Originally created 01/04/06

People in the News



WOODY CREEK, Colo. - Hunter S. Thompson's widow will co-edit a new magazine called The Woody Creeker, which is expected to hit newsstands next month.

The gonzo journalist shot himself in his kitchen Feb. 20 last year, apparently despondent over health problems.

"We have some good writers already," Anita Thompson told the Aspen Times for its Tuesday editions. Satirist and political commentator P.J. O'Rourke plans a profile of her husband based on interviews in 1987 and 1997, she said.

Anita Thompson continues to work on a book she calls "Hunters Wisdom," a collection of witticisms, aphorisms and other expressions from Hunter S. Thompson's bibliography of 14 books, along with her personal notes.

The magazine is named after the community where the Thompson property is located. Anita Thompson said she came up with the idea for the magazine mainly as a way to celebrate the oddities and richness of her neighborhood.

"We're living the Woody Creek lifestyle," she said. "We should be recording it, at least."

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) - Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president and writer beloved for his role in toppling communism, said he does not plan to seek the office a third time.

"No, definitely no," Havel said Sunday on a TV talk show.

Havel, 69, was a well-known dissident playwright when he led the 1989 revolution that peacefully toppled communism. He became leader of Czechoslovakia in December 1989.

He served as president from January 1993, after the country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. His last term in office ended in February 2003.

Czech law limits presidents to two consecutive terms but does not explicitly forbid someone who has served two terms from seeking another one.

"The constitution makes it possible, there's no doubt about it," Havel said. But he said the generation of politicians that has run the country since 1989 should give way to new faces.

The Czech parliament is due to elect the next president in 2008.

Havel said he would like to finish a book in 2006 and possibly a new play, but he gave no details.