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January 28, 2008

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Dale Hazelton

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a unique fun character can be overexposed -- I wonder how much money Garry Marshall made off of cartoon spinoffs and toy promotions. I prefer how Winkler played Fonz in the first couple of seasons...the quiet and tough hoodlum who was more mystery than actual danger. And before Lords of Flatbush, he just wore that blue cotton Eisenhower-type jacket. You had to be tough to wear that powder blue number.

PTBartman

I was a huge Fonzie mark, I was in Middle School, When Happy Days was in it's prime.

My Favorite Fonzploitation moment was when Neil Diamond called Henry Winker up during his "Love at the Greek" television concert and had him sing "Song Sung Blue" the way the Fonz would do it.

Tried to find the clip but its not on yahoo etc. It was on the album so if you want to hear it get in touch with me and I'll send you the Mp3.

CoHo

My older sister was a cheerleader in the 70s. I recall reading the following cheer one of the mass-published cheer books and it permanently implanting itself my 12 year old brain.

"We may not win the gold
But we will win the bronze
Cause we've got spirit
Just like the Fonz
Ayyyyyyyyyyyy."

mike

I was hoping for "The Fonzarelli Slide" from Fonzie's Favorites. Well, "hoping" is too strong an emotion, perhaps.

jamesie

Yes but the irony was - he could not ride a motorcycle. I preferred the Lords of Flatbush movie where he started it all off.

margi

So children should eschew all natural instincts and try to sound like a goose in heat when they're in danger? At least they'll look cool in their morgue shots I guess.

Jeff

And bonus points for the ad using the wrong version of "it's."

You know there was some anal-retentive little kid who had nothing better to do than point that out to his friends.

Not me. Some other kid.

Clinton McClung

And if you look closely at the Colorforms ad near the bottom (click for larger view), you'll see that they spelled Fonzie's signature catch phrase as "Ayeee!". Which seems more like a scream for help.

RichieCunningham

Here's a news report about the Bronze Fonz from WISN news in Milwaukee:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUgy-7HI4r4

Less Lee Moore

Ah The Fonz. Inexplicably, I adored Happy Days as a kid, and would rush to the living room to watch it and Laverne and Shirley on Tuesday nights. Watching it now, I'm so embarrassed because it's truly awful. At some point in the 90s, right around the time of the "Buddy Holly" video by Weezer, I found a plastic Fonzie coffee mug at a thrift store and bought it to bring myself back down to earth whenever I felt uppity. And not too long afterwards, I found an old Fonzie poster in my grandma's junk room which sadly, was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

The most horrific Happy Days episode I can recall is the one where Richie became temporarily blind and the Fonz had to give him some speech so he wouldn't be filled with despair. I only wish I was kidding!

Ben.H

Less Lee Moore, I was hoping against hope you were going to say that the episode ended with Fonzie magically restoring Richie's sight by hitting him in the eyes.

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