Contents 1 Life and career 2 Friendship with Hunter S. Thompson 3 Disappearance 4 Quotes about Acosta 5 Motion pictures 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

Life and career[edit] Acosta was born in El Paso, Texas to Manuel and Juanita (née Fierro) Acosta, from Mexico and El Paso, respectively. Oscar was the third child born but second to survive childhood. He had an older brother, Roberto, born in 1934.[1] After the family moved to California, the children were raised in the small San Joaquin Valley rural community of Riverbank, California, near Modesto.[2][3] Acosta's father was drafted during World War II. After finishing high school, Acosta joined the U.S. Air Force. Following his discharge, Acosta worked his way through Modesto Junior College. He went on to San Francisco State University where he studied creative writing,[3] becoming the first member of his family to get a college education. He attended night classes at San Francisco Law School and passed the California Bar exam in 1966.[6] In 1967, Acosta began working locally as an antipoverty attorney for the East Oakland Legal Aid Society.[2] In 1968, Acosta moved to East Los Angeles and joined the Chicano Movement as an activist attorney, defending Chicano groups and activists. He represented the Chicano 13 of the East L.A. walkouts, Rodolfo Gonzales, members of the Brown Berets, and other residents of the East L.A. barrio. His controversial defenses earned him the ire of the LAPD, who often followed and harassed him. Local law enforcement and the FBI linked Acosta to a shadowy organization called the Chicano Liberation Front, which claimed responsibility for numerous bombings in southern and northern California.[citation needed] In 1970, Acosta ran for sheriff of Los Angeles County against Peter J. Pitchess, and received more than 100,000 votes. During the campaign, he was jailed for two days for contempt of court. He vowed that if elected, he would do away with the Sheriff's Department as it was then constituted. Known for loud ties and a flowered attaché case with a Chicano Power sticker, Acosta lost to Pitchess' 1.3 million votes, but did beat Everett Holladay, Monterey Park Chief of Police. In 1972, Acosta published his first novel, Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, about a lawyer fighting for the rights of a marginalized people. In 1973, Acosta published The Revolt of the Cockroach People, a fictionalized version of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium as well as an account of Ruben Salazar's death.

Friendship with Hunter S. Thompson[edit] In the summer of 1967, Acosta met author Hunter S. Thompson. In 1971, Thompson wrote an article on Acosta and the injustice in the barrios of East Los Angeles for Rolling Stone magazine, titled "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan". This article also discusses the death of Los Angeles Times columnist Rubén Salazar. While working on the article, Thompson and Acosta decided that a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, was in order, so that they could freely discuss Salazar and racial injustice in L.A. away from any police supervision. Thompson wrote about this trip in his 1972 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The legal department of the publisher of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas said the book could not be published without clearance by Acosta, as references to him were recognizable. Acosta initially refused the clearance, saying that he was insulted by Thompson's alteration of his race—Thompson had described him as a "300-pound Samoan." He understood, however, that inserting his real name and race would necessitate extensive rewriting and delay publication of the book, so he promised clearance provided that his name and picture would appear on the dustjacket.

Disappearance[edit] In May 1974, Acosta disappeared while traveling in Mazatlán, Mexico.[2][4] His son, Marco Acosta, believes that he was the last person to talk to his father. Acosta telephoned his son from Mazatlán, telling him that he was "about to board a boat full of white snow." Marco is later quoted in reference to his father's disappearance: "The body was never found, but we surmise that probably, knowing the people he was involved with, he ended up mouthing off, getting into a fight, and getting killed."[7] In 1977, Thompson's investigation of Acosta's disappearance, titled "The Banshee Screams For Buffalo Meat," was published in Rolling Stone.[8] According to Thompson, Acosta was a powerful attorney and preacher but suffered from an addiction to amphetamines, and had a predilection for LSD. The article was Thompson's response to rumors that Acosta was alive somewhere around Miami. Thompson wrote he believed Acosta was either murdered by drug dealers or was the victim of a political assassination.[2] Others have speculated that Acosta overdosed or suffered a nervous breakdown during his trip.[4]

