Datebook: July 18 - Hunter S. Thompson Turns 75

Jul 18, 2012

He'd absolutely hate to be 75 today. Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson was an eccentric gonzo journalist and author of notable works: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary. He garnered a strong cult following among literary and drug circles, one that continues to grow after his death in 2005. At his funeral, his ashes were shot out of a cannon stuffed with fireworks - a grand tribute to the extravagant mind that  made the second half o f the 20th century a little more interesting.

It’s Wednesday, July 18

The Friends of the McCracken County Public Library host a used book sale this Friday and Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, located on South 21st Street in Paducah.  Hours are 9 to 7 on Friday and 9 to 1 on Saturday.  See more at

The Yeiser Art Center hosts a workshop titled “Doodling with Bill” Saturday from 12:30 to 2. Artist Bill Ford teaches middle and high school students about the history and art of doodling. The class fee is $25. Reserve a seat by calling 270-442-2453.

Wranglers Campground at Land Between the Lakes hosts the 16th Annual Grand Jubilee and Primitive Rodeo this Friday and Saturday.  Bring your own lawn chairs for two evenings of saddle-bronc and bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, break-away roping, and bull riding.  The rodeo starts at 8 both nights.  Admission is $8 for adults or $5 for ages 12 and under.  For more information,

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