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