Steadman was first assigned to work as an illustrator to Thompsons journalism work for the 1970 Kentucky Derby and it was the beginning of a popular but weird partnership which Thompson described as a decadent mixture of chalk and cheese.
In Steadmans words: Hunter hated a sloppy drunk which he accused me of being; but by the end of the week at the Kentucky Derby, we both were.
He adds: I suppose thats where my chalk part came in he saw I did my best work frayed out around the edges.
Steadman recently authored The Jokes Over: Aspen Nights: Ralph Steadman On Hunter S. Thompson (Harcourt).
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