Is The Hollyweed Sign Real? - Hollywood 2017 Prank, 1976

Is the Hollyweed sign real? Yes, the Hollywood sign was changed to Hollyweed on January 1, 2017.  The LAPD reports that the sign was vandalized at around 3 AM.  A male suspect, wearing all black, traveled up the mountain and then climbed the fence.  He used tarps in order to transform the sign from Hollywood to Hollyweed.


This isn't the first time we've seen the sign changed from Hollywood to Hollyweed.  On January 1, 1976, Danny Finegood and some of his friends, climbed Mount Lee and changed the sign.  The group used curtains to make the sign read Hollyweed.  Finegood was an art student and decdied to change the sign as a part of a project.

Is The Hollyweed Sign Real? Hollywood 2017 Prank 1976
Is The Hollyweed Sign Real? Hollywood 2017 Prank 1976

More relaxed marijuana laws had taken effect in 1976 and Danny wanted to celebrate.  The stunt earned him an A on the assignment and a place in the history books.  Sadly, Daniel passed away in 2007 of multiple myeloma.  He was 52.

Finegood and his crew altered the sign on several different occasions for art assignments and protests.  In 1976, they removed one of the L's from the sign, making it read "Holywood" to celebrate Easter.

Holywood Daniel Finegood 1976
Holywood Daniel Finegood 1976

Ten years later, Finegood used the sign to protest the public's perception of Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North.  He removed the H, making the sign read "Ollywood."