Writer who coined the term 'gonzo' dies
The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, March 12, 2006
Updated: Sunday, March 12, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bill Cardoso, a writer who coined the term "gonzo" to describe the frenetic participatory journalism practiced by contemporary Hunter S. Thompson, has died. He was 68.
Cardoso died Feb. 26 of cardiac arrest at his home in Kelseyville, about 80 miles northeast of San Francisco, according to his longtime companion, Mary Miles Ryan.
Born in Boston, Cardoso began his journalism career as a sports writer for the Medford Mercury in the 1950s while a student at Boston University. He went on to write for the Boston Globe, covering the 1968 presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and Richard M. Nixon.
It was on Nixon's press bus that Cardoso met Thompson. They became friends and admired each other's work. When Thompson wrote his colorful, drug-riddled story "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" for Scanlan's Monthly magazine, Cardoso wrote a letter calling the piece "pure gonzo."
The term stuck. Thompson embraced it and so did Webster's, including it in the New World Dictionary in 1979 as meaning "bizarre, unrestrained, extravagant, specifically designating a style of personal journalism so characterized."
At times, Cardoso, whose work appeared in Rolling Stone, Ramparts and Esquire, invoked the "gonzo" style.
When he covered the "Rumble in the Jungle," the 1974 boxing match in Zaire between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, the bulk of his story for New Times magazine focused on happenings outside the ring, including an encounter with Zairian paratroopers and a man selling python skin.
Cardoso worked as a reporter for United Press International in Los Angeles in the mid-80s. In 1984, Atheneum published a collection of his stories called "The Maltese Sangweech & Other Heroes."
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03-13-2006, 12:23 AM #1
Capt. Gonzo, saw this and though of you......AJ, MICP, FireMedic
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03-13-2006, 06:23 AM #2
So what are you saying about Gonzo?
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03-13-2006, 06:32 AM #3
The Gonzo is dead...
Long live the Gonzo!Member IACOJ - Building crust and full of lust...
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03-13-2006, 08:17 AM #4"bizarre, unrestrained, extravagant, specifically designating a style of personal journalism so characterized."
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