Thursday, August 25, 2016

the last book I ever read (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson, excerpt four)

from Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson:

We are not a nation of truth-lovers. McGovern understands this, but he keeps on saying these terrible things anyway… and after watching him in New Hampshire for a while I found myself wondering—to a point that bordered now and then on quiet anguish—just what the hell it was about the man that left me politically numb, despite the fact that I agreed with everything he said. I spent about two weeks brooding on this, because I like McGovern—which still surprises me, because politicians, like journalists, are pretty hard people to like. The only other group I’ve ever dealt with who struck me as being essentially meaner than politicians are tight ends in pro football.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

the last book I ever read (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson, excerpt three)

from Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson:

One of the favorite parlor games in Left/Liberal circles from Beverly Hills to Chevy Chase to the Upper East Side and Cambridge has been—for more than a year, now—a sort of guilty, half-public breast-beating whenever George McGovern’s name is mentioned. He has become the Willy Loman of the Left; he is liked, but not well-Liked, and his failure to make the big charismatic breakthrough has made him the despair of his friends. They can’t figure it out.



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

the last book I ever read (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson, excerpt two)

from Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson:

McCarthy’s gig was finished. He had knocked off the President and then strung himself out on a fantastic six-month campaign that had seen the murder of Martin Luther King, the murder of Bobby Kennedy, and finally a bloody assault on his own campaign workers by Mayor Daley’s police, who burst into McCarthy’s private convention headquarters at the Chicago Hilton and began breaking heads. At dawn on Friday morning, his campaign manager, a seasoned old pro named Blair Clark, was still pacing up and down Michigan Avenue in front of the Hilton in a state so close to hysteria that his friends were afraid to talk to him because every time he tried to say something his eyes would fill with tears and he would have to start pacing again.



Monday, August 22, 2016

the last book I ever read (Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson, excerpt one)

from Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson:

Flug had gone far out of his way to help me with that research. We talked in the dreary cafeteria in the Old Senate Office Building where we sat down elbow to elbow with Senator Roman Hruska, the statesman from Nebraska, and various other heavies whose names I forget now.

We idled through the line with our trays and then took our plastic-wrapped tunafish sandwiches and coffee in Styrofoam cups over to a small formica table. Flug talked abut the problems he was having with the Gun Control Bill—trying to put it into some form that might possibly pass the Senate. I listened, glancing up now and then toward the food-bar, half-expecting to see somebody like Robert Kennedy pushing his tray through the line… until I suddenly remembered that Robert Kennedy was dead.



Friday, August 19, 2016

How A Career Ends: Olympic Bronze Medalist Patricia Adura-Miranda at Excelle Sports



"My mother passed away when I was 10 years old, very suddenly. She died of a brain aneurysm. And I think that the way that my brain tackled it was sort of, you know, assuming that I was going to die young, too. That was sort of the natural assumption, and so I got to thinking, Well, what is it that I want to do? What do I want to do with my short time here?"

Our Summer 2016 How A Career Ends series for the fine folks at Excelle Sports ends with the United States' very first Olympic medalist in women's wrestling, Patricia Adura-Miranda.

Thanks for reading.



Thursday, August 18, 2016

How A Career Ends: Two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist Kate "The Great" Schmidt at Excelle Sports



"When I was 13 I asked my parents for a javelin for Christmas. I mean, you have to feel some sympathy for them."

The totally awesome former world record holder and two-time bronze medalist Kate "The Great" Schmidt is the seventh interview in an eight-part How A Career Ends series for Excelle Sports.