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Arthur Fonzerelli and the Moral Decay of Society

Some years ago, I was handed a CD titled "Fonzie's Make-Out Music". I don't remember what warranted this gift, but it's on a shelving unit next to my bed, at about eye level from my pillow. I never gave it much thought, but it must have been what caused me to wake up in the middle of the night to research this...
    Henry Winkler was 29 years old when Happy Days began filming. Nine years older than Ron Howard, eight years older than Don Most, seven years older than Anson Williams.

    Richie, Potsie, and Ralph were all in the same class, so let's average those together and say that the Fonz was eight years older than them. Nobody's playing their age, but using this for reference, the man is at least four years out of high school. (or would have been, had he graduated)

      True or false:
      Through most of the series, the Fonz was dating Richie's classmates?

    I can't find much evidence one way or the other, but this is how I remember it. And, that's a little creepy, don't you think?
I mean, come on. Even if he's not dating high school girls well into his thirties, the Fonz is a hoodlum. A benevolent thug, I'll grant you, but not really what you'd call a positive role model.

How many of us grew up with the Fonzie lunchboxes, that coloring book where we're told to "be cool like the Fonz" 'cause he doesn't beat up little kids when their frisbees clonk him on the head and it really hurts, and that glorious cartoon? (what? if the Fonz can repair a motorcycle, he should be able to fix a time machine. they're practically the same thing.)

The character was loved by children, and merchandised accordingly. And the show was certainly a cultural phenomenon. What kind of impact did this have? Was it offset by the Fonz himself growing into an upstanding citizen as the series progressed? Or do the constant re-runs of earlier episodes invalidate that?

I don't have any answers. But a few hours ago, I didn't have any questions either.

Whatever. I'm goin' back to bed.
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