This week's New Yorker
(5/30/00) has a little interviewette with Hunter S. Thompson
in The Talk of the Town
. They ask him about Uncle Duke
(he's not amused) and about a Super Bowl
party Thompson threw in the 1970s
, which our favorite Texan princeling
attended at just the time when his then-behavior at parties is now of interest. Thompson has this to say:
- "I can't be expected to remember what every drug-addled yuppie hanger-on-er who wanted to get close to me during a football game twenty-five years ago digested. There were so many dope fiends milling about, I don't remember what some Yalie named Bush, whose father was a factotum in the Nixon Administration, was doing. But he strikes me as the sort of person I would have thrown out of the room. A rich, beer-drunk yahoo with a big allowance who passes out in your bathtub."
This proves nothing about Bush, of course; we already knew he was a rich frat boy and the "drug-addled yuppie
" part is just rhetoric. The point is that it's funny
rhetoric, is all.
When pressed, Thompson simply refused to rat anybody out, which is cool.