By: Dave Astor
Doonesbury.com is acknowledging the death of Hunter S. Thompson with a poll and a description of the late journalist’s connection to Uncle Duke in “Doonesbury.”
The Q&A section of the site notes that Thompson “was indeed the initial inspiration for Uncle Duke, who first appeared in the strip in [a] July 1974 series. Their paths diverged as Duke took on a life of his own, and over the decades his ever-evolving career has differed dramatically from that of HST.”
And the Q&A section — which links to “Doonesbury” comics featuring Duke and to articles about Thompson — says it “respectfully raises a hefty tumbler” to Thompson, “a powerfully innovative and influential journalist and writer whose voice will be missed.”
A total of 2,006 people had voted in the poll as of this morning, with 35% giving Thompson the highest praise as a “major heavy,” 32% giving him high praise as “damn good,” and 31% giving him qualified praise as “of his time.” Doonesbury.com also divided the respondents into “still stoned,” “used to be stoned,” and “unstoned.” Those “still stoned” rated Thompson the highest, with 49% calling him a “major heavy.”
Garry Trudeau, who could not be reached for comment, does “Doonesbury” for about 1,400 newspapers via Universal Press Syndicate.