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The Fonz

Happy Days is an American sitcom television series that aired first-run on the ABC network from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, with a total of 255 half-hour episodes spanning eleven seasons. Created by Garry Marshall, the series was one of the most successful of the 1970s, an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s Midwestern United States, and starred Ron Howard as young Richie Cunningham, Henry Winkler as his friend Fonzie, ...[Source: Wikipedia (Captured 10 Oct 2020)]

In the 1970's, it was a daytime TV program that I enjoyed while my children were very young.

That TV series took me back to my teenage years in the 1950's.
Ah, The Fonz. I loved that program because I could really identify the characters in it.


I started high school in January, 1955 and Joe started in September, 1957.

I’m not sure when Joe started as a paperboy for the Schenectady Gazette, the local morning newspaper.
I do know that he was delivering papers by 1956.

This picture was probably taken in 1957.

Joe and I in 1958.

Joe had a part time job all the time he was in high school.
In 1958, he was a life guard at the pool on the Navy Base in Rotterdam.
Later that year, he got a job working for the Schenectady Chemical Company.


I loved school and I got good grades. Math and physics were my favorite subjects.
I was in the high school chorus, in the Tri-Hi Club and on the student council.

Joe did well academically, too. He was active in band programs and interested in sports.

The Greatest Gift
I would have loved to go to college, but I knew my family couldn't afford it, so I just assumed I wouldn't go.
How surprised I was one day when I realized that my father knew I wanted to go to college
and he was prepared to find a way to send me.

Dad wanted all of us to go to college. He was working on THE PLAN.