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The Falcons - The toughest street gang in Milwaukee mentioned on the sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84.

Arthur 'The Fonz' Fonzarelli - HAPPY DAYS

Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), an ultra-cool garage mechanic was a former member of this street gang in his formative years.

When Fonzie's younger cousin Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) considered joining a street gang called the Lords, Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) told him how Fonzie terminated his gang association.

In a flashback sequence, Fonzie and a bunch of Falcon gang members dressed in black leather jackets entered a cafeteria where Richie and his friends, Ralph (Donny Most) and Potsie (Anson Williams) were sitting 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."

Richie raised an objection about moving from the booth, and he was challenged to rumble with Fonzie in the alley on Saturday night and told to BYOB (Bring Your Own Band-Aid).

The Fonz and Richie Cunningham
Fonzie and Richie Cunningham

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.

The story convinced Chachi to turn down his invitation to became a gang member.

TRIVIA NOTE: The Falcons was the name of the street gang to which Garry Marshall, the series creator belonged while growing up in the Bronx in New York City. On the series The Red Devils gang were the Falcons rivals.

Another street gang called the Sons of Death were featured on the episode "Fonzie Goes To The Dentist", when a concerned Arthur Fonzarelli leaves the instruction to throw the dentist out of the window should anything happen him.  

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