Monday, 2 January 2017

Prankster Changes Famous 'HOLLYWOOD' Sign to 'HOLLYWEED' (+ Some Hollywood Sign FACTS! + Videos)

This must have taken some time - or so we thought. But if you look closely, you can see it was some mere cloth-coverings all in the right places that changed the two 'O's to 'E's. Ingenious! Many see this as a good sign and have posted their reactions on social media. 
This wasn't the first time the sign was changed to 'HollyWEED' either. 
Back on Jan. 1, 1976, the same day California’s relaxed marijuana law took effect. Cal State Northridge student Danny Finegood had a plan to alter the sign by using $50 of curtains and a couple friends. And it worked, giving Hollywood a Hollyweed sign for a short time. Check out some more interesting Hollywood Sign facts at the end!...


High up on the hills of Hollywood, LA’s most famous sign was changed to “Hollyweed” by a prankster on the first day of 2017. 
Under the cover of darkness the individual, who was armed with four tarpaulins, was able to climb Mount Lee and alter the iconic sign, according to the Los Angeles Times. 
The suspect was recorded on CCTV at 3am climbing the mountain before using ladders attached to the sign to hang the tarpaulins over the “o” letters, replacing them with “e,” Sergeant Guy Juneau from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Security Service’s branch said. 
The man was dressed in black “tactical-style gear,” and one of his tarpaulins was designed with a peace sign, while the other had a heart. - rt

I don't know who did this to the Hollywood Sign, but I'm quite impressed they got away with it.
Posted by Steve-O on Sunday, January 1, 2017

Did You Know...

The Hollywood sign turned 93 back in 2016? Let's celebrate it with some interesting facts...

"Hollywoodland" | Courtesy of Photofest | Source

  • It was first called the “Hollywoodland” sign, erected in 1923. It was originally conceived as an outdoor ad campaign for a suburban housing development called "Hollywoodland."
  • Thomas Fisk Goff (1890–1984), owner of Crescent Sign Company, designed the sign. Each letter was 30 feet (9.1 m) wide and 50 feet (15.2 m) high, and the whole sign was studded with some 4,000 light bulbs. The sign would flash in segments: "HOLLY," "WOOD", and "LAND" would first light up individually, then the whole sign would light up. Below the Hollywoodland sign was a searchlight to attract more attention. The poles that supported the sign were hauled to the site by mules. Cost of the project was $21,000, equivalent to $292,154 in 2015.
  • In the 1970s, the sign reached its most dilapidated state.
    By the 1970s, the first O had splintered and broken, resembling a lowercase u, and the third O had fallen down completely, leaving the severely dilapidated sign reading "HuLLYWO D." | Source
  • Over the course of more than half a century, the sign, designed to stand for only 18 months, sustained extensive damage and deterioration. During the early 1940s, Albert Kothe (the sign's official caretaker) caused an accident that destroyed the letter H. Kothe, driving while inebriated, was nearing the top of Mount Lee when he lost control of his vehicle and drove off the cliff directly behind the H. While Kothe was not injured, his 1928 Ford Model A was destroyed, as so was the original 50 foot (15.2 m) tall illuminated letter H.
  • In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce began a contract with the City of Los Angeles Parks Department to repair and rebuild the sign. The contract stipulated that "LAND" be removed to spell "Hollywood" and reflect the district, not the "Hollywoodland" housing development.
  • "HOLLYWOOD" is spelt out in 45-foot (13.7 m)-tall white capital letters and is 350 feet (106.7 m) long.
Hollywood Sign, 2015 | Source

  • In 1978, in large part because of the public campaign to restore the landmark by Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, the Chamber set out to replace the severely deteriorated sign with a more permanent structure. Nine donors gave US$27,777.77 each (totaling US$249,999.93) to sponsor replacement letters, made of steel supported by steel columns on a concrete foundation.
  • The new letters were 45 feet (13.7 m) tall and ranged from 31 to 39 feet (9.4 to 11.9 m) wide. 
  • Refurbishment, donated by Bay Cal Commercial Painting, began again in November 2005, as workers stripped the letters back to their metal base and repainted them white.
  • A struggling young actress named Peg Entwhistle climbed up to the top of the letter 'H' one Friday evening back in 1932... and took a swan dive into the mountain, achieving in death the fame that eluded her in life. Dubbed by tabloids as the “The Hollywood Sign Girl” - she was only 24 years old. Hollywood legend has it that a letter to Peg arrived the day after her death from the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She was offered the lead role in a play…about a woman driven to suicide.
Today, the sign is 450-feet long (and weighs 480,000 lbs.) and most tourists are surprised to find out they actually can't get to the sign - because it's illegal. It sits behind gates protected by security cameras and Park Rangers — and even if you make the hike up there, a Los Angeles Police Department officer stationed at the sign 24/7 will be there to greet you. If you want to get a good look at the sign itself, its official website offers views from the webcams perched there.

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Rebuilding the Hollywood Sign Documentary

We interviewed Raiden Peterson, the project manager of the 1978 Hollywood rebuild, and Greg Ashe, helicopter pilot on the project, about the challenges and triumphs they experienced while recreating the iconic Hollywood Sign.

Source(s): thecannabistrt | fader | hollywoodreporter | hollywoodsign

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