( Klondike 5-1313
565 North Clinton Drive
(c/o garage apartment)
Arthur (a.k.a. “The Fonz”) is a single,
ultra-cool Italian-American auto mechanic
who loves to ride
motorcycles. Abandoned by
his father, Vito Fonzarelli (a merchant
seaman) when he was a child, the Fonz now
lives over a garage owned by Howard and
Marion Cunningham who have adopted Arthur as
one of the family.
Fonzie hangs out at a local hamburger joint
Arnold's Drive-In Restaurant and uses
the men's restroom as his office. Because of the Fonzarelli mystique, the Fonz is constantly
surrounded by a bevy of beautiful teenage girls.
All he had to do is snap his fingers and they
came a running.
Three favorites ladies of the
Fonz were Boom Boom, a gorgeous blonde; Pinkie Tuscadero, a sexy motorcycle queen [who is
“cooler” than the Fonz]; and an even “cooler”
mystical hip chick known as Cat Mandu.
Fonz & Boom
Besides these lovely ladies, Fonzie’s friends included:
- Arnold, the owner of
Arnold Drive-In (both Matsuo Takahashi & Al Delvecchio)
- Richie Cunningham, a student from
Jefferson High School whom Fonzie mentored in
the ways of women
- Joanie Cunningham, Richie’s
precocious little sister [whom the Fonz called
- Howard "Mr. C." Cunningham,
Richie's father, who owns Cunningham Hardware
Store and belong to the Leopard Lodge
"Mrs. C" Cunningham, a homemaker who
affectionately call the Fonz "Arthur"
- Warren "Potsie"
Weber, an aspiring singer
- Ralph Malph, the
teller of corny jokes
- Spike, Arthur's tough
little nephew (who likes flowers)
- Arthur’s enterprising young cousin Charles
“Chachi“ Arcola [who later married Joanie]
Fonz’s catchphrase is “Aaaayh!” [accompanied by
a thumbs-up gesture]. The Fonz can also start
the coin-fed juke box at Arnold’s Drive-In
restaurant by thumping it with his fist in just
the right spot, which only he seems to know.
When Fonzie ate lunch at Arnold's Drive-In
Restaurant, he enjoyed a garnish of parsley with
his sandwich. When the owner of Arnold's asked
"Why do you eat that stuff?" the Fonz replied
"Why does Popeye eat Spinach?" Although the Fonz
liked Parsley, he detested liver and anybody who
had anything to do with it. Fonzie also had a
hard time admitting he was "wr-wr-wrong."
The Fonz's hero is The Lone Ranger and like his
hero Fonzie lived by his own code of honor. They
included the sentiments "Live fast, love hard,
and don't let anyone else use your comb" and "A
man saves your life, any favor he asks you gotta
answer it" (The Fonzarelli Code).
The Cunninghams & The Fonz
Fonzie first became acquainted with the
Cunningham's through their son, Richie. In a
flashback sequence, Fonzie, a former member of
the toughest street gang in Milwaukee known as
The Falcons, entered a cafeteria where Richie
and his friends, Ralph and Potsie sat at a
table. One of the Falcons said "Hey, there's
three nerds sitting in your booth, Fonz!" The
Falcons then pointed to a message carved into
the table top that read: "This is Falcon Turf."
When Richie raised an objection about moving
from the booth, he was challenged to rumble with
Fonzie in the alley on Saturday night and told
to BYOB (Bring Your Own Band-Aid). Richie met
the Fonz but after talking, they became friends.
The Fonz soon realized that he didn't need to
wear a gang jacket to be cool.
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