Quotes about Acosta[edit] Oscar was not into serious street-fighting, but he was hell on wheels in a bar brawl. Any combination of a 250 lb Mexican and LSD-25 is a potentially terminal menace for anything it can reach – but when the alleged Mexican is in fact a profoundly angry Chicano lawyer with no fear at all of anything that walks on less than three legs and a de facto suicidal conviction that he will die at the age of 33 – just like Jesus Christ – you have a serious piece of work on your hands. Especially if the bastard is already 33½ years old with a head full of Sandoz acid, a loaded .357 Magnum in his belt, a hatchet-wielding Chicano bodyguard on his elbow at all times, and a disconcerting habit of projectile vomiting geysers of pure blood off the front porch every 30 or 40 minutes, or whenever his malignant ulcer can't handle any more raw tequila. — Hunter S. Thompson, "The Banshee Screams For Buffalo Meat," Rolling Stone #254, December 15, 1977 Every century there are a few individuals who are destined to lead the weak, to hold unpopular beliefs and, most important, who are willing to die for their cause. My father's whole life was given to the fight for "the people". — Marco Acosta One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die. — Hunter S. Thompson, "The Banshee Screams For Buffalo Meat," Rolling Stone December 15, 1977, eventually used in the film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Motion pictures[edit] The film Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) loosely depicts Acosta's life and his relationship with Hunter S. Thompson. Its name is derived from Thompson's article about Acosta, "The Banshee Screams for Buffalo Meat," in reference Acosta's book Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo. Actor Peter Boyle portrayed Acosta, whose character is named "Carl Lazlo, Esquire"[9] and Bill Murray portrayed Thompson. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) is a film adaptation of Thompson's novel of the same name, a fictionalized account of Thompson and Acosta's trip to Las Vegas in 1971. Benicio del Toro portrays Acosta,[10] referred to in the film and novel as "Dr. Gonzo," while Johnny Depp portrayed Thompson (under the alias of Raoul Duke).

See also[edit] List of people who disappeared mysteriously

References[edit] ^ a b "Birth certificate of Oscar Acosta". Texas State Department of Health.  ^ a b c d e Doss, Yvette C. (June 5, 1998). "The Lost Legend of the Real Dr. Gonzo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 March 2015.  ^ a b c "Guide to the Oscar Zeta Acosta PapersCEMA 1". California Digital Library.  ^ a b c Martinez Wood, Jamie (2007). Latino Writers and Journalists. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 25 March 2015.  ^ "Top 10 Famous Disappearances: Oscar Zeta Ocasta". Time Magazine. Retrieved 25 March 2015.  ^ "Oscar Acosta - #38731". State Bar of California. Retrieved 25 March 2015.  ^ "Shermakaye Bass". Archived from the original on 2012-10-28. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  ^ Thompson, Hunter S. (December 15, 1977). "The Banshee Screams For Buffalo Meat". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 March 2015.  ^ Moorhead, Jim (April 28, 1980). "It Gets Rather Messy 'Where Buffalo Roam'". The Evening Independent.  ^ Olsen, Mark (December 11, 2008). "A rebel force". Los Angeles Times. 

Further reading[edit] Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972), ISBN 0-679-72213-0 (Random House) The Revolt of the Cockroach People (1973), ISBN 0-679-72212-2 (Knopf) Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: the uncollected works. Ilan Stavans, editor. (1996) (Arte Público Press) Hospitable Imaginations: Contemporary Latino/a Literature and the Pursuit of a Readership, a dissertation on Oscar "Zeta" Acosta within the context of Gloria Anzaldúa, Piri Thomas, Giannina Braschi, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, and Gilbert Hernandez. Christopher Thomas Gonzalez (2012), OhioLink. "Thompson's and Acosta's Collaborative Creation of the Gonzo Narrative Style", Shimberlee Jirón-King. Comparative Literature and Culture, Vol 10, Issue 1, Purdue University, 2008. The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time. Hunter S. Thompson (1979), Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-37482-7

