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Bob Beattie was the Head Alpine Coach for the U.S. Ski Team from 1961-69, and coached the first two U.S. men, Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga, to win medals in the Winter Olympics, in 1964. Beattie also covered skiing for "Wide World of Sports" and in the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Winter Games. He has lived across the street from HST since 1976.

Remembering Hunter
Page 2 contacted several of Hunter S. Thompson's closest friends for their recollections:

  • "60 Minutes" reporter Ed Bradley
  • Political correspondent William Greider
  • Former presidential candidate George McGovern
  • Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay
  • Satirical cartoonist Ralph Steadman
  • Skiing commentator Bob Beattie
  • Page 2's Eric Neel
  • Page 2's Bill Simmons
  • ESPN Executive Editor John Walsh
  • We used to go up (to Thompson's house) and watch all the ballgames up there, whether it be football or the World Series or everything else. There would be a lot of drop-ins. There are a lot of guys in this neighborhood who are writers, artists, they'd all drop in now and then. So we saw him a lot.

    I used to laugh with him all the time, because he used to work at night, and I go to bed early, so I didn't see him too much during the daytime.

    I've been in Europe for a month, so I saw him just before I left on that trip.

    He was very unhappy about his health, because he'd had a couple of operations, so he was unhappy that he couldn't get around any better, but otherwise he was doing well.

    The most important thing about him was that he was one of the most loyal people I've ever known. He was a great neighbor.