After the death of “Papa” Hemingway, budding journalist Hunter S. Thompson swiped a pair of elk antlers while visiting the author’s home in Idaho. Now, Thompson’s widow has returned them.
Hemingway died in 1961 and, during a visit to the Ketchum, Idaho home of the late icon of 20th Century American literature while on assignment for the National Observer in 1964, Thompson liberated a huge set of elk antlers.
The visit turned into the essay “What Lured Hemingway to Ketchum?” which was later republished in the Thompson collection, The Great Shark Hunt in 1979.
A treasured keepsake, the Fear and Loathing author hung the rack at his own home for over 50 years.
With Thompson’s own death in 2005, his widow Anita recently decided to return the antlers to the Hemingway family.
“Hunter later regretted this,” Anita wrote in an e-mail to the Aspen Times. “Hunter and I planned to take a road trip back to Ketchum and quietly return them. But we never did.”
Hunter S. Thompson's widow, Anita (second to left), returned a pair of stolen elk antlers to the home of Ernest Hemingway in Ketchum, Idaho last week. The late writer stole the antlers from Hemingway’s home while on assignment for the National Observer in 1964. The antlers have hung at the Thompson's Owl Farm home in Woody Creek for the last 52 years. “Hunter later regretted this,” Anita wrote in an e-mail Sunday. “Hunter and I planned to take a road trip back to Ketchum and quietly return them. But we never did.” • #aspen #aspentimes #pitkincounty #colorado #local #news #hunterthompson #owlfarm #woodycreek #gonzo #journalism #ernesthemingway #literature #ketchum #idaho @natobserver