External links[edit] Wikiquote has quotations related to: Oscar Zeta Acosta "Guide to the Acosta Papers" at the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives "Oscar Zeta Acosta reading 'La Cucaracha'" on YouTube v t e Chicano and Mexican American topics Terms Chicano Hispanic La Raza Hispanic and Latino Americans Mexican American Tejanos Californios Nuevomexicanos Pre-Chicano Movement History of Mexican Americans Mexican–American War Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Mexican Repatriation Sleepy Lagoon trial Zoot Suit Riots Chicano Movement Aztlán Católicos por La Raza Chicanismo Chicana feminism Chicano Blowouts Chicano Moratorium PCUN Plan Espiritual de Aztlán Plan de Santa Bárbara Farm workers rights campaign Land grant struggle Colegio César Chávez Supreme Court cases Botiller v. Dominguez Hernandez v. Texas San Antonio I.S.D. v. Rodriguez Espinoza v. Farah Manufacturing Co. U.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce Plyler v. Doe Medellín v. Texas Flores-Figueroa v. U.S. Leal Garcia v. Texas Mendez v. Westminster Bernal v. Fainter Culture Chicano films Chicano literature Chicano poetry Chicano rock Chicano rap Mexican muralism Skull art Teatro Campesino Tortilla art Chicano Park Estrada Courts murals Cholo Pachuco Paño Tejano music Tex-Mex cuisine Zoot suit Lowrider By city Arizona (Tucson) California (Los Angeles) Illinois (Chicago) Michigan (Detroit) Nebraska (Omaha) Texas Dallas-Fort Worth Houston Lists Caló Chicano poets U.S. communities with Hispanic majority Mexican Americans Writers List of Hispanic and Latino Americans Bibliography Category:American people of Mexican descent Category:Mexican-American organizations v t e Hunter S. Thompson Bibliography Novels Prince Jellyfish The Rum Diary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Polo Is My Life Short stories "Fire in the Nuts" Short story collections Screw-Jack & Other Stories Essay collections The Gonzo Papers The Great Shark Hunt Generation of Swine Songs of the Doomed Better Than Sex Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 Fear and Loathing in America Kingdom of Fear Hey Rube Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone Articles "The Temptations of Jean-Claude Killy" "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" "The Battle of Aspen" "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan" Non-fiction Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Gonzo: Photographs by Hunter S. Thompson The Curse of Lono Mistah Leary – He Dead Film adaptations Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) The Rum Diary (2011) Documentaries Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision (1978) Breakfast with Hunter (2003) Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006) Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) Related articles Raoul Duke Uncle Duke Spider Jerusalem Gonzo journalism Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 61772687 LCCN: n86831606 ISNI: 0000 0001 1766 4370 GND: 1027541852 SUDOC: 082071586 BNF: cb144760427 (data) SNAC: w69t42qn Retrieved from "" Categories: 1935 births1970s missing person cases20th-century American novelists20th-century male writersActivists for Hispanic and Latino American civil rightsAmerican activistsAmerican male novelistsAmerican politicians of Mexican descentAmerican writers of Mexican descentCalifornia lawyersDrug cultureHispanic and Latino American autobiographersHispanic and Latino American novelistsHunter S. ThompsonMissing peopleMissing person cases in MexicoPeople declared dead in absentiaPeople from El Paso, TexasPeople from Modesto, CaliforniaPeople from Stanislaus County, CaliforniaPostmodern writersUnited States Air Force airmenWriters from CaliforniaSan Francisco State University alumniHidden categories: Pages to import images to WikidataArticles with hCardsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from August 2015Wikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers

Navigation menu Personal tools Not logged inTalkContributionsCreate accountLog in Namespaces ArticleTalk Variants Views ReadEditView history More Search Navigation Main pageContentsFeatured contentCurrent eventsRandom articleDonate to WikipediaWikipedia store Interaction HelpAbout WikipediaCommunity portalRecent changesContact page Tools What links hereRelated changesUpload fileSpecial pagesPermanent linkPage informationWikidata itemCite this page Print/export Create a bookDownload as PDFPrintable version In other projects Wikiquote Languages DeutschEspañolFrançaisItalianoPolskiRomânăРусскийSuomiSvenskaTürkçe Edit links This page was last edited on 7 March 2018, at 04:38. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization. Privacy policy About Wikipedia Disclaimers Contact Wikipedia Developers Cookie statement Mobile view (window.RLQ=window.RLQ||[]).push(function(){mw.config.set({"wgPageParseReport":{"limitreport":{"cputime":"0.364","walltime":"0.480","ppvisitednodes":{"value":2840,"limit":1000000},"ppgeneratednodes":{"value":0,"limit":1500000},"postexpandincludesize":{"value":69867,"limit":2097152},"templateargumentsize":{"value":4742,"limit":2097152},"expansiondepth":{"value":15,"limit":40},"expensivefunctioncount":{"value":1,"limit":500},"unstrip-depth":{"value":0,"limit":20},"unstrip-size":{"value":11560,"limit":5000000},"entityaccesscount":{"value":1,"limit":400},"timingprofile":["100.00% 430.255 1 -total"," 28.48% 122.555 1 Template:Reflist"," 20.63% 88.743 1 Template:Infobox_person"," 14.60% 62.826 6 Template:Cite_web"," 12.95% 55.715 1 Template:Citation_needed"," 12.59% 54.174 1 Template:Infobox"," 9.06% 38.984 1 Template:Fix"," 8.42% 36.233 3 Template:ISBN"," 5.93% 25.512 3 Template:Quote"," 5.45% 23.464 1 Template:Authority_control"]},"scribunto":{"limitreport-timeusage":{"value":"0.165","limit":"10.000"},"limitreport-memusage":{"value":5473005,"limit":52428800}},"cachereport":{"origin":"mw1334","timestamp":"20180322134105","ttl":1900800,"transientcontent":false}}});});(window.RLQ=window.RLQ||[]).push(function(){mw.config.set({"wgBackendResponseTime":96,"wgHostname":"mw1331"});});

