Thanksgiving 1977: A Stoner's Dream Comes True, A Dirty Susan Dey and the Honda Hobbit

“The marijuana looked like seaweed”

Florida potheads had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving 1977 as 25 tons of marijuana washed up on San Fernandina Beach, Florida. As you can imagine, the beach was soon crawling with people eager to grab a little free weed (it was the '70s after all). Evidently, a boat carrying the cargo had exploded "sending tons of Colombian gold into the air, onto the beach and into the water." (source: here)

It was such a welcome and wonderful event for local stoners that a commemorative shirt was even made: "Thanksgiving 1977 - Fernandina Beach, Florida - 25 Tons," and sported a large marijuana leaf. (Click image on left to enlarge)

I wonder if any of the Florida stoners got high that night and turned on ABC to watch the awful Thanksgiving Reunion with the Partridge Family and My Three Sons on ABC. Susan Dey wasn't able to participate because she was on location for a movie. Suzanne Crough, the youngest Partridge daughter and tambourine player, was also absent since she was filming the crappy soon-to-be-cancelled TV show "Mulligan's Stew" (photo on right).

I watched the special and remember being not too excited to watch an awkward reunion of two cancelled TV shows. I wonder if Andy Warhol also watched it; his chronology says he watched TV that night.

What movie was Susan Dey filming, you ask, that made her miss the special? Well, if you had bought the People magazine on sale that week, you would have read that she was filming First Love with William Katt. People makes it sound almost like a porno. I've never actually seen it, but am skeptical it's as dirty as they made it sound.

Also, if you had bought that People magazine you would have seen an ad for an incredibly named moped: The Honda Hobbit.

"The Hobbit turns your everyday dull driving trips into bright happy Hobbit hops"
What can I say? It was the seventies.


  1. I doubt Susan Dey's movie was some hot and heavy porno like it seemed to be made out to be.

    I might hate to admit it, but I think the Honda Hobbit's kind of cool looking.

  2. Keith- No, I agree that Hobbit looks cool. It just seems a very odd name to give a moped. It's sort of akin to naming a motorcycle the "Ewok".

    I was into Tolkein in the 70's, and I know his works were being rediscoverd around this time, so maybe it wasn't such a bad marketing idea after all.

  3. How do you do it Gil? Fantastic post! I had a MAJOR weakness for Shirley Jones. She exuded a wholesome sexuality that I went crazy for. I especially loved her in "The Bedtime Story" (the original and superior "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in case nobody knows this film) and I also loved her in "Elmer Gantry" and "The Cheyenne Social Club" - aw hell, I loved her in most of her movies. Great post and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    1. And thanks to her autobiography, we know she's a stone FREAK!

  4. Chick- Thanks again for the positive comments. Yes, Shirley Jones was a fine lady, and I think poor Reuben Kincaid lived with an unhealthy amount of unrequited lust in his heart for the woman.

    A happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  5. AnonymousMay 01, 2009

    I seen that Susan Dey film on cable decades ago, and it's not dirty at all. It's a film about a couple of college kids falling in love. There's one scene where Susan is in bed and she takes off her top as she gets ready for their first love-making experience, and so she shows her breasts for a few seconds, but that's it.

  6. AnonymousJuly 14, 2009

    i smoked some of that seaweed back when i was 13

  7. Oh my holy God. I grew up in the 70s and NEVER heard of this "reunion special". Ever curious, I googled it, and my lord, it's on You Tube. Forgive me whilst I go watch and retch. Damn you Gilligan, you're killing me here.

  8. I miss how you'd get TV specials like this one back then. Anybody else recall a 1977 ABC ANNIVERSARY special where past shows were spotlighted? They even featured an elaborate dance sequence of BATMAN, then went to the audience where a mini-reunion of Adam West and Burt Ward occurred!

    And no real fanfare for these kinda shows

    Al Bigley

  9. The Susan Dey/William Katt film from 1977,First Love, is on Netflix (streaming only). It's actually very intriguing, not your typical love story and the soundtrack is gorgeous. :)