Life at Jefferson High in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was awesome in the 1950’s. Just ask Ritchie Cunningham and all his friends. “Happy Days” brought the Cunninghams into our living rooms in 1974 and we havent forgotten them since. The show ran for 10 years and spun off several shows. (Mork and Mindy, Joannie loves Cha Chi and Laverne and Shirley)
If you’re reading this you probably know the basics about the series but some of the rumors are REALLY interesting.
So lets skip the generalities and get right to the good stuff. Keep in mind….you can’t believe everything you read on the web but here are a few trivia points we dug up.
COOL TRIVIA ALERT:
Fonzie’s full name is Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli
Ritchie’s older brother Chuck “went to college” after the first season but then dissappeared. Producer Garry Marshall said they realized that “Fonzie” was the big brother character Ritchie needed.
The entire series originated as a skit on Love American Style
Both Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith of The Monkees auditioned for the role of Fonzie
The network wanted to rename the show “Fonzie’s Happy Days” or just “Fonzie” but threatened resignations by Garry Marshall and Ron Howard stopped that from happening.
Joanie Cunningham’s middle name was Louise.
In one episode Marion and Howard Cunningham are coming out of a movie, “The Music Man” and Marion commented on how the little boy looked like Ritchie and Howard said, “Don’t be silly”. (Ron Howard DID play the little boy in the 1962 flik)