Oscar_Zeta_Acosta - Photos and All Basic Informations

Oscar_Zeta_Acosta More Links

Oscar Acosta (disambiguation)El Paso, TexasMazatlánSinaloaMexicoHunter S. ThompsonAutobiography Of A Brown BuffaloThe Revolt Of The Cockroach PeopleChicano MovementChicano MovementAutobiography Of A Brown BuffaloThe Revolt Of The Cockroach PeopleHunter S. ThompsonFear And Loathing In Las VegasMazatlánMexicoEl Paso, TexasSan Joaquin ValleyRiverbank, CaliforniaModesto, CaliforniaWorld War IIU.S. Air ForceModesto Junior CollegeSan Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco Law SchoolLegal AidChicano MovementChicanoEast L.A. WalkoutsRodolfo GonzalesBrown BeretsLos Angeles Police DepartmentWikipedia:Citation NeededLos Angeles County, CaliforniaPeter J. PitchessContempt Of CourtAutobiography Of A Brown BuffaloThe Revolt Of The Cockroach PeopleChicano MoratoriumHunter S. ThompsonLos AngelesRolling StoneStrange Rumblings In AztlanLos Angeles TimesRubén SalazarLas Vegas, NevadaFear And Loathing In Las VegasSamoansDustjacketMazatlánMexicoRolling StoneAddictionAmphetaminesLSDDrug OverdoseChicanoJesus ChristHunter S. ThompsonRolling StoneHunter S. ThompsonRolling StoneFear And Loathing In Las VegasWhere The Buffalo RoamAutobiography Of A Brown BuffaloPeter BoyleBill MurrayFear And Loathing In Las Vegas (film)Fear And Loathing In Las VegasBenicio Del ToroJohnny DeppRaoul DukeList Of People Who Disappeared MysteriouslyLos Angeles TimesTime (magazine)State Bar Of CaliforniaRolling StoneAutobiography Of A Brown BuffaloInternational Standard Book NumberSpecial:BookSources/0-679-72213-0The Revolt Of The Cockroach PeopleInternational Standard Book NumberSpecial:BookSources/0-679-72212-2The Great Shark HuntInternational Standard Book NumberSpecial:BookSources/0-345-37482-7California Ethnic And Multicultural ArchivesYouTubeTemplate:Chicano And Mexican American TopicsTemplate Talk:Chicano And Mexican American TopicsChicanoMexican AmericanChicanoHispanicLa RazaHispanic And Latino AmericansMexican AmericanTejanoCalifornioHispanos Of New MexicoHistory Of Mexican AmericansMexican–American WarTreaty Of Guadalupe HidalgoMexican RepatriationSleepy Lagoon MurderZoot Suit RiotsChicano MovementAztlánCatólicos Por La RazaChicanismoChicana FeminismEast L.A. WalkoutsChicano MoratoriumPCUNPlan Espiritual De AztlánPlan De Santa BárbaraUnited Farm WorkersAlianza Federal De MercedesColegio Cesar ChavezSupreme Court Of The United StatesBotiller V. DominguezHernandez V. TexasSan Antonio Independent School District V. RodriguezEspinoza V. Farah Manufacturing Co.United States V. Brignoni-PoncePlyler V. DoeMedellín V. TexasFlores-Figueroa V. United StatesLeal Garcia V. TexasMendez V. WestminsterBernal V. FainterChicano FilmsChicano LiteratureChicano PoetryChicano RockChicano RapMexican MuralismSkull ArtTeatro CampesinoTortilla ArtChicano ParkEstrada Courts MuralsCholoPachucoPañoTejano MusicTex-MexZoot SuitLowriderHistory Of Mexican Americans In TucsonHistory Of The Mexican Americans In Los AngelesMexicans In ChicagoHistory Of The Mexican Americans In Metro DetroitMexicans In Omaha, NebraskaHistory Of Mexican Americans In TexasHistory Of Mexican Americans In Dallas–Fort WorthHistory Of Mexican Americans In HoustonCaló (Chicano)List Of Chicano PoetsList Of U.S. Communities With Hispanic-majority Populations In The 2010 CensusList Of Mexican AmericansList Of Mexican-American WritersList Of Hispanic And Latino AmericansMexican American BibliographyCategory:American People Of