After 200 Happy Paydays, the Fonz & Co. Celebrate a Boisterous Anniversary
Blow-ups of the original cast adorned the walls, proving that bank balances aren't the only things that have changed. Now-graying Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham) had black hair. The Fonz wore a windbreaker then; network brass thought a leather jacket would grease the show's clean-cut image. They relented after a few shows, and the Fonz's first leather jacket now hangs in the Smithsonian. At his audition, Winkler remembers warning producer Marshall: "You don't want me. You want someone six feet tall and macho." Now, all 5'6½" of the Fonz is a high school dropout American folk hero—who will soon settle down on the show. "He may get married," Marshall revealed, "to someone completely the opposite of him—a very classy girl."
As a Wurlitzer jukebox blared oldies, veteran cast members—like Marion Ross (Mrs. Cunningham), Scott Baio (Chachi) and Anson Williams (Potsie)—chatted with some new members of the family: Lynda Goodfriend (Lori Beth Cunningham), Cathy Silvers (boy-crazy Jenny Piccalo) and Ted McGinley (coach Roger Phillips). Alumnus-turned-producer-director Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) arrived in shirt sleeves. "What's the matter, Ronnie?" joked Jerry Paris, who directs most of the episodes. "Can't afford a coat?" Grad Donny Most (Ralph Malph) stopped by to see his old friends. And Morgan Fairchild thanked the show for helping her career. "I played a rich bitch on Happy Days back in 1977 as one of Fonzie's girls," she recalled. "That led to a running rich-bitch part on Mork & Mindy. And eventually another rich-bitch role on Flamingo Road." The nicest thought as the 200th show went into the can was that all these Happy Days will live happily ever after in reruns.