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Bronze Fonz hits Milwaukee this summer

by Erin Martell, posted May 28th 2008 6:02PM
Bronze FonzNow that local groups have raised enough money, the Bronze Fonz statue will make its Milwaukee debut at an August 19 dedication ceremony. Henry Winkler will attend the ceremony, along with Happy Days co-stars Marion Ross, Tom Bosley, Erin Moran, Don Most, and Anson Williams. A few spots for the statue were considered, but the Fonz found a home on the city's RiverWalk.

This project has been in the works since last fall, when a Milwaukee tourism group announced its plan to raise funds for the statue. The dedication ceremony is invitation-only, but the public is welcome to attend a free frozen custard social following the dedication. Later that day, the Happy Days cast will throw out the first ball at a Brewers game and Anson Williams, better known as Potsie, will sing the National Anthem.

As a Milwaukee resident, I'm not sure how I feel about the statue. There's absolutely no chance that the statue will be visually appealing. On the other hand, some crazy fans will probably come out of the woodwork for the festivities, so there's a definite potential for mocking there.

Would you get your photo taken with the Bronze Fonz? Do you think the statue will really bring tourists to Milwaukee?

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Milwaukean here -- and this is the worst idea ever! I think they're putting this atrocity on the riverwalk (which is lovely and a great place to have drinks). How many people even remember that "Happy Days" took place in Milwaukee - at least LaVerne and Shirley worked in a brewery. How can we go from the Calatrava to this??

May 29 2008 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I will never go to Milwaukee again!

Not that I ever went there in the first place. You don't have anything else there to do?

May 29 2008 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What, no bronze blondz on his arms?

May 28 2008 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about the Laverne and Shirley statue?

May 28 2008 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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