Letter: Traveling in gonzo style

From Aspen and Woody Creek, knowledge and understanding of the world once emanated from the tip of Hunter S. Thompson’s pen. Now, a new Aspen resident is attempting to build on that tradition.

“GoNE GoNZo,” a travel TV show, takes viewers to one unexplored country each week and finds its origins right here in Aspen. The pilot episode, taking us from border to border of Laos, is airing Saturday on Channel 82 at 7 p.m..

The creators are looking for volunteers to be part of focus groups (one in Aspen and one in Snowmass Village) that will help gather feedback to use during the production process, moving forward into a full season of production!

The Aspen connection runs deeper than residency. It’s conceptual, too. In the 1960s and 1970s, Aspen local Thompson pioneered a style called “gonzo journalism.” Spending months living with his subjects, he wove firsthand experience into a larger narrative to transcend the moment and bring deeper understanding and perspective to a changing America. “GoNE GoNZo” takes this style and applies it to the international scene. Traversing the globe, country by country, two young hosts use local means of transit, food, shelter and customs to try to understand the complexity of individual countries and their connection to us back home.

Expect a 2.5-hour time commitment (roughly 6:30 to 9 p.m.), free food and drink and an opportunity to be one of the first to see and give feedback on this exciting new pilot. We have 22 available spots and need to be sure we fill various market segments: ages, genders, income brackets, family histories and professions.

For more info about the show, visit

To RSVP (and an RSVP is mandatory), please email

We hope to see you there!

Skippy Mesirow