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March 14, 2006

Bill Cardoso, 68, a writer who coined the term "gonzo" to describe the frenetic participatory journalism practiced by contemporary Hunter S. Thompson, died Feb. 26 in San Francisco.

Mr. Cardoso, writing for the Boston Globe and covering the 1968 presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and Richard M. Nixon, befriended Thompson on Nixon's press bus.

When Thompson wrote his colorful, drug-riddled story "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" for Scanlan's Monthly magazine, Mr. Cardoso wrote a letter calling the piece "pure gonzo." Thompson embraced the term, as did Webster's in the New World Dictionary in 1979.

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