Documentation & Verification

The Waldos have MULTIPLE pieces of physical evidence / proof that they were using the term ‘420’ in cannabis context dating back to the early 1970’s, many decades before the rest of the world, and media picked up on the slang. There is no earlier evidence of ‘420’. The items are preserved in a high-security bank safety deposit vault, they have been and will continue to be available for inspection/documentation by Official Press.

Some of the items include:

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Letter From College

Early 1970’s U.S. Postmarked letter. Waldo Steve went off to college before the other Waldos. Waldo Dave wrote to Steve referring to ‘Waldo’, and using ‘420’ in cannabis context. Furthermore, Waldo Dave refers to his/Waldo association with the Grateful Dead.

Letter From Patty

2nd Letter Early 1970’s U.S. Postmarked letter. In the very early 1970’s, a San Rafael High School lady friend, Patty, knew of the tales of The Waldos and made them a ‘420’ banner in an S.R.H.S. arts & crafts class in the style and textures of the era. The flag is dated because she wrote to Waldo Steve and explicitly referred to the ‘420 flag’.

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The Original ‘420’ Flag

  • The flag is in the style of early 70’s arts and crafts–a batik, similar to a tie dye.
  • The flag is emblazoned with a large cannabis leaf—indicating the meaning behind 420.
  • Official school transcripts help date the flag.
  • The creator of the flag is still friends with the Waldos, living in Marin, and has met with credible official Press (along with the Waldos) to document its creation.
  • Forensic labs or auction houses may further date the flag by degradation of dyes, etc.

Letter From Across The Sea

3rd Letter Early 70’s International Postmarked letter. One friend of Waldo Steve, Ken, went to Israel to live on a Kibbutz. He wrote Steve using the term‘420’, complaining that there was a lack of cannabis on the Kibbutz. The author of the letter is still a friend and living in Marin.

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Early 70’s S.R.H.S. Newspaper with Student Reference to ‘420’

The Waldos have a San Rafael High School ‘Red and White’ Newspaper dated early 70’s — this is an original paper and not a photocopy or archived image. In the ‘Question Man’ column, a Waldo family member answers the Question Man with a simple answer of “420”.

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Embossed Official Military Records

One Hundred Sixty Seven Pages of Official United States Coast Guard Records back up the time, place, people, and events of the Waldo’s Origin of ‘420’.

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Official School Transcripts

School records have been obtained that show the early 70’s San Rafael High School arts and crafts class where the 420 flag was created.

Huffington Post Verification

The Huffington Post confirmed with Greatful Dead bassist Phil Lesh personally about the Waldo/Dead association. They were earlier referred to in Waldo Dave’s postmarked letters. This is only one of a number of connections –Waldo Mark was also responsible for further Waldo/Dead associations.

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Eyewitness Account of 420 Treasure Map

In 1971 the Waldos received a cannabis cultivation treasure map from their friend Bill, drawn by a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. The search for the growing operation fueled the beginnings of the phrase ‘420’. Now, nearly half a century later, an eyewitness to the Coastguardsman’s first presentation of the 420 map has been found; Bill’s younger brother Patrick was there to witness the moment the map was first unveiled. Details and names, have now unfolded. Read the 420 Map Eyewitness Account here

More Items Of Proof

Other items of 420/Waldo significance are also available for inspection by Press at the vault. The Waldos Association with the Grateful Dead

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