Clifford Park “Skip” Workman

April 2, 2012

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Clifford Park “Skip” Workman died Saturday in New Harbor, Maine. He was one of the last of the original Oakland Hells Angels and his life was interesting and fully realized.

Skip Workman joined the club while he was still in the Navy. After a nasty motorcycle accident in 1957, Sonny Barger rebuilt his bike for him. Before assaulting a policeman became a felony in California, Workman was famous for punching out cops. “Skip loved hitting cops,” Barger recalled in his memoir Hell’s Angel.

The novelist Ken Kesey introduced Workman to LSD in 1964 when that drug was still legal to possess and consume. He has been reported to have had the same acid vision time after time, of a fire breathing dragon in front of American flags. “The dragon was keeping time with the music, “ he said, “and sometimes the dragon would be blowing the bugle and the notes would come out of the bugle.”

He appeared in the movie Hells Angels ’69, which the studio American International decided to produce instead of Easy Rider. And his double wedding at Bass Lake in 1970, with club brother Edward James “The Deacon” Proudfoot, was covered by the Los Angeles Times in a feature titled “Hells Angels – Homes, Wives and Paychecks.”

Skip Workman may be best known for confronting Hunter S. Thompson on television after the publication of Hell’s Angels. (See video below.) He characterized the book as “60 percent cheap trash.”

And, all of this only hints at the man Skip Workman was. He moved back to New England in the 1970s. He left the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1981 after what he called “a severe case of spinal stenosis” kept him from riding. He spent most of the last 30 years in his home town of New Harbor and he devoted much of his energy to helping “Disabled American Vets who are being screwed by our government.

Skip Workman was born April 20, 1938. He was 73. He is survived by his widow, Shelly Workman and three sons Robert “Bobby” Boutelle, Jesse Workman and Gary Workman. Funeral services, which are incomplete at this writing, will be arranged by the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta, Maine.

Clifford Park “Skip” Workman made the world richer and better.


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107 Responses to “Clifford Park “Skip” Workman”

  1. DG Says:

    what is this the fucking twilight zone? Audience laughing at the fact a man by the name of curious george, Junkie George what ever you call him beat his wife.

  2. Richard Crowell Says:

    Junkie George was beating his old lady, probably like an old rug, right ?
    And Hunter reneged on his promise of 2kegs of beer for Sonny and the lads back in Oakland.

  3. Gary Price Says:

    Skip called him out on his BS and Hunter just tried rationalizing justifying and excusing his own bad behavior. He gave the Angels his word and then failed to make good on it which made him a POS. Any man is as only as good as his word. When you tell a man you’re gonna do something do it. Sonny in his book said he graduated from chickenshit highschool. It was true. Apparently he was too damned scared to even deliver the couple of kegs that he promised them. If he had only done that the Angels I’m sure would have had Much More respect for Hunter. I personally would have made good on my word and faced another potential ass whooping than hiding and not giving them nothing. It was Chickenshit. Sonny was absolutely correct.

  4. TomT Says:

    The canada tv appearance went great even though Thompson didnt get to say a lot.People were laughing and having fun,….And Workman wasnt such a bad guy.

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  6. BFK Says:

    F*ckin’ punk to say the crap he did to Hunter Thompson. Hunter stood up for a woman (and dog) getting abused by a Hell’s Angel and got group stomped for it. And Skip was a punk for supporting the abusing Hells Angel and for saying Hunter got what he deserved. All the Hells Angels suck.



    […] So, when his book was published, and then garnered mass media attention, Thompson was caught off guard. Up to that point, he had existed on the margins of the writing profession, and now he was caught in the glare of the floodlights, like the proverbial deer on a distant stretch of highway. His biographer Douglas Brinkley noted, “Thompson had bungled his Hell’s Angels book tour by appearing on TV and radio shows either drunk or tongue-tied.”This clip, from a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program filmed in Toronto in March 1967, features a more tongue-tied Thompson. Looking like victim of a three-day bender, Thompson was interviewed by a portly television host, who blindsided him with a surprise visit from a Hell’s Angel named Clifford “Skip” Workman. […]

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