21 Sep 2010 - It was on his twentieth birthday back on September 21, 1970, now 40 years ago, Bill Murray was arrested for drug possession.
As the story goes, Murray was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport waiting to board a plane to Denver, where he was a pre-med student at Regis University. In a moment of sheer stupidity, he told a fellow passenger that he was carrying two bombs in his luggage as a joke. A ticket agent overheard him, and called over federal agents. This is where the sheer stupidity -- or being totally baked -- comes into play. He didn't have bombs, but he was carrying five bricks of marijuana -- 10 pounds, valued at $20,000.
Actor Bill Murray's arrest and subsequent conviction (he was placed on probation) for pot possession have been referenced in some of the early profiles about the star, but it remains one of the lesser known exploits in his gonzo resume.
Sept 1970 - Chicago Tribune news brief - William Murray, 20, of 1930 Elwood Dr., Wilmette (Il.), was standing in line waiting to board a plane to Denver at O'Hare International Airport yesterday when he jokingly told another passenger that he was carrying two bombs in his luggage.