The second paragraph of Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Joseph Gerth’s item about the upcoming induction of the father of gonzo into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame contains a notable strand of relativity:
Thompson, who committed suicide in 2005, will be inducted April 29, along with six more traditional journalists including Mark Hebert, who reported for WHAS-TV before going to work in public relations at the University of Louisville, and Lee Mueller, the longtime Eastern Kentucky reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
More traditional… Less inebriated… State it any way you want, this is still fearsome, welcome news.
Thompson’s induction will follow the latest edition of Louisville’s GonzoFest, currently running through the weekend with a full range of activities. On Saturday, a prospective “Hometown Heroes” banner honoring Thompson will be unfurled. Organizers hope to eventually see the banner permanently featured alongside ones celebrationg Muhammad Ali, Supreme Court Court Justice Louis Brandeis and others.
Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame induction will take place at The Grand Reserve in Lexington. To those lucky enough to be within honoring distance, we say: buy the $35 ticket, take the luncheon ride.
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