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Milwaukee group raising funds for statue of Henry Winkler's 'Happy Days' character

By RobotGod     Sep 26, 2007 in Entertainment
Visit Milwaukee, a group that promotes the city as a tourism destination, is leading an effort to raise money for a bronze sculpture of the character played by Henry Winkler on TV's "Happy Days," which was set in Milwaukee.
breitbart reports that $45,000 has been raised toward a goal of $85,000 to commission the statue.
Winkler seems like he doesn't know what to say:
"It's an honour," says Winkler. "But it is so bizarre to think there should be a statue."
"If it helps the city, a city that has been so supportive and warm to me over the years, then I am so OK with it," the 61-year-old actor says.
Winkler played Arthur (Fonzie) Fonzarelli on the comedy. It had a good run, airing from 1974 to 1984. The series also starred Ron Howard(Now a famous director), Marion Ross, Tom Bosley and Erin Moran.
Visit Milwaukee is confident that the statue will be unveiled next year. They have every reason to be. They are halfway there. And it's a definite win/win. The dedication ceremony would draw media attention to Milwaukee, and the sculpture would provide another tourism draw.
Winkler said he would be willing to come to Milwaukee for the statue's dedication. He's a class act. His character seems dorky now, but the actor seems to be a good guy.
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