Mexican DescentCategory:Mexican-American OrganizationsTemplate:Hunter S. ThompsonTemplate Talk:Hunter S. ThompsonHunter S. ThompsonHunter S. Thompson BibliographyPrince JellyfishThe Rum Diary (novel)Fear And Loathing In Las VegasPolo Is My LifeFire In The NutsScrew-JackThe Gonzo PapersThe Great Shark HuntGeneration Of SwineSongs Of The DoomedBetter Than Sex (book)Fear And Loathing On The Campaign Trail '72Fear And Loathing In AmericaKingdom Of Fear (book)Hey Rube (book)Fear And Loathing At Rolling StoneThe Temptations Of Jean-Claude KillyThe Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And DepravedThe Battle Of AspenStrange Rumblings In AztlanHell's Angels: The Strange And Terrible Saga Of The Outlaw Motorcycle GangsGonzo: Photographs By Hunter S. ThompsonThe Curse Of LonoMistah Leary – He DeadWhere The Buffalo RoamFear And Loathing In Las Vegas (film)The Rum Diary (film)Fear And Loathing On The Road To HollywoodBreakfast With HunterBuy The Ticket, Take The Ride: Hunter S. Thompson On FilmGonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. ThompsonRaoul DukeUncle DukeSpider JerusalemGonzo JournalismHelp:Authority ControlVirtual International Authority FileLibrary Of Congress Control NumberInternational Standard Name IdentifierIntegrated Authority FileSystème Universitaire De DocumentationBibliothèque Nationale De FranceSNACHelp:CategoryCategory:1935 BirthsCategory:1970s Missing Person CasesCategory:20th-century American NovelistsCategory:20th-century Male WritersCategory:Activists For Hispanic And Latino American Civil RightsCategory:American ActivistsCategory:American Male NovelistsCategory:American Politicians Of Mexican DescentCategory:American Writers Of Mexican DescentCategory:California LawyersCategory:Drug CultureCategory:Hispanic And Latino American AutobiographersCategory:Hispanic And Latino American NovelistsCategory:Hunter S. ThompsonCategory:Missing PeopleCategory:Missing Person Cases In MexicoCategory:People Declared Dead In AbsentiaCategory:People From El Paso, TexasCategory:People From Modesto, CaliforniaCategory:People From Stanislaus County, CaliforniaCategory:Postmodern WritersCategory:United States Air Force AirmenCategory:Writers From CaliforniaCategory:San Francisco State University AlumniCategory:Pages To Import Images To WikidataCategory:Articles With HCardsCategory:All Articles With Unsourced StatementsCategory:Articles With Unsourced Statements From August 2015Category:Wikipedia Articles With VIAF IdentifiersCategory:Wikipedia Articles With LCCN IdentifiersCategory:Wikipedia Articles With ISNI IdentifiersCategory:Wikipedia Articles With GND IdentifiersCategory:Wikipedia Articles With BNF IdentifiersCategory:Wikipedia Articles With SNAC-ID IdentifiersDiscussion About Edits From This IP Address [n]A List Of Edits Made From This IP Address [y]View The Content Page [c]Discussion About The Content Page [t]Edit This Page [e]Visit The Main Page [z]Guides To Browsing WikipediaFeatured Content – The Best Of WikipediaFind Background Information On Current EventsLoad A Random Article [x]Guidance On How To Use And Edit WikipediaFind Out About WikipediaAbout The Project, What You Can Do, Where To Find ThingsA List Of Recent Changes In The Wiki [r]List Of All English Wikipedia Pages Containing Links To This Page [j]Recent Changes In Pages Linked From This Page [k]Upload Files [u]A List Of All Special Pages [q]Wikipedia:AboutWikipedia:General Disclaimer

view link view link view link view link view link