Welcome to the grand-re-opening of the official Hunter S. Thompson/Gonzo Merchandise store. As the years go by, I am more and more proud of Hunter's work that affected so many people across the globe, but also his activism and sense of fun that fueled his writing. There is one thing that slipped to the back burner, but is still important to so many of Hunter's readers, is the Gonzo Shwag. He loved to wear the gonzo logo and started the store with me in 2003. The store is back at Owl Farm with a kick-ass team of women who love and respect his work, and bring their own artistic & tech skills to Gonzo Store. Welcome back!
Here's The Gonzo Team:
ANITA H. THOMPSON- Anita@gonzonation.org
Anita Thompson, bestselling author of The Gonzo Way, & wife to the late Hunter S. Thompson, began working as his assistant in 1999. She earned her degree from Columbia University in American Studies after publishing her second book, Ancient Gonzo Wisdom. Before moving to Aspen, she was a full-time fundraiser for groups such as the Sierra Club while elected to chapter chairperson of the largest student group at UCLA, CALPIRG. She began that life while working for the California Desert Protection Act that was championed by Diane Feinstein & Barbara Boxer. Along with continuing Hunter's work at Owl Farm, she loves animals & always makes sure to have a little fun.
LAUREN WEGER- Lauren@gonzonation.org
🌻Lauren Weger graduated Summa Cum Laude from Regis University in Denver, CO as a member of the honor society Alpha Sigma Nu. She earned an Interdivisional Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language, and Peace & Justice. In addition to working for Gonzo, she also teaches gymnastics at 2 different programs here in the valley, one in Carbondale (a recreational program) & another in Rifle (a competitive program). She loves jam bands & bluegrass & most live music, but her true love is her golden lab, Delilah Rose 🌹.
Shannan Burkley was born in Los Angeles, CA. She has worked as a Matte Painter in Visual Effects, for over 25 years on such films as Titanic, the Fifth Element, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Rum Diary. Inspired most of her life by Hunter S. Thompson she was deeply honored on July 10th 2014 to have married her friend of 20 years David R. Bleich at Owl Farm. She continues to be equally honored by her friendship with Anita Thompson, whom she considers to be her dearest “Sister in Arms.” She loves the opportunity to give back to Hunter’s legacy, keeping alive the American treasure that is his work and is proud to finally feel a part of “the Too Much Fun Club."
After growing up in New York City, Hensley graduated from Whitman College in 2013 with a degree in geology and a passion for skiing, that brought her to this Rocky Mountain town. Since coming to Aspen she has built a career in hospitality with a specific interest in creating memorable experiences for guests. In the Fall of 2018, these qualities, along with her life-long work ethic, instantly made her a valuable member of the Gonzo Team. She continues the work and legacy of Hunter S. Thompson with Anita at Owl Farm.
Emily Taylor grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, Jacksonville, Florida, and went to school at Pomona College in California, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. In the summer of 2012, Emily moved to Woody Creek, Colorado where she worked in various roles at the Woody Creek Community Center & Café, including Cafe Manager, Program Director, and Executive Director. Outside of work, Emily loves to explore art, drink fantastic coffee, and listen to live music.
Rachel Fulfer is an emerging artist in the Roaring Fork Valley, working primarily with a combination of mixed media, graphic design and screen printing. Upon completing her studies at Colorado Mountain College in the area of Graphic Design, Rachel decided to travel, leading her to live on the island of Maui, Hawaii and rural Wyoming. Rachel discovered her love for hand screen printing at the school of hard knocks. In the summer of 2011, she felt her skills were honed enough to open her first business.
A free spirit originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Laura moved out to Colorado in 2016. Her love of skiing, hiking and river activities are what keep her here in this beautiful state. Laura studied at the University of Arizona, and now works mainly as a Childcare Provider & Personal Assistant in the Western Slope of CO. Her gentle, caring nature, attention to detail and organizational skills are some strengths she brings to the Gonzo Team. She practices mindfulness & is proud to be sober. With her cat, her bird & her dog Willow, Laura has built a family and home here in Colorful Colorado.