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Magazine to offer glimpse of writer's eclectic community

THE GUARDIAN , WASHINGTON

Hunter S. Thompson made Woody Creek the spiritual home of Gonzo journalism, and now a new magazine edited by the journalist's widow is likely to shed light on some of the other eccentric residents of the small Colorado community.

The first edition of the Woody Creeker, which is due to go on sale next month, will include a profile of Thompson by the US satirist and commentator PJ O'Rourke.

Pundits and writers

The magazine will also feature musings from local pundits and writers -- among them George Stranahan, physicist, rancher, philanthropist and self-confessed outlaw, and Jimmy Ibbotson, former member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who fired a shotgun in the general direction of a journalist during Thompson's spectacular funeral party in August.

"We have some good writers already," said Anita Thompson, 32, who told the Aspen Times she came up with the idea for the magazine mainly as a way to celebrate the oddness and the richness of the neighborhood her drug-loving, gun-toting husband made famous.

"We're living the Woody Creek lifestyle," she said.

"We should be recording it, at least," she added.

Thompson, 67, whose drug-fueled stream of consciousness style of writing was a crucial ingredient in the new journalism of the 1960s and 1970s, shot himself in last February in the kitchen of his home in the hills above Aspen.

In accordance with his wishes, the writer's ashes were packed into firework cases and blasted into the air above Woody Creek from a cannon.

Format uncertain

The first print run for the magazine is 1,000 copies, although the format has still to be worked out.

"I'm really excited about it," said Gaylord Guenin, contributor and erstwhile mayor of Woody Creek.

But he insisted it was not being done to promote the area. "We have enough assholes coming out here already," he told the Aspen Times.

"If it becomes a promotion for Woody Creek, I'm out."

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