealing pigs. The interview itself? Well, it's a bit tough to follow along in places ...
Thompson meets Hell's Angel Skip Workman on TV: Workman rides his chopper into the studio as the CBC announcer describes Thompson in this clip as a "talented young literary journalist." This was after Thompson had lived with the biker gang and then published "Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs."
Thompson was famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for his penchant for guns and explosives. In this clip, Conan says the only way Thompson would agree to an interview would be if Conan showed up at a farm to drink hard liquor and fire off heavy weaponry. And that's what happened.