ACOSTA DOCUMENTARY WILL PRESENT PROOF, FAMILY SAYS
By David Pratt
“One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”—Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone 12/15/1977
October 15, 1973, The Playboy Forum:
Your November issue, “On The Scene” section on Mr. Hunter S. Thompson as the creator of Gonzo Journalism, which you say he both created and named… Well, sir, I beg to take issue with you. And with anyone else who says that. In point in fact, Doctor Duke and I — the world famous Dr. Gonzo — together we both, hand in hand, sought out the teachings and curative powers of the world famous Savage Henry, the Scag Baron of Las Vegas, and in point of fact the term and methodology of reporting crucial events under fire and drugs, which are of course essential to any good writing in this age of confusion — all this I say came from out of the mouth of our teacher who is also known by the name of Owl. These matters I point out not as a threat of legalities or etcetera but simply to inform you and to invite serious discussion on the subject.
Yours very truly,
Oscar Zeta Acosta
P.S. The guacamole and XX he got from me.
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Oscar Zeta Acosta is probably best known as the character based on the Chicano author, lawyer and activist in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Dr. Gonzo, Raoul Duke’s “300 pound Samoan” attorney. But family members of the long-missing and presumed dead Acosta say he played a much larger role in Thompson’s most popular work.
Acosta’s younger sister, Annie, insists that her brother was co-author of the landmark “Savage Journey to the heart of the American Dream,” a gonzo tale of that dream’s failure and the protagonists’ drugged debauchery in Las Vegas that was first published in Rolling Stone in 1971 and cemented Hunter Thompson’s fame as a counter culture literary hero. Annie Acosta said an upcoming documentary on Oscar Acosta will present evidence he didn’t write it alone.
“Zeta was living with me in Los Angeles while writing his own two books, The Autobiography of A Brown Buffalo and The Revolt of The Cockroach People,” she wrote in an email to GonzoToday. “Additionally, I am privy to conversations, arguments etc. over the publication and writing of Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.” She added that Thompson “offered him reparation but Zeta refused”
“I have evidence and it will be elaborated in the up-coming documentary, which will be out within a year and a half,” Annie Acosta said. Continue reading
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Disney did not announce when the expansions will be ready for the public.
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Trevorrow said in a statement, “We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”
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The Shea Stadium concert on August 15 set records for attendance and revenue. Promoter Sid Bernstein said, “Over 55,000 people saw the Beatles at Shea Stadium. We took $304,000, the greatest gross ever in the history of show business.”