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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

I ACTUALLY LIKE IT

THE FONZ IS OKAY

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"Old school" is in, and perhaps nowhere more than Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I'm working on another piece for later this week about the rebirth of Schlitz.  It's perfect in light of yesterday's celebration of a decades old TV show that Milwaukee won't let go of.

I'll admit, I never really watched Happy Days. I was kind of indifferent to the placement of the statue of a by-gone sitcom character on our river walk. Generally speaking, I'm one of these native Milwaukeans who is so hoping the rest of the world will forget Laverne and Shirley was based here.

All that said, I love the bronze Fonz. I may even go to see it.

Watching that ceremony yesterday was pretty neat. Courtesy of Chopper 4 with Power Zoom I saw the live feed coming in from the procession of the cast down Wisconsin Avenue. It was unbelievable! People are running out to Henry Winkler's car... shaking his hand... they're on over-passes and at intersections waving and cheering. It was just really neat.

For his part, I love that Winkler enjoyed it all. He couldn't have said nicer things about Milwaukee and our people. He couldn't have been better to all the folks who came out looking for hand-shakes, pictures, and autographs. He even signed some lady's Fonzie socks.

The thing about Winkler I respect most, however, is that he gets that he's the Fonz. You often see actors who've played iconic characters early in their careers later resent that very role. They don't want to talk about that character from years ago. They've moved on to other "serious" acting or whatever.

Henry Winkler has serious acting to his credit. He is an accomplished director. He's now even writing children's books. Guess what? He's the Fonz. He'll always be the Fonz, and he knows it. He loves it. He owns it. Refreshing.

I like the statue. I love the guy. I give it thumbs up. Ha!

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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