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Wednesday, July 06, 2005
The night Hatoon met HST
Outlaw journalist Hunter S. Thompson and University of Oregon campus icon Hatoon passed away within a few weeks of one another earlier this year. Despite being radically different individuals from radically different walks of life, they actually met one another on a February night in 1991. Thompson was visiting Oregon for a lecture at the Eugene Hilton and Hatoon was in attendance. In this season's edition of Oregon Quarterly, UO alum Arik Hesseldahl breaks out the anecdote in a tribute to Thompson. And here it is:
Later Thompson received a strange visit from a local homeless woman known popularly around campus as Hatoon. Entertained, Thompson let her try to make a speech on the peril of water in campus drinking fountains, but she struggled and sputtered. Seemingly frustrated, she said, "If you could point a laser beam at my brain, you might understand." Thompson smirked, and pulled a laser sight- the kind used on rifles- from a pocket and pointed it at her as she had described. She didn't like this and fled the stage.
It's a shame those two didn't spend more time together. The fodder from their potential wacky adverntures would have made for a great Rolling Stone article