Scooby's Buddy Shaggy & First TV' Stoner "Maynard G. Krebs" / Hollywood's Cannabis Pioneers

27 days ago

If you grew up with the older generation of cartoons, you are probably familiar with the various conspiracy theories surrounding some of the shows of that period. From theories about Charlie Brown being afflicted with cancer, to the Flintstones being a product of a post-apocalyptic scenario, Popeye’s spinach actually cannabis, and "Shaggy from Scooby-Doo was definitely a pothead.

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Scooby's Buddy Shaggy

Shaggy From Scooby Doo

There are many theories about the different characters of "Scooby-Doo" series but the most popular theories are about Shaggy as he seems to love the same thing what we love most, #Weed. Shaggy, the lanky, the cowardly friend of Fred, Velma, and Daphne, who spends most of his time with his pet dog, Scooby, was born into a rich family who had an abundant supply of cannabis.

Shaggy and Scooby were mostly in the back of the van, they seem to be giggling about together most of the time, we can probably guess what they were doing back there. Of course, the cartoon itself also showed portrayals of Shaggy, Scooby, and the gang with various allusions to #Cannabis smoke.

But "Scooby's Buddy Shaggy" wasn't the first stoner on television. It was "Maynard G. Krebs", beatnik buddy to the title character in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", the actor "Bob Denver" played the role, and when they came to drawing the show’s characters, the animators took inspiration from the movie which ran on CBS from 1959 to 1963.

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Bob Denver (Jan 9, 1935 – Sep 2, 2005)

Bob Denver / Maynard G. Krebs

The Skipper's little buddy on "Gilligan's Island" was born "Robert Osbourne Denver" in New Rochelle, New York but raised in Brownwood, Texas, he graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles, California with a degree in political science, and after graduation, he coached physical education and taught mathematics and history at Corpus Christi School.

The "Hollywood's Cannabis Pioneer" acted in college productions at Loyola and worked as a mailman and school teacher prior to landing his first professional acting job, as "Maynard G. Krebs" on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".

From 1959 to 1963, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" broke creative ground in TV sitcoms by having the titular high school neurotic directly address the audience and by showcasing the tube’s first beatnik in the form of Maynard G. Krebs, played to the hilt by Denver, "The Future Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island".

"Maynard" sports a goatee, plays bongos, skips baths, and freaks out instantly upon the mention of any one or combination of three particular words / work, marriage, and police. Some might call that paranoia; early ’60s small-town #Pot smokers would call that healthy fear.

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Characters of 'Scooby-Doo' Were Based on 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis'

The Gilligan, Denver & Pot Bust

In 1971, the Gilligan, Denver was arrested for possession of #Marijuana in his car and pleaded no contest for a reduced sentence of a $250 fine. In 1998, Police spent more than two hours making a mess of his house, and confiscated two marijuana pipes and 30 grams of pot, that he recieved by FedEx delivery.

Reports at the time suggested that Denver's Gilligan co-star "Dawn Wells" had arranged the shipment, that his checkbook included several suspicious payments to Wells, and that prosecutors were pressuring him to name Wells as his supplier, he pleaded no contest and received six months probation.

The "First #Stoner On Television" and the "Hollywood's Cannabis Pioneer" was arrested twice, why? because he likes to take puff or two before to going on the air! After retirement Denver lived in a remote part of West Virginia, where he hosted a syndicated radio show with his wife. Denver died in 2005 at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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