Ralph Steadman recalls ‘decadent, depraved’ Kentucky Derby trip with Hunter Thompson

Artist Ralph Steadman recalls his famous “decadent and depraved” trip with Hunter S. Thompson to the Kentucky Derby. They were very different, but it began a long artistic partnership. But Thompson was more into drinking and drugs than writing.
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Artist Ralph Steadman recalls his famous “decadent and depraved” trip with Hunter S. Thompson to the Kentucky Derby. They were very different, but it began a long artistic partnership. But Thompson was more into drinking and drugs than writing.

Tom Eblen, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s metro/state columnist since 2008, writes opinion and feature columns. A seventh-generation Kentuckian, he was the Herald-Leader’s managing editor from 1998-2008. Eblen previously worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Associated Press. He is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

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