I did so mainly because I knew better than to ever take him seriously.
Thompson was a supremely funny man but, alas, was a deeply unhappy one.
Thompson had largely fallen from the public eye some years before he killed himself in 2005 at the age of 67.
That is 17 years past 50.
It created the richly entertaining Gonzo journalist who those of us who admired his work so enjoyed but also planted the seeds for his depression and death.