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NEWS: Milwaukee Immortalizes The Fonz in Bronze

Aaaaaayyyy!

Aaaaaayyyy: The Fonzies meet, courtesy of Zaitz Photography/Spirit of Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wis.—The Fonz is back, groovin’ all week with you. Last month, Milwaukee dedicated a bronze, life-size statue of the lovable greaser that made “Happy Days” a hit. The bronze Fonz (or as I like to call him, the Bronzie) was greeted with much fanfare as it was went up downtown on the city’s RiverWalk along the Milwaukee River. Some members of the city’s arts community weren’t thrilled that money, resources and attention were going to this pop culture creation, but that didn’t stop the city from celebrating. Henry Winkler, Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli himself, was there for the Aug. 19 dedication as were other “Happy Days” cast members. “Laverne & Shirley” (Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams), Wisconsin’s other classic TV greats, swung by as well. That night, Winkler threw out a respectable first pitch at the Brewers game, and fans were greeted with a special video message from Ron Howard, who wasn’t able to make the festivities. After the Mary Tyler Moore statue in Minneapolis and the Bronzie, let’s hope these kind of tributes don’t jump the shark. — Hilary Solan